Author: John F. Levy

We all make predictions in our personal and professional lives. We base our decisions to marry, buy a house, launch a new product or hire staff on expectations about the future. How can we use best practices and current research to improve our ability to predict the future?

We will examine current best practices in forecasting to help us prepare better budgets and projections. We will also examine budgeting pitfalls and ways to avoid budget traps. We will discuss the risks that cause actual results to vary from our predictions and discuss methods to deal with both known and unknown risks.

Topics Discussed

Making Predictions

  • Why great predictions are not intuitive?
  • How to separate correlation from causation?
  • How to recognize and overcome bias?
  • Who is Thomas Bayes and why he matters?

Becoming a Great Predictor

  • Why the ability to doubt helps?
  • Why it is better to be a fox than a hedgehog?
  • How non-conformists change the world
  • Learn from the past without hindsight bias

Creating Great Projections and Budgets

  • Why the many purposes and types of budgets and projections cause distortions?
  • How benchmarking and metrics have changed the budget process?

Why Black Swan Risks Matters

  • What is Black Swan risk?
  • Why the risk you don’t know can hurt you?
  • Protect your company from unknowable risks

Case Studies and Discussion
The course material includes eight group discussions and case studies.

Target Audience
This seminar is for those who prepare, review, evaluate and use budgets and projections.

Level of Knowledge
Intermediate

Acronym
PTF

CPE Credit
8 hours group live

Area of Study
Accounting

Prerequisite
Participants should have at least six months of industry experience and thorough knowledge of financial accounting principles and practices.

Advanced Preparation
Bring a calculator

CFO Series Day 1

Advanced Skills, Made Easy!

Topics Discussed Credits
Advanced Planning: Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Projections 2 Accounting
Advanced Cost Accounting: Assigning Overhead 2 Accounting
Fixing Your Chart of Accounts 2 Accounting
Avoiding Death by PowerPoint: Create Better Presentations 2 Software

Discussion Leader
John L. Daly, Tom Henry, Bill O’Brien or Don Minges

Acronym
CFOS1-20

Scheduling
For John Daly, contact Barb Sullivan: Barb@ExecutiveEducationInc.com, or contact Don Minges, Don@TheKnowledgeInstitute.com

CFO Series Day 2

Developing Credibility – Inside and Outside the Organization

Topics Discussed Credits
Developing Credibility: Earn Respect for Yourself and Your Team 2 Bus. Mgt.
It’s All About Action! 2 Bus. Mgt.
Effective Internal Reporting: Make Your Message Quick and Clear 2 Accounting
Financial Management: 10 Tips for Success and 13 Signs of Failure 2 Bus. Mgt.

Discussion Leader
Bill O’Brien, Dana Johnson, Richard Karwic, Tom Henry or Bob Mims

Acronym
CFOS2-20

Scheduling
Contact: Don@TheKnowledgeInstitute.com

CFO Series Day 3

Emotional Intelligence – What Makes Great Leaders Great?

Topics Discussed Credits
Emotional Intelligence: The Critical Factor in Success 2 Bus. Mgt.
Motivating the Right Way: Get the Most from Your Staff 2 Bus. Mgt.
Business Ethics: Cases from the Real World 2 Behavioral Ethics
Don’t Be the Messenger Who Gets Shot 2 Bus. Mgt.

Discussion Leader
Don Minges, Dana Johnson, Bob Mims, Tom Henry or Richard Karwic

Acronym
CFOS3-20

Scheduling
Contact: Don@TheKnowledgeInstitute.com

CFO Series Day 4

Cash Management - Managing The Lifeline Of Your Business

Topics Discussed Credits
A/R and A/P: Effective Management Techniques 2 Accounting
Cash Management Techniques 2 Accounting
Cash Forecasting 2 Accounting
Better Meetings: Make Meetings Fun & Productive 2 Bus. Mgt.

Discussion Leader
Richard A. Karwic, Paul Harrison, Brian Maturi, or Don Minges

Acronym
CFOS4-20

Scheduling
Contact: Don@TheKnowledgeInstitute.com

CFO Series Day 5

Become More Effective!

Topics Discussed Credits
Critical Thinking for Financial Professionals 2 Bus. Mgt.
Effective Networking: Take Control of Your Career 2 Bus. Mgt.
The CFO’s Role in Compensation and Bonus Plans 2 Bus. Mgt.
MS Word: Advanced Features 2 Software

Discussion Leader
John L. Daly, Bill O’Brien, Don Minges or Bob Mims

Acronym
CFOS5-20

Scheduling
Please contact Don@TheKnowledgeInstitute.com
For John Daly, contact: Barb Sullivan – Barb@ExecutiveEducationInc.com

The five 2020 CFO Series days above plus the following alternate day will be available through December 2020.

Alternate CFO Series Day 6

Corporate Performance Management

Topics Discussed Credits
Corporate Performance Management 2 Accounting
Business Intelligence and Data Analytics 2 Accounting
Driver-Based Budgeting 2 Accounting
Effective Management Accounting 2 Accounting

Discussion Leader
Gary Cokins

Acronym
CFOS6-20

Scheduling
Contact: Don@TheKnowledgeInstitute.com

Scheduling

Schedule with Finance and Innovation to provide a two-day series.

Note: We previously offered portions of this seminar under the title Creating the Best Projections You Can.

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