Category Archives: work

What Finance People Can Learn from NY Times Health Bloggers

I’m growing quite fond of my digital NY Times subscription because the paper provides some great fodder for my work blog. Oddly enough, the health writing seems to be providing the majority of this fodder so far. I purchased my subscription for half price late last year when they were running holiday deals and I’ll probably renew. Their marketing worked. Continue reading

Thoughts on Valuing RIM by a Finance Professor at NYU Stern

RIM has been in the news a lot lately with the hiring of their new CEO. I dug up Aswath Damodaran’s article from over a month ago about what he thinks RIM should do (he’s a Finance Professor from Stern School of Business). It’s especially applicable when considering Apple’s awesome quarter and Monday’s news that the new RIM CEO plans to “stay the course” (met by an over 8% drop in stock price to close at $15.56). Continue reading

Reducing Distractions a Matter of Life and Death for Some

I just saw an article in the New York Times entitled As Doctors Use More Devices, Potential for Distraction Grows. I feel that my industry, enterprise accounting and finance, falls prey to a comparable level of distraction. Personally, I need to take positive action to eliminate my Pavlovian reaction to a ringing or vibrating device. But that’s only part of the distraction problem. Continue reading

Information Overload, Complexity, and the Finance Department

Did you see the recent Newsweek article entitled I Can’t Think! from science writer Sharon Begley? It’s about information overload and how our brains often struggle with too much information. It’s highly applicable to decision-makers in any organization and may help your Finance department get better at matching the right amount of information with the business decision at hand. Continue reading

Google Apps: Almost Ready for Enterprise Finance Departments

I use Google Apps and they’re getting better every day. Lately, I’ve been spending a fair amount of time building spreadsheets in Google Docs and experimenting with Google web forms to compile data. Yes, they have disadvantages, but most of them relate to speed and responsiveness, not functionality, which is heartening. Continue reading