Thursday, August 25, 2011

High finance--oh, ick


I don’t Excel or Quicken. I am exactly the financial idiot Dean Newlund, president of Mission Facilitators International, is talking about in a recent column on financial literacy.

I think I am sort of OK, on “net” as in “net jobs created” or debt versus deficit, but some of the other zips by pretty fast.

Yet, we are now asked to create our own budgets, hold our amusing leaders’ feet to the fire financially, keep China in check, everything.

Newlund says the accounting classes we took were boring. Who took accounting? Did you?

Sooo…could you ask your manager to walk you through how your company keeps score…balance sheets, profit & loss, cash flow, etc.

Take a basic accounting class? Maybe online?

Learn to use and read Excel spreadsheets?

Subscribe to the Wall Street Journal and read the boring parts?

Companies hire people who understand this stuff.

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