#042: The Most Important Investment You Can Make in Your Accounting & Finance Career

with Nigel Franklyn

Our Guest Mentor:

Nigel Franklyn is a Vice President of Financial Reporting in the controllership function of Prudential’s International Insurance Business, and has an 18 year career in and around the Financial Services Industry.

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.

Though Nigel holds a CPA designation and he is not your stereotypical accountant. He recently trained for and completed an Iron Man (I won’t share his time you can ask him yourselves 😊) whilst holding down a senior role in Finance.

Key Quotes From the Episode:

 “[Lessons from his Athletic Training] Learning Through Failure, Commitment, Motivation, Resilience.” [05:03]

“[To get to do the people building you must first have . . . ] The technical acumen is just the price of admission .” [08:43]

“If you’re willing to take advice you can actually kind of multiply that with your curiosity.” [09:43]

“[On the benefits of Stoic Philosophy] There’s actually so many things out of your control there’s not actually much you can do about them . . . . now I’m not saying be complacent but you can choose your response to a lot of it.” [16:42]

“[On Innovation] We all talk about doing things differently and then we revert right back to what we were doing.” [22:00]

“[How to remain relevant] You have to care about people, you have to create the experience you have to be able to inspire people.” [25:26]

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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.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[02:00] – Introduction into how Nigel found his way towards his current role.

[04:56] – Shares a story about how he has leveraged his prior life as an athlete to his success.

[09:51] – Shares a practical example of how he absorbs new concepts.

[10:54] – Shares his concept Me Inc. that he delivered to an AICPA Controllers Conference.

[12:14] – Deconstructs the 3 segments of Me Inc. .

[12:49] – Describes for us the observer theory and why it’s important for finance professionals.

[15:07] – The one daily habit to get into at the start of every day.

[16:31] – The benefits of finding Stoic philosophy

[18:37] – How a shift in mindset can shift how you approach your day.

[19:12] – Your supervisor’s amazing superpower and how to stamp it out.

[21:52] – The importance of Innovation.

[22:23] – Why he embraces the creativity of the younger employees in Finance.

[25:01] – How to stay relevant.

[28:16] – The best bit of advice he’s ever received.

[29:31] – Treating lunch as a midday vacation.

[32:10] – Shares a story of a person Nigel met during an Iron Man competition that changed his perspective on how to approach each day.

Resources Mentioned:

  • Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life (1998), by Spencer Johnson and Kenneth Blanchard
  • Kiss Your BUT Good-Bye: How to Get Beyond the One Word That Stands Between You and Success (2013), by Joseph Azelby and Robert Azelby
  • Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) (2014) by Chade-Meng Tan and Daniel Goleman
  • Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts–Becoming the Person You Want to Be (2015), by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter
  • Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life (2016) by Eric Greitens Navy SEAL
  • Project Aristotle @ Google (webpage)

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