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Leadership, a New Comic and Business Analyst Interviews: Most Popular Posts

Posted by Kari Hulac on Jul 31, 2014 4:00:00 AM

10879__320x240_randygFinding time to stay current about finance topics or your own professional development can be difficult so we’re lending a hand by sharing five of our most popular blog posts in July, in no particular order.

Read on for insights into reaching your potential on the job, interviewing for a business analyst position, the benefits of financial consulting and more.

1. Leadership Library: Your Life Story Holds the Key to Your True Potential

In this overview of Peter Sims’ book True North you’ll learn how to tap your “best self,” by studying five areas of authentic leadership: your purpose, your values, your relationships, your self-discipline and your heart.

2. Office Humor: Does Someone in Your Office Communicate Like This? 

Don’t worry. Not all of your summer reading has to be serious. One of our most popular posts this month was a comic by artist Randy Glasbergen (pictured above.) Check it out if you missed it and look for more comics by Glasbergen to appear soon.

Topics: Career Advice, Leadership, Professional Development, Book Reviews, comic

8 Clues an Employee Is Ready for Leadership Training

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Jul 30, 2014 3:43:37 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-executive-leadership-development-program-July-2014Countless articles and blogs address leadership and executive leadership development plans — and for good reason. Without great leaders, there would be no great organizations. Keeping the leadership pipeline full is one of the keys to creating and maintaining a successful business.

Leadership development within your company should always be a high priority. Some companies see a need to create an in-house executive leadership development program. Others turn to an outside program, or they pair employees with an executive coach.

No matter which route you choose, it’s important to select the people with the drive to get on the leadership track. But who are the right candidates? Potential leaders will often display certain traits to tip you off. Let’s examine eight of them.

Topics: Management Advice, Leadership, Professional Development

How Do Your Accounting Operations Measure Up?

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Jul 28, 2014 4:54:00 PM


The number of active general ledger accounts in the United States and Canada is growing, but reconciliation practices still remain quite labor-intensive. How efficient are your accounting operations?

Whether it's end-of-year, quarterly or perhaps even monthly, account reconciliation can be one of the most stressful and time-consuming tasks in finance and accounting. While it may be a bit old-fashioned, manual reconciliation remains tried and true. Finding ways to improve processes and efficiency, however, can allow you to reallocate valuable resources to more productive and necessary tasks, resulting in additional benefits for your company.

Topics: Management Advice, Industry Trends, Accounting, Finance, Benchmarking, Financial Executives Research Foundation

Going with the Flow: Cash is Key (if not King)

Posted by Jim DeLoach on Jul 24, 2014 4:52:43 PM

Jim-DeLoach-Protiviti-photoThis post is originally from The Protiviti ViewProtiviti, a subsidiary of Robert Half, is a global consulting firm that helps companies solve problems in finance, technology, operations, governance, risk and internal audit. The Protiviti View, the company’s blog, features commentary, insights and points of view on key challenges and risks facing companies today.

Our annual Finance Priorities Survey provides an insightful glimpse into business post-recession. Cash management and working capital, always a priority, have taken on even greater importance for chief financial officers and finance executives. Given the past six years and the scary recession experience itself, that shouldn’t be surprising.

Topics: Finance, Protiviti

8 Common Business Analyst Interview Questions

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Jul 23, 2014 3:58:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-business-analyst-questionsIf you're hunting for a business analyst job, prepping for common types of interview questions can help alleviate any pre-interview jitters. Although business analyst positions vary from company to company, there are a number of questions you are likely to hear in any interview for this job.

The more familiar you are with what you may be asked, the better your chances of acing the interview. Here are eight typical business analyst interview questions and how to prep for them.

Topics: Career Advice, Interviews, Business Analyst

Risk Management Consulting: A Day in the Life

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Jul 21, 2014 3:26:54 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-enterprise-risk-management-day-in-the-lifeEnterprise risk management (ERM) is a highly specialized field, but that doesn’t mean these professionals deal with narrowly defined areas of a company. If you’re looking into this line of work, you’ll be called upon to collaborate with and get input from colleagues at all levels of the organization and from all business lines.

There are many specialties within ERM, and the expertise of most risk management consultants fits within their chosen area. Many have a background in accounting, business administration, economics or mathematics.

Wondering what you might do if you worked as an ERM consultant? Here’s a rundown of what your typical day could be.

Topics: Consultants, Risk, Compliance

SOX Compliance: Where Are We Now?

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Jul 17, 2014 12:51:00 PM

2014_SOX_Survey_coverAlthough Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) has been on the regulatory scene for more than a decade, organizations are still coming to terms with its implications. And while how companies address it continues to evolve, SOX compliance is a reality that has forever changed financial reporting processes.

So where are we today in terms of compliance activity and its costs? A recent study from Robert Half and and Financial Executives Research Foundation, the research affiliate of Financial Executives International, found 99 percent of U.S. executives expect compliance costs to increase or stay the same over time.

In terms of SOX compliance, findings from global consulting firm Protiviti’s 2014 Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Survey of more than 600 finance professionals indicate some organizations still have a ways to go to get up to speed.

Topics: Industry Trends, Accounting, Audit, Compliance, Protiviti, Financial Executives International, Financial Executives Research Foundation

Becoming a Great Mentor

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Jul 16, 2014 4:58:50 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-becoming-great-mentorEvery accounting and finance professional who’s had a mentor knows how valuable the experience can be. But mentoring relationships aren’t just about helping mentees learn the ropes of a job or build their careers. They can also provide growth opportunities for the mentor.

In a Robert Half Management Resources survey, chief financial officers cited the internal satisfaction that came through helping someone else succeed as the greatest benefit of being a mentor. Others top perks reported include the chance to develop more leadership skills and expand their professional networks.

Topics: Career Advice, Management Advice, Leadership, Professional Development

Life as a Financial Consultant: 3 Reasons to Love Every Day

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Jul 14, 2014 4:33:00 PM

Robert-Half-Management-Resources-blog-day-in-the-life-of-a-financial-consultantFinancial consulting is a popular career option for many senior-level practitioners. Companies of all shapes, sizes and sectors call on specialized, versatile and proactive project professionals to join their teams and shake up their strategies, for both shorter periods and longer stretches of time.

If you’re an experienced finance or accounting professional looking for a change of pace, shifting to a consulting career could prove rewarding. The diversity, flexibility and autonomy that go with the territory could bring welcome challenges and fulfillment.

Here are three reasons you might love life as a financial consultant.

Office Humor: Does Someone in Your Office Communicate Like This?

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Jul 10, 2014 1:02:43 PM

MRtoon-1230We’re introducing a new comic series today that will occasionally appear in the Robert Half Management Resources blog.

It’s drawn by longtime artist Randy Glasbergen, whose work appears in numerous publications worldwide.

Many of his cartoons definitely hit upon the business and workplace management topics near and dear to our readers, including this gem on business communication skills, so we hope you enjoy it.

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