Our Guest Mentor:

Anders is an active blogger with almost 20,000 followers and an influencer within the field of Business Partnering, Finance Transformation and Digitalisation. He is a catalyst for growing the network, insights and collaboration of the Business Partnering Community.

At Maersk, Anders is driving large scale transformation programs and is among others the co-creator and driver of one of the largest and most ambitious Business Partnering training programs globally.

Anders is also a former business partner himself and has proven how through expert facilitation you can make people collaborate for significant value creation.

Key Quotes From the Episode:

[13:31] [On the threat of Automation] To everyone that is facing the threat of automation is to say, be involved, get part of it, and then you can say ‘Be the Change’, rather than just standing there waiting for someone else to come take away your job

[18:26] [On making time for business partnering] If you left tomorrow, what would happen in most cases- not much. IF you stop sending the top ten weekly reports you send on a weekly basis tomorrow, what would happen- not that much……..Once I have that realisation, you can say, what am I doing today versus what should I be doing on the basis of making concrete what business partnering is

 [22:08] [On progressing transformation] If they continue to go back after the training and say I am going to spend two thirds of my time doing daily reports and analysis, then we are not progressing the transformation. If the leader does not go back and ask “How do I create the plan”, to say two thirds of my time should be spent on sharing insights, making recommendations and actually creating an impact on the business- they don’t go and make this plan- it doesn’t matter whatever we have done from a structural perspective.

[22:56] [On leaders in transformation] If there’s one thing you need to do different tomorrow (and I am mainly speaking to leaders here), it is to take ownership of transformation. Don’t wait for someone to tell you how to do it. If you don’t take ownership, someone else will, and this is your foremost role as a leader.

[28:49] [On going beyond a digital strategy] What most companies still haven’t well is to figure out that digital is not an end goal- digital is an enabler of something you want to achieve: so digital can never be your strategy.

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

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Key Points From the Episode:

  • Anders highlights the 5 key blockers to effective business partnering
  • Anders explains why the finance analyst role is still critical for future business partners
  • Anders emphasises leaders’ role in transformation and the need to go beyond a digital strategy

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[03:28] What Anders has been working on since our previous interaction last year

[04:55] Anders’ career journey into finance

[06:27] Anders’ thoughts on how the skills developed through traditional accounting help with future business partner

[08:55] Why you cannot be a business partner straight of university

[10:35] Anders’ perspective on whether automation will eliminate entry level roles

[12:50] Anders’ advice on how to approach the threat of automation

[13:58] 5 blockers to business partnering

[18:14] On why we must find time for business partnering

[21:04] How large organisations should approach Business Partnering

[23:42] Anders’ thoughts on whether junior or middle management can drive change

[26:03] Maersk’s approach to budgets and Anders’ perspective of Beyond Budgeting

[28:39] Anders’ thoughts on the need to go beyond just a digital strategy

[30:06] Resources that Anders recommends

[32:25] How best to connect with Anders

Resources Mentioned:

  • How to create value as a finance business partner, by Anders Lui Lindberg (English version to be released)
  • The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal, Abridged edition (2003), by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
  • Principles by Ray Dalio
  • The Business Partnering Institute http://www.businesspartneringinstitute.org/

Connect with today’s guest:

  • LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andersliulindberg


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