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Chief Money Man
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Leadership in Finance, Investing, FIRE, Planning, Communication,
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Over the past few weeks I’ve been tinkering with my annual rolling budget almost every day. Not because I am compulsively addicted to my budgets, in fact, even as a Chief Financial Officer-turned-Chief Transformation-Officer, I rarely consult my budget, and content myself with a quick glance every month to understand what the big misses were and where we have opportunities. Rather the situation is the result of compulsively investing and ...
Posted: Jun 24 2019 @ 4:59 AM
Chief Money Manners! This last month has been a whirlwind and finally culminated with a global announcement to the 15.000 people in my company across the planet. You see your Chief Money Man is now also running a global transformation program across over 150 geographies world-wide. Turning a big ship around is a hard, unforgiving task, but therein lies an immense amount of learning opportunities. And that’s how I have ...
Posted: Jun 19 2019 @ 6:47 AM
A question I often get asked, being in a senior leadership position, is “How can I get promoted?” Reading between the lines, the time frame that is requested is often … – like the next day. There is no silver-bullet approach, but there are techniques that you can apply to make your wish come a little closer. I was recently given a more senior role in my organization; more global, ...
Posted: May 20 2019 @ 5:06 PM
Chief Money Manners! You may be wondering why it has been so long since your Chief Money Man wrote a blog entry? Two simple reasons behind that, although they shouldn’t be an excuse. The first one is that I’ve been launching a global transformation program at my current company. Setting up the team, launching the diagnostics, preparing the change story and launching the program to the 15.000 people in the ...
Posted: May 06 2019 @ 5:47 PM
Type ‘4% rule’ in Google and you get over 40-million hits. Investopedia, the first link that I got, defined it well enough : The four percent rule states that you should not withdraw 4% of your portfolio each year in retirement for a comfortable life. It was created using historical data on stock and bond returns over a 50-year period. Seems simple enough, right? Not really! I’ve addressed the 4% rule ...
Posted: Apr 10 2019 @ 5:54 PM
I got asked this question yesterday “How can you tell your company has a toxic culture” and it got me thinking. I’ve worked for Toxic Bosses before and it taught me a lot about how to be a leader and how to avoid facing the same situation again. But how does the idea of a toxic boss translate into a toxic company? Are there signs to look out for in ...
Posted: Mar 25 2019 @ 10:15 PM
  Do you have life insurance? Do you care? How does it play into your FI-RE? I didn’t have any life insurance until we had our second child. Seeing his little face for the first time, made me realize I needed to make sure he was provided for along with his brother and his mother if ever anything happened to me. How much was the first question I asked myself. ...
Posted: Mar 22 2019 @ 6:15 AM
There is nothing sexier than someone who has confidence in themselves. It is something magnetic, almost hypnotic, that draws you to them as soon as they walk into the room. That special something that makes you want to be the person they are talking to or, better yet, be the person doing the talking. Confidence can come from a lot of things. You may be born with great looks, a ...
Posted: Feb 11 2019 @ 7:21 AM
Money is unlimited. Time is not. Become financially independent as fast as possible. Grant Sabatier starts out strong with his new book Financial Freedom, available to purchase February 5, and your Chief Money Man is part of the reviewing team, across the internet’s top money sites, bringing you distinct reviews of each chapter of the book.   Mine is Chapter 6: Is it worth it? 11 Ways to think about Money ...
Posted: Feb 05 2019 @ 5:00 AM
As I sit drinking a coffee, on a flight, on my way to New York for two days of meetings, I was running through various topics for my next blog post. While this blog is predominantly money focused, I am also passionate about leadership and storytelling. I love taking complex subjects and trying to make them simple. I also have a keen interest in the planet. This latter interest was ...
Posted: Jan 30 2019 @ 11:25 AM


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