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Tips for Finance Pros to Enhance their Presentations
When we talk with people, we don’t read to them. Our sentences are shorter, sometimes spoken in phrases, and we naturally pause between thoughts. You should think of delivering talks and presentations the same way—whether you are speaking to your treasury and finance team, and especially when you present to the board.
Jun 29, 2015
Futures in Finance: The Value of a Treasury Curriculum
This month, Futures in Finance recaps a session at AFP's latest Treasury Advisory Group (TAG) meeting, in which practitioners discussed whether more universities should adopt treasury curriculums. Also this month, we look at whether the stronger dollar should have an impact on treasurers' compensation, and more.
Jun 25, 2015
Job Seeking Finance Pros: Think Before Sending Your Resume
Job seeking treasury and finance professionals have surely noticed that it’s become more difficult to land a new position in the current environment. While there are many reasons for this, an important thing to consider is how the hiring process itself has changed over the past several years.
Jun 25, 2015
Generation T: Creating a Treasury Curriculum for College
Treasurers have expressed difficulty finding young talent that they can mold into the top treasury professionals of tomorrow. Many say the crux of the problem is that college business programs do very little to prepare young professionals for careers in treasury. Would a treasury curriculum solve the problem?
Jun 16, 2015
AFP Annual Conference: Big Ideas Under the Big Top
When Giovanni Edwards attended his first AFP Annual Conference last November, he wasn’t expecting was, as he put it, “Comic-Con for financial professionals.”
Jun 05, 2015
AFP In-Depth: Using a Resume to Tell Your Story
In the latest edition of AFP's In-Depth series, Nicole Meyer, founder and managing partner of the Meyer Partnership, discusses what employers are looking for when they see a resume.
Jun 05, 2015
AFP In-Depth: Using Social Media in a Job Search
In the latest video from AFP's In-Depth series, Anna Akbari, a sociologist and entrepreneur, discusses the best ways to use social media to help land a new job. A prominent thought leader, she is frequently called on as an expert.
May 21, 2015
AFP Survey: Financial Pros’ Salaries Continue to Increase
For two years in a row, treasury and finance professionals have seen an increase in pay. The AFP 2015 Compensation Survey found that financial professionals received a 4.1 percent gain in their base salaries during 2014, an increase from the 3.8 percent increase in 2013.
May 20, 2015
Turning High-Potential Financial Professionals into Leaders
Many executives are focusing on identifying, developing and retaining their high-potential staff (HIPOs) to fill future leadership gaps. But to effectively develop the HIPOs of today into the leaders of tomorrow, treasury and finance leaders need to avoid pitfalls in three areas.
May 19, 2015
Etihad Airways and the Five Stages of FP&A Evolution
When one of the world’s fastest growing airlines hosts a meeting to discuss financial planning and analysis, FP&A professionals are sure to attend. That’s what happened last month at an Etihad/AFP event in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
May 12, 2015
5 Ways Financial Pros Can Create a Climate of Innovation
Today’s treasury and finance professionals can’t help their organizations succeed using the tools and approaches from a bygone era. They need to create a climate for innovation. When leaders learn to be innovative themselves, they cultivate innovation in others.
May 07, 2015
How to Unlock Treasury’s Value and Turn Insight into Action
Corporate treasurers play a greater strategic role compared to five years ago, and that trend is expected to continue. With this in mind, Zanders and AFP's Corporate Treasurers Council have partnered on a new whitepaper that explores how to unlock the value of treasury and turn treasury insight into business impact.
May 05, 2015
Companies Must Invest in Finance Talent, Not Just Systems
Companies with ambitious goals for revenue growth understand that they need to enhance their financial planning and analysis (FP&A) resources and capabilities. The trouble is, so far, they haven't made adequate investments in talent.
May 04, 2015
Skills Financial Professionals Need to Be Authentic Leaders
Authentic leaders don’t rely on doing what comes naturally. Treasury and finance professionals who want to be authentic leaders must change how they talk and listen, depending on the situation and the person they are interacting with.
Apr 29, 2015
How One Treasury Analyst Kicked his Career into High Gear
When Rafael Andrade switched from accounting to treasury in 2012, he wanted to get up to speed as quickly as possible. So he immediately signed up for the AFP Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) certification, studied and passed.
Apr 29, 2015
Futures in Finance: It’s Time to Embrace ‘Little Bets’
This month, Jim Kaitz, president and CEO of AFP, and Peter Sims, co-founder and managing director at The Silicon Guild, explain why finance professionals need to make "little bets." The most successful people today understand that there is no such thing is a sure bet; making mistakes is part of the development process.
Apr 23, 2015
Three Ways Financial Pros Can Improve their LinkedIn Profile
For treasury and finance professionals either seeking a job or simply looking to network with their peers in today’s rapidly changing environment, a strong presence on LinkedIn is an absolute must. Jason Dorsey, chief strategy officer for the Center for Generational Kinetics and best-selling author, lists the essentials to making LinkedIn work.
Apr 22, 2015
AFP Chairman Anthony Scaglione Named EVP, CFO of ABM
AFP Chairman D. Anthony Scaglione, CTP, has been appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer of ABM Industries Inc. He previously served as senior vice president, mergers & acquisitions and corporate treasurer.
Apr 08, 2015
FP&A Newsletter: Why Data is Everybody's Responsibility
Who is responsible for data? Everybody in your organization, according to New York Times bestselling author and business strategist Rahaf Harfoush. She explains why this is so, and how to ensure all employees do it.
Apr 02, 2015
Futures in Finance: The Importance of Good Communication
This month, Futures in Finance turns its attention toward communication across the organization. We look at how effective communication is critical for treasury and finance professionals as they become involved in strategic planning, and more.
Mar 26, 2015
15 Pointers for Jobseeking Financial Professionals
Here are 15 crucial career tips and pointers that allow jobseeking treasury and finance professionals to compete on a level playing field and pull ahead of the competition. Following these guidelines should allow you to be judged on the basis of factors that you can win on.
Mar 26, 2015
Why Articulating Your Strategy Can Set You Apart
CFOs and treasurers are now charged with driving strategic planning and often serve as the glue across functions and business units. But employees are not mind readers. Strategy communication is indispensable to execution and performance.
Mar 25, 2015
Five Ways Finance Professionals Can Tell Better Stories
Communications is critical in financial planning and analysis (FP&A). Simply put, to be effective, you must be a good storyteller. Here are the five guiding principles FP&A professionals should follow to be effective communicators.
Mar 13, 2015
Why a Strong Culture is Crucial for Finance Professionals
Culture is the company’s personality; it describes how work gets done, and is transmitted in the stories told by the team, the processes established, and the tone set by the top of the organization. Seen in this way, culture is a control on financial and operational processes.
Mar 11, 2015
FP&A Pros Focused on Rolling Forecasts, Business Partnering
Chicagoland FP&A professionals gathered for the AFP FP&A Roundtable, sponsored by Peloton Group, to discuss some of their biggest challenges in financial planning and analysis. FP&A professionals were most concerned with rolling forecasts, FP&A business partnering and talent acquisition, management and retention.
Mar 05, 2015