#068: Showing up with Courage in Finance

with Sabine Prenslev Christensen

Our Guest Mentor:

Sabine Prenslev Christensen started her finance and accounting career working within the renewables sector before eventually deciding to do Military Service, which later on led to a stint in the Finance department of the Danish Navy before then striking out on her own to share and encourage others to have a bottom and up mindset. Sabine also volunteers with the Red Cross teaching children Mathematics and Danish.

Sabine is currently based out of Denmark and holds a bachelor in International Sales and Marketing plus a Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance – Specialization in Business Analysis and Valuation.

Key Quotes From the Episode:

“[On leadership] I think that leading and managing is not just from the top and down I also think that it is from the bottom and up.” [03:52]

 “[On the courage mindset] Firstly, I think it’s all about the mindset, it takes courage to go out there. Sitting behind the desk and looking at the numbers is kind of a safe area so when you go out of your comfort zone, you go out of the office and meet the customers, they will be challenging you for you knowledge about the numbers, why do you do that, why are we going to do that and so on and when you go out there you get a whole other view of how the whole business works.” [09:07]

“[On advice a former boss gave Sabine on the value of being rebellious] Well you know the business, you know how it works, you go out there, you talk, you don’t take no for an answer and you’re kind of a pain in the ass.” [23:22]

“[On the value of getting out there to meet stakeholders] I know you can spend 4 hours drinking tea, but getting to know what they need and how they work and who they work with is going to benefit your work so much, so just do it.” [23:36]

(Other resources and how to connect with Sabine below).

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Key Points From the Episode:

  • The actions that we’re unknowingly taking in finance and accounting that are holding us back from becoming more influential.
  • Deconstructs some simple actions on leading up and leading down that Sabine did with the Danish Navy that reduced time cost and improved the value of insights.
  • We go into the courage mindset and why this is important for accounting & finance professionals.
  • Shares how you gain respect by having the courage to say ‘No’, trusting in your training and the worst but surprisingly good outcome that came from doing so.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[02:00] – Sabine shares her journey and why she choose to pursue a sales & marketing qualification and then join the military.

[04:15] – The actions that we’re unknowingly taking in finance and accounting that are holding us back from becoming more influential.

[06:00] – Deconstructs some simple actions on leading up and leading down that Sabine did with the Danish Navy that reduced time cost and improved the value of insights.

[09:05] – We go into the courage mindset and why this is important for accounting & finance professionals.

[11:33] – Cover the unique challenges working with the military.

[16:00] – Sabine goes into her work with the Red Cross.

[18:00] – Shares how you gain respect by having the courage to say ‘No’ and trust in your training.

[21:00] – The worst thing that happened from saying ‘No’ and the surprisingly good result.

[24:34] – Sabine recommends a number of resources we should check out.

[27:02] – Shares some thoughts about the future of finance and why basic accounting will be a key skill to keep using.

[30:18] – The importance of self-belief, taking chances and building relationships even with the highest levels of an organisation.

[33:02] – Why finance education needs to include more about the communication of numbers.

[33:51] – The value story telling in getting the message across.

[34:39] – Sabine shares a story about how storytelling helped her challenge a late invoice from NATO.

[39:19] – How best to connect with Sabine.

Resources Mentioned:

  • “A Business Partner’s #1 Skill: Listening!” (article)
  • “How did I reduce 1000 hours per year with one simple task” (article)

Connect with today’s guest:

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sabine-prenslev-christensen-a2b91517/

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