Our Guest Mentor:
Anuj Vij is a finance advisor at Chevron with rich and diverse experience in international markets and industries spanning 3 continents over nearly 3 decades. Anuj has a track record of extensive senior management decision support roles and leadership experience in fast paced international environments.
Anuj is currently based out of Calgary, Canada and holds an MBA from Queens University, Ontario, a BComm as well as being a Chartered Accountant of India.
Key Quotes From the Episode:
“[On Best Learning Opportunities] … Going into an environment which is unfamiliar and where there are not many established processes and not much structure to the way things are to be done, nobody’s prescribing you anything, so those kind of opportunities have been a consistent part of my career and they have actually been the most transformative opportunities for me as well from a learning perspective as well as a growth perspective personally and professionally.” [02:42]
“[On His Biggest Lesson in Talent Management] At times you need to think outside of the box but when there is no box there is no box.” [13:40]
“[On the benefit of tough situations] I think in chaos comes opportunity and you learn a lot and we learned a lot for handling people, establishing processes, thinking out of the box… .” [14:37]
“[On the biggest change he has seen in Finance during his career] The change has been the way the role has evolved from the way Finance used to be seen as a back office thing now people have started to realise that integral Finance participation in all aspects of the business is key to business success and I think that is what would stand out.” [25:14]
“[On the involvement of Finance] In my role there is nothing in operations that I’m not involved with, where there is an operational decision, because at the end of the day everything has a financial impact . . . and more and more the closer integration of finance in daily business has grown.” [26:46]
(Other resources and how to connect with Anuj below).
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Key Points From the Episode:
- The thought process for taking on a new challenging assignment despite being very comfortable in his current role and why it was an enriching experience.
- The biggest lesson Anuj learned about talent management.
- The benefits of working cross-functionally and an unstructured environment.
Time Stamped Show Notes:
[02:06] – Anuj’s career journey from starting in the hospitality industry
[02:41] – Shares the types of career opportunities to look for that were most transformative for him and that helped him grow the most professionally and personally.
[07:20] – How Anuj got his first leadership role and decided to go for it.
[10:50] – Anuj’s thought process for taking on a new challenging assignment despite being very comfortable in his current role and why it was an enriching experience.
[13:40] – The biggest lesson Anuj learned about talent management.
[15:50] – The decision process involved in moving to another continent even though the role was a couple pay grades lower.
[20:35] – The benefits of working cross-functionally and an unstructured environment.
[23:50] – How a finance business partner role was created for Anuj.
[25:05] – The biggest change Anuj his witnessed throughout his career journey and why this is good for Finance professionals.
- What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School (2016), by Mark H McCormack
Connect with today’s guest:
- LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anujvij/