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November 12, 2012
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Business Finance Today 
  • CEOs press Congress to deal with "fiscal cliff"
    Corporate executives are launching media-based campaigns urging action on the "fiscal cliff." The Campaign to Fix the Debt says it expects to spend more than $1 million on advertisements with slogans such as "Just Fix It." The Business Roundtable says it's ready to spend about $500,000 on similar messages focused on media in the Washington, D.C., area. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Your Bottom Line 
  • Tips for CFOs to get more value from IT
    Chief financial officers should wring more value from IT, Alan Radding writes. CFOs can do this by insisting that IT deployments follow a strategy, watching for tech trends, fighting organizational inertia, hiring a passionate staff and having documented processes in place. Big Fat Finance Blog (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • FASB makes decision on "going concern" requirement
    The Financial Accounting Standards Board has voted to require that management assess whether a public company is able to remain in business as a going concern. The auditor still plays a role in this process, deciding whether management's call was appropriate. This assessment would be made every reporting period. A revised exposure draft on going concern is expected in mid-2013. (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
In the C-Suite 
  • How to win over a skeptical audience
    Persuasion is a key skill for any leader, writes former Ogilvy & Mather CEO Charlotte Beers. It takes an ability to speak with passion, humility, humor and flashes of unexpected wit to win over a tough audience or persuade skeptical employees to follow your lead. "Speaking with passion born of your own authentic experience and belief is always persuasive," Beers writes. Fast Company online (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • To the brain, a compliment is money
    Compliments can improve performance just as much as receiving cash, according to a study by the National Institute for Physiological Sciences in Japan. The study found that the same area of the brain reacts to compliments and to receiving cash rewards. Forbes (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
On the Move 
  • Sharon McCollam will be CFO at Best Buy, a source says. She was CFO at Williams-Sonoma. The Wall Street Journal (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Off the Charts 
  • How James Bond picks his rides
    The latest James Bond film, "Skyfall," includes the iconic Aston Martin. Bond has driven a range of vehicles in the 50-year franchise, including a Lincoln Continental and BMW Z3 roadster. Automakers vie for the privilege of having their automobiles in the films. The Detroit Bureau (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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To the brain, receiving a compliment is as much a social reward as being rewarded money."
--Norihiro Sadato of the National Institute for Physiological Sciences in Japan, as quoted by Forbes
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