Adapting for the Future

By The Center Team on March 1, 2022

News and insights to keep you up to date and on track: CFO views on tech, jump-starting innovation, 10 business travel predictions, and more.

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CFOs’ Evolving Views of Tech

Daniel Butcher for Strategic Finance | @SFMagazineIMA

Seven CFOs discuss how their use of technology and data analytics has changed in the face of COVID-19, and how they have adapted to overcome the challenges presented by the shifting business landscape.

“Finance teams with a high degree of automation and defined methods were able to adapt to this sudden change over the last year and continue to execute their responsibilities in a timely manner.”

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10 Future Business Travel Trends & Predictions for 2022/2023 and Beyond

Jenny Chang for FinancesOnline | @financesonline

Despite advances in technology, business travel trends indicate there’s really no substitute for face-to-face interactions. But travelers want more flexibility than ever before.

“Corporate travelers need a booking process that provides better availability and allows them to choose from more property and rate options. Combined with emerging preferences for unconventional accommodations, the need for more varied booking options pushes corporate travel policies to become more flexible.”

Go deeper on how finance can help organizations emerge from a crisis stronger than ever: Staying Nimble: Corporate Controller Q&A.

How to Jump-Start Innovation and Organizational Change

Louise Muhdi for strategy + business | @stratandbiz

Short-burst virtual collaboration modules can empower employees to solve disruptive problems quickly and creatively.

“Companies that stick to the old ways and focus on titles, reporting lines, and job descriptions will be unable to unleash a short burst of rapid adaptability. This is a time to be pragmatic and to pool whatever skills and experience may represent a piece of the puzzle.”

More on empowering teams to grow and be more strategic: How Finance Teams Use Their Time

4 Ways Managers Can Increase Flexibility Without Losing Productivity

Margaret M. Luciano for Harvard Business Review | @HarvardBiz

Managers need to think differently about when employees work together, who works together, and how to share information, all while staying abreast of changes.

“Priorities are likely to change over time, especially in dynamic environments. Frequently and clearly communicating priorities will help ensure that your employees’ time and efforts are well spent, no matter when or where they’re working.”

More tips from Center: How Finance Teams Have Adapted to New Realities. CFO loads up inventory as just-in-time delivery loses favor

Maura Webber Sadovi for CFO Dive|  @CFODive

CFO David Meniane led his company in an unexpected direction—loading up on inventory. The impact? Revenue grew 33% year-over-year.

“In this environment [just-in-time] doesn’t work. The longer the lead time, the less reliable the supply chain, the more inventory you have to carry. Otherwise we lose the sale to whoever has inventory and is more aggressive.”

Leaders: This is exactly what ‘more communication’ should look like

Dustin York for Fast Company | @fastcompany

Employees want transparency about anything that affects their work, but they also want communications to be frequent, regularly scheduled, and available in multiple formats.

“Just like transparency, feedback has always been an important part of organizational communication but it’s now more important than ever and needs to be given much more frequently.”

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