#132: How To Not Get Left Behind

with Khaled Chowdhury

Our Guest Mentor:

Khaled Chowdhury is an accomplished and visionary Global Finance Leader with a proven track record of achieving new heights through collaboration and an infusion of technology that enhances organizational capacity and strengthens capabilities with significant experience in the Energy & Chemicals Manufacturing industry.

Khaled also sits on the advisory council of the Association for Financial Professionals as well as being a circle leader for the FP&A Trends Group.

His core interests are in Strategic Planning, Forecasting & Budgeting, Financial Analysis, Business Analysis, Process Optimization, Financial Modeling, Financial Reporting.

Khaled holds a CMA designation, is a Certified Corporate FP&A Professional Certified as well as a Six Sigma Green Belt. Khaled lives with his family in Dallas/Forth Worth, Texas, USA.

Key Quotes From the Episode:

“[On leadership advice] You lead people and you manage things, you do not manage people. When you care about them and give them the resources that will make them successful and they will put in 200% to achieve the goal.” [05:47]

“[On the key responsibility of leadership] True leaders are those you lead their people through the learning process to get to that next stage.” [07:27]

 “[On parting thoughts] There is definitely a premium on curiosity.” [28:47]

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

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Key Points From the Episode:

  • The advantages of being trained by sales and wise leaders.
  • On the most valuable resource we can give back to the business and in one instance drove 50% more sales
  • A practical approach that we can use in finance to help navigate and accelerate the learning process to acquire experience faster.
  • We deconstruct the 3 components of habits and how to change them to deliver better outcomes.

Time Stamped Show Notes

[02:38] – Khaled shares his career journey from university to graduating during a recession, learning business partnering, reporting to VP of sales public accounting and managing many different customer demands and the ‘wild ride’ of accounting.

[04:28] – The advantages of being trained by sales and wise leaders.

[06:40] – The key responsibility of leaders in period of change.

[07:51] – A practical approach that we can use in finance to help navigate and accelerate the learning process to acquire experience faster.

[09:14] – What’s exciting Khaled most about his current work being able to leverage technology to spend more time adding value to the business.

[12:12] – 3 components of habits and how to change our cues and habit to deliver better outcomes.

[15:32] – Why it’s not technology that disrupts rather it’s the application of technology.

[18:10] – On the most valuable resource you can give back to the business and in one instance drove 50% more sales

[19:40] – Why it’s more important to teach how to fish AND also give them a fishing rod, a stocked pond, and the support when they need it.

[22:10] – The best bit of advice Khaled has ever received and why it’s all about the story jiving.

[24:15] – The resources Khaled recommends finance professionals check out and the qualities of the best forecasters.

[25:37] – How best to connect with Khaled.

[26:33] – Khaled’s parting thoughts and why it’s okay to be a little alarmed and the best asset you can invest in.

Resources Mentioned:

  • Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction, by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner,
  • Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade, by Robert B. Cialdini,

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