#076: Taking Yourself Less Seriously to Become a Finance Linchpin

with Glin Bayley

Our Guest Mentors:

Glin Bayley is a holistic performance coach that works with individuals, entrepreneurs and organisations to drive performance. Glin is also an accomplished Head of Finance & Business Strategy, with a career spanning over 17 years working in global blue chip companies such as Coca Cola, General Electric and Associated British Foods.

Glin is currently based out of Sydney, Australia and is a qualified chartered global management accountant (CGMA),

Key Quotes From the Episode:

“[On questions to ensure your developing your career] Does this role give me something new to learn, did it excite me and do I get some enjoyment out of being in that environment and did I feel I can make a difference and was I being rewarded in that role as well as I would want to? And for my decision making it really got to a point where if I got bored I looked ” [08:45]

 “[On what really matters with your career moves] Time has always been the measure that most of us have used to go that if I do 2 to 3 years that’s deemed to be appropriate but realistically what is appropriate, it’s your one shot at living your life, you get to choose where you’re headed, and as long as you’re adding value and you’ve just mentioned and you’ve got really clear deliverables and you’re surpassing them then I don’t see that there is any issue in moving sooner than a time frame that someone may of may not have decided is appropriate for you.” [12:55]

“[On what being a linchpin looks like] … it’s surprising and delighting people, it’s going out of your way to make an impact because recognising that in today’s world particularly with the digital evolution that the map we once had that we were encouraged to follow is being diminished and what linchpin is really stating is you now need to create your own map, you need to determine where you fit and how you add value and also demonstrate to the organisation that you are indispensable so when it comes to making choices about humans or robots, it’s a no brainer when it comes to your because you’ve demonstrated that your ability to connect the dots, your insights, your ability to leverage relationships is far superior than any artificial intelligence is going to be doing.” [15:18]

“[On what relaxing and fun can do for your career] I found my success in my career was exponential once I allowed myself to relax and have some fun because we spend a lot of time at work with the people we work with and there’s plenty of times that will be tough and will require us to be serious but we don’t have to be serious in order to be successful all the time.” [25:49]

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

Key Points From the Episode:

  • A practical way on how to be a linchpin in Finance on a daily basis.
  • Deconstructs what really matters with your next career move.
  • Glin shares a story from when she was younger what she incorrectly thought she had to do to be taken seriously.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[02:00] – Glin shares her journey and how she fell into accounting with a number of well know brands and developed a passion for finance, people and getting results.

[08:03] – The career development benefit of working at larger brands and some good questions to ask to ensure your career is developing.

[12:55] – Deconstructs what really matters with your next career move.

[13:49] – A practical way on how to be a linchpin in Finance on a daily basis.

[16:00] – The importance of empathy and our assumptions around the insights we have.

[19:13] – What’s really exciting Glin about what’s she’s working on now and her ultimate test.

[22:15] – Glin shares a story from when she was younger what she incorrectly thought she had to do to be taken seriously.

[25:54] – The best bit of advice Glin has ever received.

[26:54] – The resources she recommends our listeners check out.

[29:51] – How best to connect with Glin.

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