Our Guest Mentors:
Wayne Ackerman is Principal at Seaview CFO Solutions following a career as a successful Chief Financial Officer (CFO) engaged in driving organizational change that improves performance & shareholder value. Wayne delivers profitable growth & stabilization using simple financial strategies; assists in crisis management situations and completes specific projects beyond the capacity of incumbent staff.
Wayne holds a CPA designation and an MBA from Rutgers Business School He lives in New Jersey, USA.
Key Quotes From the Episode:
“[On how to be asked back] Never lose the emphasis on how to talk to people and to lead.” [07:07]
“[On how to go from good to very good] Experience counts for a lot, take the opportunity to learn about new things.” [08:29]
“[On the real problem of digitalisation in finance] It’s absolutely free to get yelled at and usually you’re going to make the person on the other end feel much better once they’re done.” [10:29]
“[On the importance of having a good vision] Our role is not to be the centre of attention, our role as Peter Drucker said it best, is to lead with questions, to listen, and then to have a few impactful things to say.” [22:04]
(Other resources and how to connect with Wayne below).
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Key Points From the Episode:
- On how to go from good to very good and the power of positively responding to criticism plus a powerful question to ask to add value and what a wise HR person told him;
- Keeping your sanity when helping grow a business form $65m to $350m and then restructuring it; and
- On how getting yelled at helps people feel better if handled right.
Time Stamped Show Notes
[02:15] – Wayne shares his career journey from traditional public practice at Deloitte to the middle market, taking on a role as a CFO of a family business to the compliment of being asked back, helping grow a business form $65m to $350m and then restructuring it, to now working as an interim CFO.
[06:45] – We deconstruct the one key thing on how to get asked back whilst not forgetting our technical and strategic skills.
[08:12] – On how to go from good to very good and the power of positively responding to criticism plus a powerful question to ask to add value and what a wise HR person told him.
[08:20] – On how getting yelled at helps people feel better if handled right.
[11:40] – How to keep your sanity when growing a business from $65m to $350m and the importance of vision and being ready for the growth versus a career of scrambling.
[14:02] – What’s exciting Wayne most about his current work, and why it’s harking him back to the days of his public accounting.
[16:30] – How our professional training prepares us well for the gig economy, the importance of marketing, networking and copying great mentors around you.
[21:00] – The best bit of advice Wayne has ever received which relates “less is more” or more aptly put “talk less, listen more”.
[23:04] – Resources Wayne would recommend our audience check out and the power of handwritten notes.
[25:08] – How best to connect with Wayne.
[26:24] – Wayne’s parting thoughts and our network is our most valuable asset.
- Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done (2001), by by Charles Burck (Author), Larry Bossidy (Author), Ram Charan (Author)
Connect with today’s guest:
- LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wayneackerman/