#252: Building relationships that get things done by Dhawal Parvatikar

with Dhawal Parvatikar

Our Guest Mentor:

Dhawal Parvatikar is a Chartered Accountant and IIM-A alumni. Business-focused finance leader with close to 10 years of experience in managerial and controllership roles with leading corporations like Bharat Petroleum, Trafigura Group, Publicis Group & Omnicom Group.

Understanding of both manufacturing & services sectors with diverse exposure across industries like Oil & Gas, Advertising, Media, PR and Software. Effective finance business partner with a strategic focus. A trusted wingman to the CEO/ Business Heads/ GMs.

Exposure in multinational and multi-cultural set up with regional reporting to Hong Kong and Singapore. Understanding of Global Shared Services Set Up. Capable of handling a team of finance professionals and manage end to end finance function.

Key Quotes From the Episode: 

“Qualification is only an entry ticket into corporate world.”[07:09]

“Degrees are fine. But it’s the combination of skills and degree that will define your professional success.” [07:18]

“Building relationship is the most important skill set in finance.”[07:42]

“When aiming for finance controller role, in mind you have to be finance controller first.”[10:59]

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

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Key Points From the Episode: 

– Answering the common questions that young accountants have about their careers

– Developing oneself in the right way to begin to learn to understand the business

– Managing scope creep by:

o Leveraging (virtual) coffee breaks

o regular monitoring of timesheets

o regular sending of insights to management

Time Stamped Show Notes 

[03:10] – Dhawal shares his mentoring activities helping young accountants define their priorities and to learn from them as well.

[05:01] – How Dhawal got into mentoring when some of his friends got confused about their careers.

[06:53] – Common questions of the young accountants about their careers.

[08:53] – Dhawal shares his career journey after completion of his accountancy exams, working at Bharat Petroleum then moving to Trafigura in a shared services set-up. He liked working in a publishing

and advertising company for the last 5 years and he worked with Fleishman Hillard, a communication and public relations company.

[12:26] – On how best to engage and invest in career development as Finance and Accounting professionals.

[12:56] – On developing oneself as much as possible and learn to understand the business.

[14:42] – The best place to start in knowing the business, building relationship skills and getting things done that Dhawal’s learned in his 10 years of working.

[15:48] – Building good working relationship skills to get things done.

[17:06] – Managing scope creep by;

o Leveraging (virtual) coffee breaks

o regular monitoring of timesheets

o regular sending of insights to management

[19:25] – Best bit of advice Dhawal ever received by look at your careers by block of 2-3 years.

[20:42] – Dhawal’s shares the resources our audience to read

[23:06] – Re-reading you pillar books every 2-3 years for better application.

[24:33] – Best way to connect with Dhawal.

[25:35] – Investing to understand the “why” of the business is crucial to the success of the business.

[25:30] – Dhawal’s parting thoughts on focusing on the right skill set.

Resources Mentioned:

Books:

Hardcover

Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance?: Inside IBM’s Historic Turnaround by Lou Gerstner

https://www.amazon.com/Who-Says-Elephants-Cant-Dance/dp/0060523794/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Paperback

How to Win Friends and Influence People Book by Dale Carnegie

Connect with today’s guest:

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dhawal-parvatikar-520b771a/

Website: https://www.train4corp.com


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