Serving people, becoming better stewards, creating value
Michel A. Bel, FCCA (UK), MSc (MIT)
In Business Simplified, former business executive, Michel A. Bell de-mystifies business with simple, helpful ideas from his experience and research.
Business is about people. The right people unified in the correct positions, headed in the proper direction to delight customers and create value for stakeholders. Straightforward, practical solutions from Michel's vast global business experience and research will enable cooperation, pinpoint suitable paths to gain customers for life, and build shareholder value.
Further insights to design and implement strategies for a competitive edge appear throughout the book. Michel cautions against so-called five-yearly strategic plans, which usually excludes tough choices—the essence of strategy—necessary to steer the entity to its mission.
Business Simplified includes several case studies, explains strategic and operations management, entrepreneurship, governance models, solution-driven marketing, capital and operating budgeting, and proposes business and personal tax reforms. As well, Michel offers his easily understood bucket accounting ideas—the lay person’s guide to interpreting financial statements.
Whether you are a CEO, student, or a young entrepreneur, you will glean valuable insights from Business Simplified.
Michel A. Bell is a follower of Jesus, author, business professor, founder and president of Managing God’s Money. He is a former senior executive with extensive global business experience with the former Alcan Inc. group. After 32 years, in 2012, he left Alcan as Vice President Business Planning for the global bauxite, alumina and speciality group for his current volunteer activities in Managing God’s Money.
Michel is a Fellow of the Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) of the United Kingdom and holds a Masters of Science degree in Management from the Alfred P. Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T). In 2015, Briercrest College and Seminary awarded Michel an honorary doctor of business administration.
I am sure Business Simplified will be an immense help to students and many others. Its focus on people and strategy fits the philosophy we followed successfully at Alcan.
Throughout Michel’s career at Alcan he lived the values and principles he expressed in this book.
—Jacques Bougie, former CEO, Alcan Inc
Michel Bell has spent his career in business, standing apart from others, always with his insightful analysis and independent assessment of business opportunities. Never compromising his underlying beliefs and convictions, he was resolute in making recommendations and decisions that would not benefit a few individuals but were always for the greater good of an organization.
Michel has unparalleled business experience with Alcan, where he drove a multitude of complex international transactions that fundamentally enhanced the underlying value of the business for the long term. He was able to successfully turn what seemed to be impossible circumstances in difficult business environments into positive outcomes that shifted the direction and ultimately the performance of the global business.
—Cynthia Carroll former CEO Alcan Inc’s Bauxite, Alumina, Specialty Chemicals, & Primary Metals, and former CEO, Anglo American plc
During his fruiIul career, Michel has held various posiJons in the finance, legal, and business planning sectors, and has lived in Montreal, Vancouver, and Tokyo.
Michel will leave behind a successful track record in planning, strategy, and business development. He has been one of the most significant contributors to the strategic positon Bauxite, Alumina, and Specialty Chemicals enjoys today. Perhaps his greatest legacy will be his value mindset, which has inspired his Alcan colleagues.
—Michael Hanley former President Alcan Inc's Bauxite, Alumina, and Speciality Chemicals