#288: The 4 Building Blocks For Finance professionals That Have Emerged This Pandemic

with Chris E. Ortega

Our Guest Mentor:                                                        

Chris E. Ortega is a global finance influencer with extensive experience in accounting, financial planning & analysis, corporate finance, and financial management. Chris is currently Director of Finance at Emarsys and has had wide ranging experiences in finance and accounting with a Big 4 accounting firm, entrepreneurial, and public & private companies. With his volunteer work Chris also demonstrates his commitment to helping others realize and achieve greatness.

Chris holds an MBA from UIndy and is based out of Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

 Key Quotes From the Episode:

“No matter what stages of life you are, you have the opportunity to learn from anybody.”[10:20]

“The most important place to start to implement any strategy is to start with people.” [14:59]

“Connect with your people as you connect with other areas of the business.”[18:48]

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

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Key Points From the Episode:

– 4 building blocks for FP&A professionals that emerge this pandemic;

· Agility of finance

· Empowerment vs. directive driven culture

· Remote experience and new skills

· Leverage technology

– Start implementing your strategy first to the people, process and technology

– Connecting with your people as you connect with other areas of the business

Time Stamped Show Notes

[03:02] – Chris shares his experiences working as Director for Finance to Emarsys, one of the biggest software and IT company based in Indianapolis. An amateur boxer and love challenges. Has passion on sharing his expertise to finance and accounting professional this challenging moment.

[04:19] – Doing boxing while transitioning jobs and loves the physical and mental challenge, the importance of strategy over physical prowess.

[08:11] – Leanings from boxing that is applicable to Chris professional career

[11:56] – 4 building blocks for FP&A professionals that emerge this pandemic;

· Agility of finance

· Empowerment vs. directive driven culture

· Remote experience and new skills

· Leverage technology

[14:59] – Start implementing your strategy first to the people, process and technology

[18:32] – Connecting with your people as you connect with other areas of the business

[22:25] – Best advice Chris ever received

[26:01] – Best resources our audience to check-out

[30:26] – Chris parting thoughts on optimizing ourselves

Resources Mentioned:

Books:

Paperback

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Green https://www.amazon.com/48-Laws-Power-Robert-Greene/dp/0140280197

Harvard Business Journal https://hbr.org/

Connect with today’s guest:

LinkedIn : linkedin.com/in/chriseortega

IG : https://www.instagram.com/ceo_future1/

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