So you want to be a CFO? – 12 actionable tips to plot a course to the top role in Finance!

There are things you can do to make yourself CFO material

“What are the things I need to do to become a CFO in the future?” “How can I make the transition from Financial Controller to Finance Director?” These are the kind of questions I get from people from time to time. They probably ask me because of the breadth and length of my experience. So,…

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Andy Burrows Featured on the Strength in The Numbers Show

When Andrew Codd asked me if I’d be a guest on his new podcast, The Strength in the Numbers Show, I was excited. I connected with Andrew on LinkedIn quite soon after starting Supercharged Finance. He and Anders Liu-Lindberg seemed to be having some good online discussions about Finance business partnering, which I’d already written…

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The 4 ‘i’s of Stakeholder management

Stakeholder management skills

Stakeholder management (or stakeholder engagement) is one of the skills that you need in increasing measure as you develop in your business career. It’s a strange term, I think, because it sounds like terminology. Do you know what I mean? The thing is, stakeholder engagement is not just one skill. It’s a group of skills,…

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Does Finance Need to Take More Risks?

Do we want risk takers in Finance? Does that conjure up positive or negative images in your mind? I sent some thoughts on this out in the Supercharges Finance newsletter recently (if you haven’t yet signed up for that, click here and join the other Finance superchargers!). I don’t normally put the same content on…

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The Purpose-Driven CFO Part 3: Purpose-Driven Strategy

Understanding why you do things makes a difference

Why do we do “strategy” in business? How can Finance influence the strategy development process to make it most effective? How does understanding why help us? This is what I’m discussing in the the third in my series on LinkedIn – The Purpose-Driven CFO. Is the “strategic plan” just a long term version of the…

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The Purpose-Driven CFO: Introduction

Understanding why you do things makes a difference

Part One – Why Be Purpose-Driven? Understanding the purpose of what we’re doing can have a massive impact on how we do something and how we feel about doing it. In this new series on LinkedIn, I start to explore the reasons behind the things that we do in Finance. If you’ve ever, like me, got…

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Managing Financial Reporting Like a Football Match

managing financial reporting like football

How do you motivate a Financial Reporting team to go through the stress and pressure of “month end” and be happy about it? How do you stop it becoming a monthly grind that makes them curse the day they decided to train as an accountant? I once took up an interim position heading up Group…

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