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Ariella
Ariella
3/19/2018 2:19:21 PM
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Re: Digital CFO ==> ?
@vnewman that certainly is more important than any particular scale fo ran agile organization. But I think that most people --  particularly the ones who scren out appliacant is in HR-- think too much in the box to put that kind of thing in a job description.

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vnewman
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3/19/2018 1:46:17 PM
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Re: Digital CFO ==> ?
I think we will soon see research skills and the ability to learn new concepts take a front seat in job descriptions.

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mpouraryan
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3/17/2018 2:24:22 PM
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Re: Digital CFO ==> ?
Those who read their audience, understand the message and position it the right way will always prevail.    

 

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Ariella
Ariella
3/14/2018 2:58:22 PM
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Re: Digital CFO ==> ?
@vnewman Back in 2010 big data was a new term to me, but within the next year I learned a lot about it, enough to make the list of bloggers specializing in the topic in 2012. In 2013 I had barely heard of bitcoin, but I was recruited to write on the topic for CoinDesk and so learned enough to do so. Now everyone's talking blockchain and crypto, but I studied up on it back in the day! So anyone who has some intellectual curisotiy, capability, and self-motivation can learn what they need to for their jobs.

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Ariella
Ariella
3/14/2018 2:48:02 PM
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Re: Digital CFO ==> ?
@vnewman I just got off the phone with someone whose business is recruiting. He said that in his experience capable people can and will learn the skills they need. That especially holds true, he said, for software developers who can learn new languages as needed once they have the core capability. People empowered to hire who get hung up on only giving the job to someone who has that particular language on their resume rather than giving the chance to the person on hand to learn  lose sight of the bigger picture of capability.

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vnewman
vnewman
3/14/2018 2:36:24 PM
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As an aside - Iíve personally always felt that I am capable of doing plenty of different ďjobsĒ other than the one I was hired for or what I was formally educated to be. Train me, give me a book or some online material, or just throw me into a situation and Iíll figure it out. So long as itís not brain surgery. Iím pretty confident in my own resourcefulness, perseverance, and logical/reasoning skills. So what if Iíve never done something before? Watch me now! Am I the only one to think so highly of myself? 😄

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vnewman
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3/14/2018 2:28:26 PM
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Re: Digital CFO ==> ?
@Ariella. Well thatís refreshing news. The mindset for most companies is to outsource for specialized skills while overlooking the talent that is right under their noses if they were willing to invest in it a bit. Of course it is not possible in every situation nor is every person capable of learning new skill sets (or wants to). But there are plenty of people who do. The rapidly changing tech landscape may force companies to look inward more often than they have in the past.

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elizabethv
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3/13/2018 5:23:44 PM
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Re: Digital CFO ==> ?
@Joe, I would think the CFO, more than any other position would be in a vital role to ensure they know more about the company than any other position, including the CEO, who has almost always naturally relinquished some of his power to the CFO. But money of course fuels our entire way of life, and as such fuels entire businesses. If the person in charge of financing a business, doesn't know how that money is being spent, they're really just being lazy in their responsibilities. 

 

And on a lighter note, I really just hope your idea for a C-suite job also ensures there is also toilet paper in the lavatory. I see the absense of the latter as a larger breakdown of the entire company. So really it's a vital role. 

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Ariella
Ariella
3/13/2018 12:48:00 PM
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I just read about what AT&T us doing for this, and I have to say I think it's a brilliant idea. So many companies pay lip service to valuing their people but in fact treat them as expendable, particularly when new skill set are needed. AT&T is investing in training its own people in the skills they need for digital tansformation. See https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/13/atts-1-billion-gambit-retraining-nearly-half-its-workforce.html

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vnewman
vnewman
3/12/2018 6:53:40 PM
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Itís definitely not a cure-all but it does accomplish a few important objectives: It takes some of the pressure off of the CFO. while giving people at all levels of the organization a degree of input into the technological decisions that impact them.

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