Finance

How blockchain-based payment is changing the cannabis industry

Legal cannabis is a $7-billion business in the U.S.—and it’s almost all done in cash. That’s in the process of changing. The mental picture of people stuffing piles of $20 bills into their mattresses isn’t far off from the truth for some cannabis business owners. The drug may be legal in some states, but it’s still […]

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CFO strategies for disruption, innovation and prediction

Ask 643 chief financial officers from around the world what challenges they face and how they are solving them, and what would you discover? IBM’s Institute for Business Value (IBV) did just that, and the new research has identified key areas that successful CFOs are mastering. In the just-released study from IBV, “Redefining Performance: Insights […]

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Oki Matsumoto: Advice on how to be disruptive—and stay disruptive

When Oki Matsumoto, Chief Executive Officer of Monex Group, Inc., speaks in front of an audience about bold technological disruption and the future of finance, he gestures with an elegant, sweeping arc of his arm. It’s as if he is tracing the trajectory of a big idea.He has a demeanor that is brilliantly wise and […]

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Can we remake the leadership industry?

Book Review: Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time, by Jeffrey Pfeffer (Harper Business)   To be a successful C-suite leader today, you must be authentic, modest, truthful and selfless—right? Not if you want to win in today’s environment, suggests Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. […]

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Why clear communication is key

C-suite leaders often reach their leadership position by excelling in a certain focus. For chief marketing officers, that might be the development of branded content strategies. For chief information officers, it might be mastery of integrating new technologies with legacy systems. For chief financial officers, it might be proven ability at managing risk. But what […]

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Step-by-Step: Lead a culture shift

Build a strong team to transform your company Introduction Often tasked with steering the design and integration of large-scale digitization efforts, the chief data officer’s potential to add strategic value makes them a leading change agent. That’s one of the reasons CDOs have seen their stature and influence rise, according to a report by The […]

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Step-by-Step: Foster an agile culture

Scale collaboration to drive business outcomes Introduction Agile is a way of working that was originally created to improve software development, but its measurable effect on business results has made it an attractive way to work for all types of organizations and teams. Agile is not simply an initiative, nor is it a mode of […]

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Manage organizational change

Enable and scale creative collaboration Introduction Your organization’s clients pursue big data and analytics with the expectation of a positive return on their investment. Only 63% of companies achieve that goal within the first year. 1 That’s because when companies embark on pursuing big data and analytics strategies, they embark on a journey that is […]

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Use data to deliver an exceptional client experience: Step by step

Introduction Obtaining a single view of the customer can be extraordinarily difficult, but it is the only way in which organizations can understand the preferences and buying habits of their most profitable customers and create a superior experience. Deriving those insights takes more than simply obtaining, collecting and storing information; it means harnessing that information […]

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Step-by-Step: Prepare for a seat on a board of directors

Tap your network to research corporate governance Step 1: Gain relevant experience. A board seat with a large public company is unlikely to be your first experience. Start looking for opportunities where you can get board experience quickly. Boards of local nonprofits, an industry organization, a university and smaller companies are good places to start. […]

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Steve Morlidge: Financial management enters a new age

An accountant by training and with a quarter century of finance experience behind him, Steve Morlidge marries an entrepreneur’s instinct for reimagining traditional processes with a logician’s understanding of general ledger fundamentals. That may explain why he is much in demand as a thinker and advisor. A visiting fellow with the Centre for Business Performance […]

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Watson in finance

While Watson’s victory on Jeopardy! was a stunning feat, it was just the beginning of a new way of thinking about how cognitive computing can help us live and work better.IBM is partnering with financial institutions to teach Watson the business of retail and institutional banking. The ability to work with financial services experts to […]

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