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June 18, 2019

By John Sanchez, Keynote Speaker, Corporate Trainer and Author

Research shows that the human retina can transmit data to the brain about 60,000 times faster than it can transmit simple text! On top of processing visuals...

February 11, 2019

By John Sanchez, Keynote Speaker, Corporate Trainer and Author

According to Google's Chief Economist, Dr. Hal Varian, "The ability to take data—to be able to understand it, to process it, to extract value from it, to visualize it, to...

January 15, 2019

By John Sanchez, Keynote Speaker, Corporate Trainer and Author

To paraphrase the concept of Occam's razor, simpler explanations are generally better than more complex explanations. In a sense, the answer is in the...

May 29, 2018

By James Myers , Global Finance Executive and FInance Transformation Consultant

Dashboards have become a powerful tool for FP&A to share insight and gain respect.  In this article, the author shares his top 3 recommendations for improving the quality...

May 24, 2018

By Linda A. MacDonald, Finance Manager at Quadrant Health Strategies, Inc.

The FP&A professional’s part in leadership is vital and important to the decision-making process and direction of your business.  Make it your mission to...

March 13, 2018

By Randall Bolten, longtime Silicon Valley CFO, author of "Painting with Numbers: Presenting Financials and Other Numbers So People Will Understand You,” and adjunct professor at U.C. Berkeley Extension​

RANDALL BOLTEN grew up in Washington, D.C., the son of a CIA intelligence officer and a history professor. He is passionate about the importance of presenting financials and other numerical information in a cogent and effective way, and in his current life is the author of Painting with Numbers: Presenting Financials and Other Numbers So People Will Understand You (John Wiley & Sons, 2012).

He is a seasoned financial executive, with many years directing the financial and other operations of high-technology companies. His experience includes nearly twenty years as a chief financial officer of software companies.

He has held the CFO position at public companies BroadVision and Phoenix Technologies, and at private companies including Arcot Systems, BioCAD, and Teknekron. Before his CFO positions, he held senior financial management positions at Oracle and Tandem Computers.

He received his AB from Princeton University, headed west to earn an MBA at Stanford University, and ended up staying in Silicon Valley. 

In addition to writing Painting with Numbers, he currently operates Lucidity, a consulting and executive coaching practice focused on organizing and presenting complex financial information. He divides his work time between Glenbrook, NV and Washington, DC, and maintains an office in Menlo Park, CA.

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Well-designed incentive compensation plans – especially sales commission plans – are an incredibly powerful way to motivate great performance. But designing a great plan is...

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