Money Is about Control

MONEY IS VITAL to how we govern because it is the universal measuring device. It does not measure everything we care about, but it is the common language we use to measure the health of the institution, as well as our promises to each other and how well we have delivered on those promises. We have created the finance function to help us become fully informed and communicate about performance. Financial functions also help people, through budgets, to document and keep track of their promises. These intentions are service oriented and a critical means for people at all levels to fulfill their stewardship responsibility.

What has happened in many organizations, however, is that the service intentions of the financial function ...

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