Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses were facing a plethora of social, economic, and technological challenges, as discussed in the first article of this series. Yet change and uncertainty—while sometimes painful—can create new opportunities, as long as people and organizations have the agility to leverage change for the better.
This is particularly true for the finance function. CFOs must be prepared for both short-term and long-term uncertainty to fully understand and mitigate risk for their organization. This requires a fundamental shift: To become the strategic guide the business needs, finance leaders and their teams must embrace and accept continuous change as part of the new normal.
But how? Below are five key areas for finance leaders to explore in order to guide their businesses through persistent change.
Planning, Liquidity, and Risk Management Are Key to Finance Agility
During uncertain times, it’s difficult to forecast specific revenue and expense targets with any degree of accuracy. Businesses must be able to model rapidly changing conditions, and this demands organizational agility. Uncertainty heightens the need for more dynamic business planning based on a range of scenarios rather than traditional quarterly or annual planning cycles.
Having the ability to conduct more dynamic business planning
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