Our Guest Mentor:
Jean-Philippe Gauvrit has held several senior finance and leadership roles during a rich international career. Until April 2019 he was the head of Region Finance for the Asia-Pacific and Japan region. He has spent the last 20 years in Shanghai, Singapore, India, Paris and recently London.
Leading Change, creating teams and developing talents have shaped his career and his personal life. Jean-Philippe is passionate about role design and creation, professional identity and about the impacts of digital disruption on people and teams.
He is a certified coach, and conducts coaching & mentoring activities at Nokia, and externally. Jean-Philippe is a father of four, a grandfather, speaker and writer as well as an avid photographer.
Key Quotes From the Episode:
“[On how to grasp the opportunity of working in a new culture] I felt a lot of excitement in having to reinvent myself every day, meaning when you meet people from different cultures, from different ways of working you have to reinvent yourself you have to go and meet people, you have to learn and unlearn some of the things you’ve learnt when you were for instance in France or Europe and find your own way with the people it cannot only be about yourself.” [07:22]
“[On partnering with other people with different ways] Let the flow go is extremely important, you need to let things go and say maybe that’s not the way I would have done it but maybe let’s listen to this guy.” [11:27]
“[On the importance of change management] As finance professionals we have seen a lot more complexity in the change management over the past ten years, when we used to do transformation in finance 15 years ago I’m not saying it was easy it was let’s bring in a new tool and now it is totally different, it is much more complex, much more open to other functions and different things.” [19:46]
“[On not being isolated] Don’t feel isolated, don’t stay isolated, you don’t know what you don’t know so you need to learn with others you need to find someone who knows better than you know … and raise your hand, when there’s something wrong don’t stay in your box.” [25:23]
(Other resources and how to connect with Jean-Philippe below).
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Key Points From the Episode:
- The opportunities and challenges of working in a new region & culture, the importance of unlearning and reinventing yourself.
- How Jean-Philippe got into mentoring & change management and the distinction between change management and transformation today versus 15 years ago which makes coaching and mentoring more important.
- The value of partnering with people with different logic, cultural ways, and reactions when facing challenges.
Time Stamped Show Notes
[02:59] – Jean-Philippe shares his career journey as a CFO and finance controller for large organisations such as Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia, with 20 years in Asia Pacific. JP is also a coach and has a personal interest in change management and the impact of new technologies on our people.
[04:59] – We discuss the benefits of being a generalist in Finance.
[07:19] – The opportunities and challenges of working in a new region & culture, the importance of unlearning and reinventing yourself.
[09:55] – The value of partnering with people with different logic, cultural ways, and reactions when facing challenges.
[12:50] – Jean-Philippe shares a memory from his first large board meeting in China and about how the culture was very different to the more western way he was used to at the time, and also India where it seemed the other way around.
[16:41] – The importance of connecting with one or two local people to get an understanding on how do things work around here.
[19:04] – How Jean-Philippe got into mentoring & change management and the distinction between change management and transformation today versus 15 years ago which makes coaching and mentoring more important.
[22:42] – The importance of the human aspect in Finance and the impact of technologies on the future of finance for younger professionals and how coaching & mentoring as a way of helping the next generation.
[24:53] – The best bits of advice Jean-Philippe ever received, don’t feel isolated “you don’t know what you don’t know”.
[26:50] – The importance of non-technical training and why this is not natural for accountants.
[29:03] – Resources that Jean-Philippe recommend to our audience to follow up on, as well as the importance of trying to meet other people.
[30:36] – Best way to connect to Jean-Philippe.
[31:30] – Jean-Philippe’s parting thoughts on not being shy and the importance of staying humble.
Connect with today’s guest:
- LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jpgauvrit/