CFO Lunchtime Live Series

One of the good things to come out of the pandemic in 2020 was the launch of the CFO Series ‘CFO Lunchtime Live”. With the inability to run face to face events the CFO Series producers pivoted quickly to go “online” to be able to continue to deliver exceptional content for CFOs & Finance Leaders in Asia Pacific.

Having played the role of MC at the hugely popular CFO Series Breakfast events in 2018 and 2019 I was asked if I wanted to be the “host” of some of the “Lunchtime Live” webcasts. I jumped at the opportunity to be able to interview some exceptional CFOs, Finance Leaders and Business Leaders across Australia & NewZealand !

Following many of the webcasts, journalists Alexandra Cain and Nina Hendy have been putting together fantastic summaries of the discussions. As each of these have some really practical takeaways I’ve decided to start recording these below ! The latest will always be at the top and for some a link to the webcast is also provided ! Click ‘Continue Reading’ to go to the articles !

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10 Essential Best Practices for Small Business Owners

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As a small business owner, you likely wear many hats. From managing your business finances to serving as your own marketing department, there’s so much to do and so little time. To succeed in today’s competitive market, it’s essential that you adopt a few small business best practices to help your business run more efficiently and effectively. In this article, James Solomons shares 10 tips to help you manage your finances, streamline daily operations, and develop effective marketing strategies.

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Practical Steps to Preventing and Responding to a Ransomware Attack

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Like many other types of cybercrime, ransomware attacks are on the rise. More business owners are reporting encounters with ransomware each year, and criminals are getting smarter in how they weave through cybersecurity systems and processes. Given the constant changes in technology, it’s not surprising that no two ransomware attacks are the same. And that means there isn’t a one-size-fits-all strategy for preventing them altogether.

With that said, learning about the problem and taking practical steps can help mitigate the impact these attacks have on your company and customers. Today, James Solomons shares some key information and advice on preventing and responding to a ransomware attack.

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The Numbers People Podcast

It is not often that I talk about my career specifically or in any real detail, preferring to share the learnings from my professional journey. As it is my mistakes and experiences that can help others in their own journey. However when Richard Holmes from “hpr Consulting” reached out and asked me to come onto his Podcast “The Numbers People” to tell the story of my career to date I gave it some thought, and decided that because someone was asking me about my career, it was ok to indulge a little!.

The preceding 35 interviewees are an impressive bunch of finance and business leaders, so to join them on the Podcast series list is pretty cool.

You can listen to the Podcast on Apple or Spotify. Let me know what you think !


How You Can Move Past Financial Difficulties to Start a New Business

Guest Author – Tina Martin – ideasinspired.com

If you have been contemplating making a move into entrepreneurship, what’s holding you back? For many, past financial hardship or losses may make them reluctant to take this first step. They may worry that past mistakes will return to haunt them, or that potential lenders or investors will be put off by anything less than perfect on their financial record. If you have a viable idea for a business, however, you should not be prevented from pursuing it, even if you are still recovering from financial difficulties. Here are some guidelines for moving away from past setbacks and into a more promising future as a business owner.

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Should Your Organisation Allow Pets At Work? Here Are The Five Benefits Of Bringing Your Dog To The Workplace (Guest Post)

Guest Author: Sarah Walker, Founder of Dog Food Desire
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We see a rise in the number of companies permitting a pet at work. This has become more popular after gigantic multi-millionaire companies like Amazon and Google have welcomed this new thought. 

And why not? It makes complete sense why you should be allowed pets at work. There are some obvious pros and cons to it. But if we dive into the benefits, you will notice dramatically it helps a corporation. 

But why should companies work on it? Here are a couple of encouraging reasons why businesses can look into it and reconsider their animal policies at work. 

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