Here's a good summary of ideas from GM's CFO, Chris Lidell, taken from a letter to the editor in the current CFO magazine:
(1) Data. Don't just crank out data; turn it into actionable information and insight that others can use to grow the business forward.
(2) Dialogue. If you have one hour for a presentation, spend a little time presenting the data and much more time in a two-way conversation about how to take action.
(3) Drive. Get out of your office and talk to employees and customers. And by "driving every car in the portfolio," you can experience products firsthand (data) and take action.
For more, check out "GM's Chris Liddell Takes Stock."