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The Definitive Guide to Managing the Numbers Paperback – 7 Aug 2003

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 1 edition (7 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273661035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273661030
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 2.3 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,265,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for The Definitive Guide to Managing the Numbers:

"Aspiring managers who have trouble with crunching numbers may have found a saviour in Richard Stutely."                                                           The Guardian

Praise for The Definitive Business Plan:

"Truly a practical guide to better business planning. The book is friendly and easy to read. An indispensable corporate tool." - Peter N. Tan, Senior Vice President, Hambrecht & Quist

"If this book had been available 30 years ago, life would have been a lot easier." - Mike Brooke, Entrepreneur and Private Venture Capitalist

"This is the most user-friendly book covering the business planning process that I have seen"- Reginald May, formerly Deputy Chief Executive, Access Credit Card Company, Vice President, American Express Distribution Strategy ESG and Chairman 4M+ Associates Ltd

"A comprehensive, clear and rigorous framework. Invaluable for both practitioners and MBA students alike. This is the guide to business planning in rapidly changing times." - Lakis C. Kaounides, Director, MBA in the Management Technology and Electronic Business, City University Business School, London

About the Author

Richard has been managing the numbers throughout his career, which has
spanned banking and finance, government, and business in Europe, North
America, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

As a manager at all levels and a director, he has produced, managed and
analyzed hundreds of project plans, departmental and enterprise budgets,
cash flow statements, income accounts and balance sheets.

Richard received a solid grounding in finance and accounting with NatWest
and went on to become an investment analyst and chief economist with top
investment banks. He was formerly a member of the London International Stock Exchange
and has worked at HM Treasury, the British Finance Ministry.

As executive vice president of a multinational software company, Richard
developed and directly managed financial reporting and analysis for
subsidiaries in several countries. In addition, Richard developed one of the
world's first PC spreadsheet applications.

Richard has written several books including the international bestseller The Definitive Business Plan.

When Richard is not writing books or managing a multinational software
company, he runs seminars and lectures to MBA students and corporate

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The Definitive Guide to Managing the Numbers has proved to be extremely useful in helping me to run my business (and understand my beloved beanies!). As the MD of a medium sized multi-national, I found the style to be entertaining and sympathetic. I also found that the content was highly informative - even for an old hand like me.
I must say that I had expected to find a host of glowing reviews for The Definitive Guide to Managing the Numbers here on Amazon. When I arrived, I was amazed to see that one reviewer had given the book a one star rating AND had written a fairly abusive comment. In my opinion, The Definitive Guide to Managing the Numbers is an excellent purchase.
I was so baffled by the other reviewer's opinion that I searched his name on the Amazon site, to see if there were any other books to which he had taken such a strong disliking. Unfortunately, his only other review was for a Playstation game called Grand Theft Auto (which he described as "Awesome, Awesome, Awesome"). Perhaps the publishers of Managing The Numbers should add a footnote to their description of the book, which says "Rated 12 years and above"...
In my opinion, Managing the Numbers is fantastic value for competent readers. I recommend it highly.
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This book has been extremely useful to me: I learned a great deal about "the numbers", and I am indebted to Mr Stutely for his clear and informative writing style. I have a much better handle on business finance now, and I feel that I can interact properly with my CFO. Plus I have more confidence in my day-to-day management decisions, and I know what questions I need to be asking.
I have already ordered The Definitive Business Plan, and I look forward to Mr Stutely's next business guide... Please keep up the good work!
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This book has really helped me to understand the numbers, and the way that they affect my business. I am now much better at monitoring cash flow and controlling costs. On a personal note, I have also been able to evaluate my investments, and make some good, logical financial decisions. As far as I am concerned, this book is recommended reading for anybody who wants to get ahead.
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This book is a powerful tool for anyone involved with practical financial management issues. It is a superb balance between practical tips and hints and sufficient level of detail to enable you to challenge and make progress in improving the financial and operational performance of your organisation.

It consciously avoids the sterile academic debates and focusses clearly on value added ideas and initiatives. The 10 questions sections are incredible powerful.

I am a qualified accountant wIth several years exprience of financial management, and like others, I am baffled by the single negative review! Perhaps he was looking for an academic textbook? This is great!
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