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About curiousmanager

In life there are generalists and specialists. Although your job pushes you down towards a certain specialization, I feel it's important to keep your eyes and mind open for new stimuli. And I want to share my journey through arts, literature and sciences with other knowledge workers and managers. You don't have time to read. Let me do that for you and present only the best of the best in my blog!

Hacking the CFO Profile

In my professional network, I know about a dozen CFOs, and as my ambitions after my MBA also go into that direction, I thought it would be a good idea to have a good look at their CVs. And…what better place … Continue reading

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Reading Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘David & Goliath’ Part 1

Why do underdogs do so much better than expected? That is the main question in Malcolm Gladwell’s newest writing, ‘David and Goliath’. As I am a fond reader and a big fan of Mr. Gladwell, I’d like to take a moment … Continue reading

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How to manage Net Working Capital

Any manager, financial or not, will have heard the term ‘Net Working Capital’ and its impact on cash flow. More and more, this metric is narrowed down to ‘Working Capital Requirement’, the operational brother of NWC. Many people often confuse the two. … Continue reading

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5 pitfalls of outsourcing financial tasks

More and more, outsourcing financial tasks is becoming standard among companies. It allows for cost savings and FTE reductions. Sourcing from experienced service providers often increases the quality of work, helps complying with international accounting standards and focuses the company on its core … Continue reading

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What you should remember from a B2B marketing seminar

In addition to my previous post, these are some notes on B2B marketing; True customer orientation should work through: vision & mission company culture STP strategy – being organised around customer segments instead of around product groups structure, systems & incentives … Continue reading

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What you should remember from a marketing course

Recently I have been getting a marketing course, here are the most important concepts. Single most important concept in marketing: the process and implementation  of segmenting, targeting and positioning. This should be done on your entire market, not just the … Continue reading

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Corporate treasurer: the real job description

Recently I got a question about the function of a treasurer. So let’s take 5 minutes to have a closer look at the typical task list of this financial officer. The main task of a treasurer will be to manage … Continue reading

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