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HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers : Harvard Business Review Guides - Harvard Business Review

HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers

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Published: 9th October 2012
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Can you prepare a breakeven analysis? Do you know the difference between an income statement and a balance sheet? Or understand why a business that's profitable can still go belly-up? Has your grasp of your company's numbers helped--or hurt--your career?

Whether you're new to finance or you just need a refresher, this go-to guide will give you the tools and confidence you need to master the fundamentals, as "all" good managers must.

The "HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers" will help you:
- Learn the language of finance

- Compare your firm's financials with rivals'

- Shift your team's focus from revenues to profits

- Assess your vulnerability to industry downturns

- Use financial data to defend budget requests

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