business intelligence

Manager or Leader

When I thought about some of the “Leaders” I have worked for, I look back on the employment with joy. These people “showed the way” and lead me in the right direction – sometimes even without me knowing that I was being led. But I have also worked [...]

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strategy management

Are we in control of rising cost or is cost ruling us?

As a young financial controller I made an observation that I won’t ever forget. I had collected the various departments’ budgets for the next 5 years (bottom up process) and summarized the numbers. The 5 year [...]

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what a difference words

What a difference words can do!

In my young days I worked for a big fortune 250 company. As the financial controller working in the shared services department, I had an experience which, I will never forget. All the managers (40 in total) were gathered for an extended management meeting and [...]

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Navigation by stars

Navigation by stars

There is an old quote that goes like this: “The old sailors steered by the stars, not to get there, but to keep a steady course”. This wisdom can also be applied by businesses. Our vision, mission and long term goals function as the stars. Even if you don’t get there they [...]

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strategy execution

Data, data everywhere!?

I was recently in Sweden speaking at a Business Intelligence conference. All the BI software vendors were lined up at the exhibition, and nice dashboards were shown. Most of the presenters looked at data as the “holy grail” and claimed that “the [...]

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Business intelligence and analytics

Trust Your Guts – Instinct vs Analytics

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards…you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never [...]

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strategy management

Software systems for Strategy Management – an art

I have now worked 16 years with software systems for Strategy Management/ Performance Management. In my earlier days I worked as a practitioner, but in the last 11 years my role has been that of a CEO [...]

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