IN ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE
Well our guest mentor Nigel Franklyn provides the answer. Nigel is a speaker and thought leader as well as the creator of Me Inc. which is really about how we can be more productive, being our best selves and make better use of our energy in Accounting & Finance.
Key Points From the Episode:
• 4 lessons he learned as an athlete and brought into his career.
• Your supervisor’s amazing superpower and how he’s trying to stamp it out.
• Shares his concept Me Inc that he delivered to an AICPA Controllers Conference.
• Why he embraces the creativity of the younger employees in Finance.
I’ve written previously about what valued insights look like and now I’ll share a bit more in this episode about how Finance teams should better organise to deliver them.
Well our guest mentor for on this week’s podcast is Chris Argent, a “Future of Finance” Thought Leader and Founder of Generation CFO which is one of the more active, ‘must-go-to’ peer groups for accountants and finance professionals on LinkedIn and has 66,000 members all over the world, which examines new trends in finance transformation, digital transformation, CFO role revolution and the growth of the modern strategic business partner.
In this episode we cover:
• How and why Generation CFO has grown to 67,000 members
• The two baby steps we can take to keep Finance relevant.
• Why we need to switch from a core Finance to a more Innovation pioneer one.
• Some practical steps Finance can begin to become more tech savvy and start adding more value with digital finance technologies.
On the surface, it’s a really simple tale but has 4 practical applications to finance & accounting professionals that I share in this episode.
And our guest mentor, Angela Ho who is senior vice president and principal accounting officer at OceanFirst Bank is one of those people doing it the right way. On this episode Angela shares with us:
• 2 ways to display confidence in your role.
• The mindset shift to contribute more to the top-line.
• Shares loads of practical guidance for young female executives wishing to progress their careers.
• How to remain goal-oriented but not lose sight of what’s important in life as well.
So now that I look back on it there are six the lessons the main character, Forrest Gump, taught and learned which can also provide useful guidance for finance and accounting professionals and I cover these in this short episode.
The difference between these two types is ultimately knowing how to develop a better balance and fit between your work and your life. Today’s guest mentor Talita Ferreira is a high-achieving former CFO who is also the founder and CEO of Authentic Change Solutions which is a Management Consultancy centred on a philosophy of Authenticity and Authentic Change.
In this episode we cover:
• The two main challenges for the CFOs she mentors.
• Top tip on how to deal with Fear and Vulnerability in Finance.
• Why the route to HR is important to Finance (either partnering or leading).
• Deconstructs her POWER model to become more Authentic Leaders.
How uplifting and audacious but isn’t this paradoxical given Finance and Accounting’s perceived values of accuracy & completeness?
In this Monday Memo I share why both are important as well as 3 ways failure can actually help Finance add value to the business.
Our guest mentor this week is Johannes Vogel, Director Finance Strategy & Digital CFO Services at BearingPoint,
• Excellent summary of the 4 digital technologies that are the biggest disrupters to accounting and finance.
• Practical Steps Finance can begin to take to start adding more value from digital technologies.
• List of a number of areas around what we should be expecting our CFOs to be considering when it comes to setting digital finance strategy.
Similarly, as part of our roles in finance we report out and analyse where cracks our businesses might be occurring, if there are variations to plan, last year, forecast, if there’s compliance issues or even if there are bottlenecks appearing in the value chain that we may need to bring to the attention of others, intervene on to help fix so that they contribute more value back to the business.
In this episode I share 3 methods to borrowed from kintsugi to deconstruct and unlock value in our business’ value chains.
We’ve had some amazing stories and ideas from the Guest Mentors on the show so far and in the process we’ve reached listeners in 94 countries. So as a way of celebrating our 30th podcast we’ve selected their best bits of advice from 4 Guest Mentors from 4 different continents, which had they had known earlier would have probably given them a jumpstart to more success, fun and impact in their accounting and finance careers. If you only listened to one episode this week you would not be disappointed with this one.
• Anders Liu Lindberg Episode #002: The importance of relationship building for the finance professional.
• Kelly McCleary Episode #012: How To Become Effective Leaders in Accounting & Finance.
• Brad Eisenhuth Episode #016: Becoming an Outperformer in Finance & Accounting Part II.
• Chidimma Eghagha Episode #020: Demystifying the Numbers to Add Value.
It has to do with their policy at the door, you know, what customers they let in, what some might call their red velvet rope policy.
I share in this podcast and video some practical steps on how knowing your red velvet rope policy can increase you business impact and advance your career.