#258: On top of ROI

with Indran Purushothaman

Our Guest Mentor:

Indran has built a global finance career from launching new operations to transformation and corporate finance fundraising. He is a CPA from Australia with a master in applied finance and a certified in Project management.  What stood up from his career was a mindset of curiosity, commercial acumen and taking calculative risks for the appropriate rewards. He has lived across multiple continents from Asia to the west and visited more than 50 countries.

Outside work he enjoys reading up on international relations, history and management. He has a very active lifestyle and loves sports especially indoor cycling, field hockey and football.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, he left Cambodia where he was the interim CFO for Urban living solutions and has just returned to Australia.

We are happy to have him on our show today, sharing with us his global experiences, and perspective on how can our profession create/ add values now, in midst of the crisis, and how do we emerge stronger with our business partners.

Key Quotes From the Episode: 

“The daily task of Finance Director is staff mentoring.”[14:59]

“I want to build a team that is curious, for no one knows everything.”[15:59]

“On this pandemic be comfortable with VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity.”[19:12]

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

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Key Points From the Episode:

 – A day as Finance Director at Urban Living Solutions in Cambodia

 – Mentoring and developing people is part of Indran’s role and building a team that is;

  • Curious
  • Open-Minded
  • People who can collaborate  

Providing value in the organization in the midst of pandemic

Time Stamped Show Notes 

[04:15] – Indran’s shares his career journey evolved into 5 phase. Doing the nuts and bolts of the accounting profession at the banking sector was the first phase while did mostly strategic finance in the 2nd phase of his career and finishing his Masteral degree at University of Melbourne. Third phase was when he returned from Sydney back to Melbourne to be with his aging parents at the same time doing internal consulting works. 4th phase was venturing on moonlighting to New York based entrepreneurs helping them setting-up their finance team. He had a 2 year CFO engagement in Mumbai, India owned by Malaysian company doing the first monorail project that leads to the 5th phase of being a transformational CFO and lately work at Cambodia

[09:48] – Indran’s best experience ever at Arthur Young at Wellingotn, New Zealand and those writing letter moments.

[12:51] – A day as Finance Director at Urban Living Solutions in Cambodia is exciting.

[15:43] – Mentoring and developing people is part of Indran’s role and building a team that is;

– Curious

– Open-Minded

– People who can collaborate

[17:19] – Providing value in the organization in the midst of pandemic.

[18:43] – Navigating in this crisis together with the business by understanding it form end to end.

[20:38] – The role of finance in the business recovery after the COVID pandemic and emerging of new business practices is something to look forward to.

[22:11] – Best bit of advice Indran ever received on transparency at work.

[24:06] – Indran’s shares the resources our audience to read.

[26:51] – Functioning at the highest level of CFO even working remotely.

[32:23] – Indran’s parting thoughts on always developing oneself and finding ways to learn.

[33:09] – Best way to connect with Indran.

Resources Mentioned:

Books:

                Hardcover

Future Fit: How to Stay Relevant and Competitive in the Future of Work by Andrea Clarke

https://www.amazon.com/Future-Fit-Stay-Relevant-Competitive/dp/0648410072

Paperback

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World Book by David Epstein

https://www.amazon.com/Range/dp/1509843507/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF 8&qid=&sr=

Hardcover

Building Resilience for Success: A Resource for Managers and Organizations

https://www.amazon.com/Building-Resilience-Success-Resource Organizations/dp/0230361285

Kindle

How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton M. Christensen       

https://www.amazon.com/How-Will-Measure-Your-Life

ebook/dp/B006ID0CH4/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1587885850&sr=1-1

 Connect with today’s guest:

LinkedIn Profile:       https://www.linkedin.com/in/indranpurushothaman/

Website:                      indranp@gmail.com

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