10 Characteristics of Good Problem Solvers

9DOTS: Decidedly Different Business Intelligence Solutions

Good problem solvers use a combination of intuition and logic to come up with their solutions. They use as much information as they possibly can to come up with the BEST possible solutions. That is what makes 9DOTS decidedly different.

10 Characteristics of Good Problem Solvers

  1. Problem Solvers don’t have to be right all of the time: Focus on the facts & finding the right solution, but know you could make a mistake along the way.
  2. They go beyond their own conditioning: THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX!
  3. People who solve problems look for opportunity within the problem: For us, problems can be fun. It is just another challenge, another riddle that the team will solve.
  4. They know the difference between complex and simple thinking: Don’t overcomplicate simplicities, or simplify too much when the problem is a challenge. Balance.
  5. Problem Solvers have a clear definition of what the problem is: Working to identify every aspect of the problem is the best (and only) way to solve it.
  6. They use the power or words to connect with people
  7. They don’t create problems for others: To solve your problem, we can’t create more.This requires self discipline and focus.
  8. Problem Solvers do prevention more than intervention: After intervening & solving the original problem, use every bit of how you got to the answer as a way to prevent future problems.
  9. They have reasonable expectations
  10. They explore their options: This reiterates our motto.. think outside the box. There is often times more than one solution!

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Article modified from HuffingtonPost

5 Ways Your Finance Team Will Stay Competitive

The world of finance, the job of accountant, the role of a CFO; mostly these are roles that are morphing into something completely different from what we consider the norm. Even with tons of changes, a great CFO wants to always stay competitive.

“Consider what’s happening in finance. Complex legacy systems are being replaced by cloud-based platforms that allow entire enterprises to create up-to-the-minute reports that used to take weeks to prepare. Machine-learning and robotic systems that seem like science fiction now automate so much of the finance function. Finance teams spend 75% of their time on predictive analysis & decision support.”

In this article published on business insider, Oracle shares the 5 ways finance teams can stay AHEAD instead of falling behind. The responsibility in these positions is mostly growing rapidly. Stay competitive by following these tips.

1. Automated Accounting Operations

End-to-end processes are increasingly streamlined and automated. Machine learning and embedded controls improve efficiency, promote better risk management, and improve compliance. Together, these technologies help the finance function to become more efficient and agile.

 Khozema Shipchandler, CFO of GE Digital says extremely automated services means, “ for the finance team is that they can spend all of their time on forward-leading activities like strategy, like making our products more competitive price or cost wise, helping the operating team win in the marketplace. So the whole nature of what a finance team tends to focus on is change.”

2. Provide decision support & performance management analysis

As we said in the beginning, the function of finance is shifting. Reporting and creating budgets off of past performance only is, well, in the past. Now the change focuses on analysis of potential strategies, while using the info of historic trends. Finance professionals will have a broader range of subject matter expertise as well as communication and leadership skills.

“Modern financial organizations work on cross-functional teams, providing complex data analysis and strategic recommendations to lines of business as well as company leadership. This partnership between finance & the business cascades the CFO’s influence. This helps to ensure that decisions are based on solid analysis of information from across the organization.”

3. Become Subject Matter Experts

The finance function has found a new strategy– “analytics expertise, as well as the opportunity to benefit from best practices by streamlining more traditional, transactional finance tasks into shared service centers. Today’s cloud-based technologies allow finance to study data from across the organization, identify patterns, and work closely with the business to develop strategies.”

4. Embrace Predictive Analytics

“Modern finance organizations are adept at using predictive analytics to generate new insights, but the financial planning and analytics (FP&A) team must be able to recognize whether financial and non-financial key performance indicators used across the business are achieving the company’s desired outcomes. Having the wrong KPIs can lead to “dysfunctional” behavior where performance targets are met yet critical areas like brand loyalty or user experience suffer.”

5. Focus on Team Management & Development

The current finance function is going to change again, and continue to change, mold and improve as our technologies do. Everyone that works in these areas should be constantly maintaining their subject matter expertise, revising how they work and developing new strategies in order to remain flexible while these changes happen.

“The most essential new talent will not be “finance” talent at all. Leading companies will hire statisticians, data scientists, behavioral scientists, economists and even anthropologists,” David Axson writes. “This brings new value to the finance profession as a whole, opening up exciting possibilities for tomorrow’s finance career.”

To improve finance function’s strategic influence and remain competitive, read about the solutions we offer here at 9DOTS.