Since I’ve been writing articles on Finance topics, I’ve been paying more attention to others who are doing similar things – providing resources for Finance people. And one of the great benefits of doing the writing (and I think everyone who publishes thought-provoking material will say the same) is that you get to connect with, communicate with, and get to know many of these people and see all the great things they are doing.
So, at the start of a new year, I wanted to share some of the things that I think you will find useful if you’re interested in continually learning about the Finance function, and how you can improve the work you do.
You’ll hopefully find that following the links that I’m going to share will lead you into further links. And you should end up with a wide array of helpful resources.
Set aside some time to go through these. And do whatever you normally do to save this links – browser bookmark, add to Pocket or Pinterest, follow people on whatever social media they use. Sign up for newsletters. Then you will get access to useful resources, many of which are provided free.
So, without further ado, here are some ideas…
If you’re like me and you have commuting time in the car, or walking, or on the train, podcasts and audiobooks can be great to make the time more fruitful. I hate dead time, where I’m just driving or walking. I always want to be putting time to good use.
So, Andrew Codd’s Strength In The Numbers podcast will give you a lot of value. He interviews people who have helpful things to say about Finance and Accounting. He calls them mentors, because it’s a bit like getting virtual mentoring. And they come from a wide variety of backgrounds, geographies and disciplines. So, you get a good cross-section of experiences and viewpoints.
If you’ve ever felt a little limited by the fact that you’ve only worked in one or two places, and you always wonder how other people do things, then having that wide cross-section of mentors will help you a lot.
So, check it out!
His interview with me will be aired sometime soon, I believe. But I’ll give a specific link to that when it’s out.
People to Follow Online
I’ve been on LinkedIn since 2005, not long after it started, when it only had just over 1 million users. Now it’s got 500 million users. But I’ve only really started to see its real power over the 18 months.
If you’re not engaging in LinkedIn on a regular basis, you’re missing out on some fantastic advice and experience in the form of thought-provoking articles, status updates that generate interesting discussions, and groups that bring people with the same interests together.
If you’re not on LinkedIn, you can sign up here for free. Don’t bother paying for premium membership. Just spend some time getting your profile set up, and start by doing three things:
- Send connection requests to everyone you know who is on LinkedIn;
- Go to my profile, and scroll down and click on the “Follow” button;
- Go to Anders Liu-Lindberg’s profile, and do the same!
What you do from there is then up to you to discover, but there are few more tips below.
The reasons I mention Anders are that he is one of the best collaborators I know, and his writing on LinkedIn is both prolific and helpful.
One of the most helpful things he’s done recently is to publish an article listing the top Finance people to follow on LinkedIn in 2018. You can find that article here. Go through it, and follow every person on the list and make a note to investigate them further. I concur with every single person chosen to be on the list.
There are numerous Finance and Accounting groups – discussion forums – on LinkedIn. I joined every one that I could find. And from my experience, the following are the ones that are most active and engaging:
- The Finance Business Partner Forum, which is run by Anders Liu-Lindberg;
- Generation CFO, run by Chris Argent;
- The Modern Finance Forum (FSN), run by Gary Simon
As I said, there are quite a few other big groups – the Finance Club and the Chief Financial Officer Network have big numbers, but the level of engagement is low. By all means join whatever groups you want, and see which you like the best. Just type “Finance” or related keywords into the search bar to find them. You can always leave the groups that don’t give you what you need.
Brad Eisenhuth’s, The Outperformer, runs regular webinars to help you build your career in Finance. If you’re in Australia, they also provide some very helpful courses – check out, in particular, Andrew Jepson’s Compliance to Commercial course.
Now Over to You
So, there are some ideas for places to go online, and people to follow, to help you continue to learn and grow in your Finance and Accounting skills and career.
Now, over to you! If you have found any other helpful websites, webinar presenters, podcasts, blogs, people to follow, that I haven’t mentioned, just give them a mention in the comments below! And give links as well if you want.