Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Why Transparency with Numbers is Important

Could transparency with numbers actually benefit companies?   Would public accounting certifications build positive relationships?  Although many companies believe in compartmentalization, Karen Berman, PhD. and Joe Knight give strong arguments to support their belief that transparency offers a host of benefits to companies.

In the comic book adaptation of Financial Intelligence: A Manager’s Guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean, SmarterComics brings the key concepts of the Harvard Business School Press bestseller to a new audience with its accessible and unique format.

In the comic, Tom, a mechanic, has been asked to take a more active role in the company.  Although he feels overwhelmed, Berman and Knight come to his rescue, walking him through the basic concepts of finance.

Although Tom just wants to do what he loves, Berman and Knight explain why it is important for him to understand more about the business side of his workplace; “Greater financial intelligence helps people feel more involved.  They understand what they are a part of, what the organization is trying to achieve, and how they affect results.  Trust increases, turnover decreases, and financial results improve.”

When a company’s financial intelligence is higher, it can offer valuable goods and services to its customers well into the future, provide opportunities for employees, and show a healthy return for investors.  Also, healthy businesses help our economy to grow, keep our communities strong, and improve our overall standard of living.

For anyone who is trying to sharpen their financial intelligence, the SmarterComics’ adaptation of Financial Intelligence is the ideal learning tool, appealing to a broad audience and simplifying its message so that everyone can understand the lessons that might otherwise elude them.


SmarterComics is dedicated to creating educational comics that “make you smarter.”  By turning books into comics, readers enjoy lessons that range from self-help to getting rich.  Some reader favorites have included their unique takes on SunTzu’s The Art of War, Miyamoto Mushasi’s The Book of Five Rings, and Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince.

Karen Berman, PhD. and Joe Knight

Berman and Knight are the authors of the Harvard Business School Press bestseller, Financial Intelligence: A Manager’s Guide to What the Numbers Really Mean.  Berman is the founder of Business Literacy Institute, which she co-owns with Knight, the CFO at Setpoint Companies.  For anyone who wants to know more, they provide financial training: Joe Knight (818) 591-5955/ Fax (818) 591-5959,,

Dave Wachter

After graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Wachter began his career as the artist and co-creator of the independent comic series, Scar Tissue.  Since then, his work has been featured in a wide area of media, including: Fiendish Fables, PKD Media Present, Genius J’s Almanack, Hope: New Orleans, Mystery Solved!, and Robert Bloch’s That Hellbound Train.  His epic webcomic, The Guns of Shadow Valley, was nominated for the Best Digital Comic award in the 2010 Eisner Awards.

“Financial Intelligence from SmarterComics” will be published on June 4, 2012 as paperback, Kindle Edition, iPhone and iPad App. Upon request, book reviewers can get a PDF version of this full-color illustrated version (just drop an email to media(at)

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