Excel Heaven – Or is it Hell?

In a recent rebuttal letter to the Financial Times (Oct 30, "Hidden costs of a Microsoft Farewell" page 8), the writer states, "We are a spreasheet and data-modeling consultancy whose clients work exclusively from the Microsoft Office suite and for good reasons show little inclination to change their ways." when […]

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Is Performance Management a Recipe or a Stew?

Self-help writers and journalists often simplify a topic by describing the “X” number of steps to succeed. Examples include weight reduction diets or the pursuit of wealth. Business writers often do the same. A recent example is the article Moving to True Performance Management where the author warns it is […]

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The Next Russian Revolution?

There is another political revolution occurring in Russia, but it is not what you are thinking of. It does not involve President Vladimir Putin. It is not about governmental politics, but rather office politics. Many Russian organizations have advanced in their implementation of the various methodologies (e.g. the balanced scorecard) […]

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Disciplined Denmark Does the Performance Management Deed

Have you ever been to Copenhagen? I recently presented at a business conference there. It wasn't the abundance of bicycle traffic, not even the three-wheel carts carrying children that caught my attention. It’s the discipline. Danish cyclists, as well as pedestrians, patiently wait at traffic lights along with automobiles. Their […]

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Don’t Just Count the Beans – Grow Them

Last week was the 88th annual conference of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) held in Phoenix, and several of the speakers predicted a coming golden age of managerial accounting. Their reasoning: much more robust economic analysis is becoming essential for organizations to substantially improve their performance. Jeffrey Thomson, the […]

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