The New Normal

This year, already mid-way through, has turned out to be something for the record books for Europe. I wonder how we will look back at 2016 a few years from now? Is this the start of the “new normal” or is this a outlier is the steady march forward? Let’s consider some of the events ...

Competencies versus Experience

“You have the skills but you don’t have experience in this job, and I need someone with experience.” I’m sure you’ve all heard this before and I’d be interested to hear how you handled it. It is a bit like the chicken and the egg, but it does raise some interesting questions: Are skills transferrable? Is ...

Dealing with the short term while managing the long

We all have objectives, missions, strategies, dreams. Call it what you want if you’re managing a company, your own career or even just your life goals. We all try and have our destination in mind. – it gives us focus – it helps us align our actions in some form of consistency – it avoids ...

Is France burning?

  You’d probably answer yes, if you’ve been looking at the news or following events in France over the last few months, but is it really the case? At the moment France is burning. That’s how the media are largely portraying things. Some gas stations are running low or went empty for a few days. It ...

Public speaking

So here is a post I hadn’t thought of posting. Public speaking is so personal and some people seem really good at it while others just don’t seem to get it. But a few minutes ago I thought I’d share my thoughts on it as it was something I just did today. I happen to ...

Portfolio diversification – is it worth it?

This is a question that I often get asked. Being a CFO people just expect me to know about things like the stock market and investing. That turns out to be true as I mastered in finance at University and have the CFA charter as well. At one point in my life I wanted to ...

Early retirement

    I hesitated for a week before finally posting this. Is it normal for a blog on the musings of a CFO to include a section on retiring early? The more I thought about it the more I concluded that it was normal. I’m a financial manager of my company and so why shouldn’t ...

Disruptive change

  Change is an inevitable part of being in any organization. You get on well with your human resources leader and then he decides to leave and take another job elsewhere. The head of marketing and sales speaks exactly your language and then she decides life as an expat isn’t for her and she misses ...

Alternative investments : The furnished rental property

  Are leveraged investments a good or a bad thing ? I think a bad investment is anything you don’t fully understand and anything you don’t have control of. When I say control of, I don’t mean direct control as one never has control of the companies you buy stock in, but you control the buying ...

The Art of Negotiation

  Notice the title? Yes, it is really an art-form. And yes, there are loads of books on the subject, one written, in fact, by an old colleague of mine that I highly recommend (see the picture with this article). In these books you can read all about the various styles of negotiation and the ...

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