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November 2, 2012
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  • U.S. employment picture brightens
    U.S. private-sector employers added the most workers in eight months during October, according to the ADP Research Institute. The Labor Department said first-time jobless claims decreased 9,000 last week, to 363,000, the smallest total in three weeks. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected 370,000. Bloomberg (11/1), Bloomberg (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Sandy provides a lift for corporate bonds
    Corporate bonds came roaring back Thursday after a lull related to Hurricane Sandy, with at least nine borrowers aiming for an expected $7.6 billion. Before the storm, bankers were anticipating $30 billion in deals this week. Among Thursday's participants were the Bank of Montreal, BP, Caterpillar and General Dynamics. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Key To Positive Cash Flow
Every business is cyclical with cash flow ups and downs. The key is to find a way to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Well it's not. There are systems and processes that make it easier to collect the cash you've earned so your small business can grow. Learn how these small-business owners set up their businesses for success.

Your Bottom Line 
 
  • QR codes become part of finance, accounting functions
    QR codes are spreading to business services, including accounting. The codes can help speed up payment functions, measure parts of marketing budgets and present videos and other information about accounting services. CFO.com (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Executives are bullish about economy no matter who wins White House
    About 75% of U.S. financial executives are cautiously optimistic about the economy and say it will stay the same or improve within the next half year, no matter who wins the White House, according to a quarterly poll by Adaptive Planning and the Business Performance Innovation Network. Respondents' top concerns were unemployment, the federal deficit and the "fiscal cliff." AccountingWEB (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
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In the C-Suite 
 
  • 3 M&A tips for Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer
    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is seeking growth through strategic acquisitions but should be cautious about how she does so, argues Laurence Capron of INSEAD. Seven in 10 mergers and acquisitions are unsuccessful, Capron writes, and an aggressive M&A strategy can unsettle employees. "Keep in mind that M&As are complex, costly and disruptive and should only be used when the ends justify the investment of time, money and human resources," Capron writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Character-based leadership requires accountability, authenticity
    Character-based leaders realize "that leadership is not about you, but about the people you lead, and you are here to help them by serving them compassionately, and from a loving heart," writes Georgia Feiste of Collaborative Transitions Coaching. Character-based leadership involves taking responsibility and being authentic, she writes. LeadChangeGroup.com (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

On the Move 
 
The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

Off the Charts 
  • The agony and the ecstasy of competitive eating
    Competitive eating has a dedicated fan base, with some devotees hero-worshiping the best eaters and cheering as contestants pack away dozens of sandwiches, hot dogs, cupcakes and wontons at a sitting. "It's not pretty. But it is beautiful," aficionado Sam Barclay says. GQ (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
I was getting enough calls from our tax clients [asking] 'What are QR codes? And am I supposed to be using this?' "
--Lee Reams of ClientWhys, as quoted by CFO Magazine
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