CFO Concerned About Power Struggles per Deloitte​

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​Both internal auditors and board members need to know what their CFOs are thinking and worrying about. Deloitte has a valuable publication, CFO Signals, which will help.

In their Q2 2012 report, Deloitte has again surveyed CFOs from large North American companies (predominantly over $3bn in revenue).

It seems, according to the survey, that the priority has shifted from uncertainties about strategy to concerns over execution. Major change initiatives top the list of concerns, followed by regulatory change and poor company performance.

One revealing tidbit that should be of concern to boards and practitioners is that "internal power struggles" are a major challenge for 25% of the CFOs surveyed.

I suggest that boards probe this, as internal power struggles may significantly inhibit executive and corporate performance. For example, there might be problems with:

  • Teamwork and trust among the executive leadership
  • Problems between the CEO and CFO
  • The sharing of information
  • and more

Internal auditors should similarly be concerned about power struggles at the top. How will this affect the identification and management of risk, and the quality of oversight and other controls?

I welcome your comments and observations.

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