CFO Insights: Delivering High Performance by Michael R. Sutcliff, Michael Donnellan

By Michael R. Sutcliff, Michael Donnellan

CFO Insights: offering excessive Performance explores the results of Accenture’s excessive functionality finance examine and translates the hyperlink among excessive functionality enterprise and the position of the CFO in offering this. Written from the point of view of the manager monetary Officer, the ebook presents real-world, correct examples, together with flagship interviews with CFOs of excessive appearing companies. The booklet additionally comprises analyses ready through the Accenture method and enterprise structure perform, case stories, and chapters devoted to the CFO and monetary practices of Japan, China, Latin the USA, and japanese Europe.

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The idea is to improve not incrementally but dramatically, by continually setting stretch goals that push performance to new levels. High performers achieve this by employing fast-learning loops – processes that quickly transform insights on how to improve their algorithm into actions that result in precisely those improvements. Stretch goals yield the best results when they force employees to work smarter, not harder. Japan’s Toyota Motor Corporation offers an important lesson on stretch goals.

Yet they also recognize that the role of the corporate center is not fi xed but must evolve over time. Jack Welch may have become justifiably famous for his management of GE, but the real badge of accomplishment came from the fact that he actually tended the company through a number of distinct eras of management, successfully achieving different corporate agendas in each era. ” – the same advice he had received from his predecessor 20 years earlier. High performers also know that what their businesses need from a parent changes with the maturity of the business and its industry lifecycle, the changing structure and nature of the portfolio, external events and disruptive technologies.

In contrast, Zara is a prime example of a company that understands and exploits the three building blocks of high performance. A leading clothing manufacturer and retailer headquartered in Arteixo, Spain, Zara bases its high performance on the mastery of supply-chain management. As a result, it has built supply chain logistics into its business strategy and has devoted significant attention to designing an integrated operating model around this core competence. indd 20 08/02/2006 10:48:30 What it Takes to be a High-Performance Business consistently set industry standards for time to market, order fulfi llment, and customer satisfaction.

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