The Definitive Guide to Managing the Numbers: The Executive's Fast-track to Mastering Spreadsheets, Budgets, Forecasts, Investment Metrics--

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Financial Times Prentice Hall, 2003 - Business & Economics - 412 pages
In The Definitive Guide to Managing the Numbers, Stutely explains how the CFOthinks (and how to deal with financial executives); then demonstrates how you, or anymanager, can use those numbers for better analysis and decision-making. Next,he dives into the financial expert's toolbox, introducing spreadsheet software,financial calculators, and fundamental techniques of financial analysis. In thechapters that follow, Stutely puts the numbers to work, showing you how to makesuccessful sales forecasts, project capital outlays, forecast and control costs,create effective budgets, and account for projects. You will learn how tobuild (and make sense of) a balance sheet; control cash flow; analyzeprofitability; and consolidate budgets and financial statements from multiplecontributors to finally see the big picture. Along the way, Stutely illuminatestechniques like ROI, NPV, IRR, activity-based costing, and more. Heconcludes with a full chapter on what to do when things go wrong--fromshortfalls in income to cost overruns, delayed projects to and exchange ratesurprises.

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Richard has been managing the numbers throughout his career, which has
spanned banking and finance, government, and business in Europe, North
America, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

As a manager at all levels and a director, he has produced, managed and
analyzed hundreds of project plans, departmental and enterprise budgets,
cash flow statements, income accounts and balance sheets.

Richard received a solid grounding in finance and accounting with NatWest
and went on to become an investment analyst and chief economist with top
investment banks. He was formerly a member of the London International Stock Exchange
and has worked at HM Treasury, the British Finance Ministry.

As executive vice president of a multinational software company, Richard
developed and directly managed financial reporting and analysis for
subsidiaries in several countries. In addition, Richard developed one of the
world's first PC spreadsheet applications.

Richard has written several books including the international bestseller The Definitive Business Plan.

When Richard is not writing books or managing a multinational software
company, he runs seminars and lectures to MBA students and corporate

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