22Nov
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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04Nov
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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04Oct
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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27Sep
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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11Mar
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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03Mar
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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20Jan
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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22Dec
By: Cherry Birch On: December 22, 2020

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the FTA family! Check out the winner of the 2020 FTA alternative Christmas Carol – Silent Night!

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05Oct
By: Cherry Birch On: October 5, 2020

Back in March, an associate and good friend, invited me to partner with her as she took the workshops which we had been running together completely online. I declined. Six months later, virtual training sessions have become a way of life for us and if there was a Certificate...

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01Jul
By: Cherry Birch On: July 1, 2020

Like most people I have attended numerous webinars over the last few months and one poll question raised in a webinar this week was whether the COVID-19 pandemic had had a positive impact on organisations. The majority thought it had.  So I decided to reflect on what have been...

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