By: Cherry Birch On: May 4, 2022

If you sit on a board or are presented with a set of financial accounts, how do you review them? I am not going to pretend that I can cover everything in this short article but at least give you some pointers and maybe arm you with some questions....

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By: Cherry Birch On: January 17, 2022

‘Deck the halls with boughs of holly Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la ‘Was the season to be jolly’ Whilst this might have been a wonderful time of year for many of us, it might also have been the season of spend, spend, spend …………fa –la –la- la – la – la! If...

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By: Cherry Birch On: December 16, 2021
By: Cherry Birch On: November 22, 2021

As we head towards yet another month end, you may be wondering how your area is performing versus budget or………………do you already know? Our systems are continually improving to give us a lot more real time data and whereas years ago, you would need to wait till at least...

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By: Cherry Birch On: November 4, 2021

I once wrote a blog on the subject of making Finance Training fun and definitely not boring. One of the comments, posted in reply, challenged me as to whether this really mattered – as long as the learning objectives were met. This intrigued me! You see when I was...

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By: Cherry Birch On: October 4, 2021

It was last weekend when an article in The Age caught my eye. The headline was “Undies index looking up”! It appears that there is an economic rule of thumb, championed by the former head of the U S Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, which is viewed as a crude...

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By: Cherry Birch On: September 27, 2021

In the last two weeks, I have been running virtual workshops on the topic of commercial capability. These workshops formed part of a larger leadership development program which was being rolled out for both Emerging and Aspiring leaders. When I was approached by the client and we started identifying...

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By: Cherry Birch On: March 11, 2021

This month International Women’s Day has once again prompted discussions about gender gaps and glass ceilings. It has also been sad to reflect on the setback that COVID has dealt for women in the workplace. Of course, the reasons for this are many and varied and I was reflecting...

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By: Cherry Birch On: March 3, 2021

Late last year we started working with a large MNC to design and develop a program entitled the Financial Leadership Metrics program. It had initially been requested by their Corporate Communications Group and pilot online sessions were attended by both Communications and also members of the Global Legal Team....

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By: Cherry Birch On: January 20, 2021

You may have seen on Social Media a similar image with the comment “Not to alarm you, but Mad Max was set in 2021”. Let’s hope that is not the case! Clearly 2020 was a challenging year for everyone in one form or another and saw many businesses irreparably...

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