Spoilt for choice? Nine great thought leadership reports

By Gillian Lees

You might already have seen Sandra Rapacioli’s Thirsty Planet blog and hopefully this whetted (or should I say ‘wetted’?) your appetite to read the full report.

But bad jokes aside, did you know that there are eight other new reports, covering a whole range of current topics relevant to CGMAs?  Each one combines new insights with practical guidance and you’re sure to find something to help keep your knowledge up to date.

We’ll be featuring individual reports in future blog posts, but in the meantime, here’s a quick overview of what reports you can expect to find under the Resources tab.

Rebooting business: valuing the human dimension is the CGMA flagship report, specially published for the launch of the new designation.  It’s based on specially-commissioned research of nearly 300 CEOs who provided fascinating insights as to how they viewed current global challenges and what they saw as the priorities in leading their way through them.  A key message of the report is that understanding and managing the human dimension of business is going to be key in getting things moving again.  The report also looks at the opportunities and risks of transparency, the need for a long-term perspective and how CGMAs are going to have an important role to play in combining their technical skills with a multidisciplinary view that will enable them to collaborate effectively with colleagues.

This need for breadth and depth is further explored in From ledgers to leadership: a journey through the finance function which looks at what high-performing finance functions are doing to add value to their organisations.  If you’re not in the mood for reading, this one comes with a short video.

Successful finance functions are the ones that have the capability to transform data into insights to support decision-making.  To explore this further, take a look at Unlocking business intelligence which looks at current trends in this field.

Sadly, another growing trend faced by organisations across the world is fraud but Fraud Risk Management: a guide to good practice will give you lots of practical tips and ideas on how to tackle it effectively.

And if governance is your thing, Governing for performance: new directions in corporate governance could be up your street.  It focuses particularly on the role of the board in overseeing strategy and risk and explains how CGMAs can play an important role in supporting effective governance whether they are on the board or supplying information to it.

My colleague, Sandra has already introduced Thirsty Planet: business responses to water scarcity so I’ll quickly move on.

Given the prevalence of family businesses across the world, it’s a fair bet that many of you work in one and yet, these businesses receive very little attention in business literature. Managing the challenges of family businesses will help CGMAs navigate their way effectively and understand the value that they can bring.

For those of you working in the public or government sector, Strategic performance management in the public sector will show how CGMAs can use their performance management skills to help their organisations achieve value for money.

And last, but certainly not least, The inside track: partnering for value shows how CGMAs can collaborate effectively with the rest of the organisation to add value.  Which brings me back to one of the key themes of the launch report.

We’d love to hear your feedback on any or all of the reports.  Let us know if you read the whole lot!  The good news is that there will be more to come in the months ahead, including reports on leadership, shared value and ethics. 

Happy reading.