1. Livelier ReportsProvide a summary version to avoid making everyone go over every, single detail.
Can you write a concise, informative report? Create a bulletproof budget? Use statistics to make the case for your pet project? Rising through the corporate ranks takes more than just IT domain expertise, it requires mastery of a range of business and communication skills. The need for this broader toolkit has become a truism, but actually learning the chops can be hard. A new book, The Manager's Pocket Calculator: A Quick Guide to Essential Business Formulas and Ratios (Amacom/Available now), promises to help you master these tasks without sending you back to school. Author Michael Thomsett provides a simple, step-by-step illustration of these and other must-know essentials of daily office life, complete with easy-to-understand illustrations and breakouts. There are also more than 100 useful ratios and formulas explained in the book. Thomsett is an accounting/financial services professional and accountant, and author of The Little Black Book of Project Management. For more about his Manager's Pocket Calculator, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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