Whose name you might see if you’re ever in space; why companies are chopping benefits; and why the U.S. might not adopt IFRS.

It’s all in this week’s top five most-clicked links in SmartBrief for CFOs:

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Jerry L. MillsJerry L. Mills is CEO of B2B CFO, a part-time chief financial officer company he founded in 1987. He is also a partner of the company, with more than 30 years of service as CFO for clients in a wide range of industries. Mills wrote business books “The Danger Zone: Lost in the Growth Transition” and “Avoiding the Danger Zone: Business Illusions.” He took time recently to answer questions about his leadership style, inspiration and advice for entrepreneurs.

What is your leadership philosophy?

Businesspeople are attracted to other businesspeople who know where they are going. My leadership philosophy is to give direction to those in my company. I have set high goals and teach those in my company where we are going, why we are headed in that direction and a little about how we are going to get there. I explain the benefits to them upon our achieving our goals and objectives. (read more…)

Why good managers make good CFOs; why employers are keeping hiring low; and how inflexibility on the debt ceiling could deal House Republicans a political blow.

It’s all in this week’s top five most-clicked links in SmartBrief for CFOs:

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This post was written by Cindy Kraft, the CFO Coach, who is a career and personal-brand strategist for CFOs and corporate finance executives.

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief for CFOs — tracks feedback from leading CFOs and senior finance executives. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: Will the debt ceiling be raised?

Yes — with tax increases and spending cuts
60.65%

Yes — with spending cuts, but no tax increase
30.09%

No — the parties are too far apart
9.26%

Raising the roof: More than 90% of you say the debt ceiling will be raised, you just differ on whether or not tax hikes will accompany the increase. Thirty percent expect there will be no tax hikes; while the rest see tax increases heading our way. Less than 10% say no compromise is possible given how far apart the parties are today. (read more…)

How chief risk officers gained power from the financial crisis; why large businesses are slow to pay their bills; and how spending time around your employees can make you a better boss.

It’s all in this week’s top five most-clicked links in SmartBrief for CFOs:

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