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HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers

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We all wish we could sharpen key management skills like writing more effective emails or proposals, focusing to-do lists on what really matters, giving more persuasive presentations, or dealing with a boss who makes you want to scream. But who has the time? The HBR Guides can help.

In the HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers: Learn how to speak the language of finance so you can make smarter management decisions—and advance your career.

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Harvard Business Review is the leading destination for smart management thinking. Through its flagship magazine, 13 international licensed editions, books from Harvard Business Review Press, and digital content and tools published on HBR.org, Harvard Business Review provides professionals around the world with rigorous insights and best practices to lead themselves and their organizations more effectively and to make a positive impact.

Finance Basics Don't Be Afraid
Finance Quiz: Do you know the basics?p. 5
The Key Financial Statements: Learn your way around a balance sheet, an income statement, and a cash flow statement.p. 9
The Fundamental Laws of Business: Get a grip on any company, regardless of size or location.p. 33
Making Good Decisions and Moving those Numbers
Using Statements to Measure Financial Health: Interpret what the numbers mean through ratio analysis.p. 43
Grow Your Profits by Streamlining Your Business: Three ways to simplify for profitabilityp. 57
Working Your Assets to Boost Your Growth: Focus your supply chain on customers' needs-and increase your return on invested capital.p. 63
Profit ≠ Cash (and You Need Both): Here's why it's critical to understand the difference-especially for a growing company.p. 73
Why Cash Matters: It helps you see what's going on now, where the business is headed, and what senior management's priorities are likely to be.p. 83
Your Balance Sheet Levers: Closely manage days sales outstanding and inventory-and have more cash at your disposal.p. 87
What's Your Working Capital Model? A Case Study: Lessons learned from Dow Jones, a business that transformed itself without going hat-in-hand to investorsp. 95
Learn to Speak the Language of ROI: Get your ideas and projects funded even when money is tight.p. 105
Practical Tools for Management Decisions: How to analyze costs and benefits, estimate ROI, calculate how quickly you'll recoup an investment, and morep. 113
The Limits of Financial Data
What the Financial Statements Don't Tell You: Keep a sharp eye on nonfinancial data, too-and avoid the missteps of Merrill Lynch and BP.p. 127
The Five Traps of Performance Measurement: What they are-and how to steer clear of themp. 139
Finance Quiz: How much have you learned?p. 153
Glossaryp. 159
Indexp. 169
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ISBN: 9781422187302
ISBN-10: 1422187306
Series: HBR Guide
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 9th October 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 12.7  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.23