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AFP Seeks Volunteers to Update CTP Body of Knowledge
Every three years, the body of knowledge for the CTP examination is reviewed and updated. AFP is seeking qualified subject matter experts for the CTP Body of Knowledge Committee, which will help develop the new version.
Sep 29, 2014
Futures in Finance: Can Bad Culture Cost You Your Job?
With the AFP Annual Conference just around the corner, we're bringing you exclusive content from our presenters. Can having a weak culture in place cost you your job? What is one nonfinancial skill all financial professionals must have? Learn all this and more.
Sep 25, 2014
3 Ways Financial Professionals Can Improve Communication
Communication has become increasingly important in the development of financial professionals. Here are three key skills to make you a more effective communicator.
Sep 24, 2014
Project Management: A Crucial Skill for Treasury and Finance
Treasury and finance professionals are frequently being asked to step out of their traditional roles and serve as project managers. In this exclusive preview of the 2014 AFP Annual Conference, speakers Peter Biglin, CTP, and Steve C. Phillips, CTP, FP&A, discuss project management.
Sep 24, 2014
CFO Coach: 3 Ways Finance Jobseekers Can Stand Out
Finance professionals seeking that coveted CFO job must avoid adopting the herd mentality. Here are three key tips on how to do that.
Sep 19, 2014
4 Steps for Hiring the Right Financial Professional
Talent management specialists provide four steps treasury and finance leaders must follow if they want to hire the right staff members.
Sep 12, 2014
Fortune 1000 Companies Buzzing over FP&A Certification
Last month, AFP’s Brian Kalish met with financial planning and analysis professionals in New York and Omaha, Nebraska. One message was clear: practitioners are interested in the FP&A Certification.
Sep 10, 2014
TrueBlue Treasurer Reveals the Keys to Management Success
A big challenge for any treasury or finance professional is the process of transitioning from an individual contributor to a leader. Darren McCallon, vice president of finance and treasurer of TrueBlue, looks back on his career and provides some advice.
Sep 02, 2014
August 2014 Futures in Finance: Do You Need a Career Coach?
This month, we have an interview with career and leadership coach Vivian James Rigney, who is speaking at the CTC Executive Institute at the 2014 AFP Annual Conference. We also have interviews with Ori Brafman, bestselling author, and Juan Arangote, FP&A of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, who are each speaking at the conference.
Aug 28, 2014
VIDEO: Is Your Treasury Department Becoming More Strategic?
At the recent CTC Corporate Treasurers Forum in Chicago, Kelly Timmer, assistant treasurer, Wolverine Worldwide, discussed assuming the treasury role at a time when the profession was undergoing significant changes and becoming more strategic.
Aug 26, 2014
CTC Executive Institute Preview: Do You Need a Career Coach?
Attendees of the CTC Executive Institute at the 2014 AFP Annual Conference in November will have the opportunity to hear from one of today’s leading career motivators—Vivian James Rigney, career and leadership coach. Originally from Ireland and based in New York City, Rigney works primarily with clients in treasury and finance.
Aug 24, 2014
CFO Tenure and Turnover: Not So Far Apart?
A number of recent articles have indicated an uptick in both turnover and tenure at the chief financial officer level. At first glance, this might support the theory that with today’s technology and enough research, you can find something to support any belief you hold. However, in this particular case, there might be some truth to these seemingly conflicting trends—because maybe they aren’t so different after all.
Aug 22, 2014
VIDEO: The Value of the FP&A Certification
Juan Arangote, FP&A, CPA, CMA, Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, discusses preparing for the Certified Corporate FP&A Professional exam, as well as why earning the certification is a smart career move for FP&A professionals.
Aug 21, 2014
Expert Reveals Crucial Skills FP&A Professionals Need to Thrive
The FP&A professionals of the future won’t be in the business of providing just numbers. They’ll be giving clients—internal and external—information that matters to them, solves problems, and helps them make critical decisions to increase profits.
Aug 19, 2014
VIDEO: The Changing Role of Treasury
In this exclusive video interview, Steve Overholser, CTP, CPA, CFO & Treasurer for Great Clips, Inc. discusses how his role has changed over the past five years. On the whole, treasury has become more involved in operations and strategic decision-making.
Aug 06, 2014
Leadership in Treasury: Gavin Waugh, Treasurer, Wendy’s
Gavin Waugh, the treasurer of Wendy's, tells how he achieved his career goal, and how he keeps his team motivated.
Aug 06, 2014
VIDEO: Being Part of the FP&A Inaugural Class
Eric Smialek, FP&A, Senior Financial Analyst for Neustar, discusses his experience becoming part of the first class of Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) professionals.
Jul 30, 2014
July 2014 Futures in Finance Newsletter
This month, we bring you two exclusive video interviews with members of our inaugural class of Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) professionals. Travis Lockhart of IMC and Todd Peterson of AARP discuss why they were interested in taking the beta exam and how they prepared for it. Also this month, we have the second installment in the AFP Advisors Network's series on the three core competencies of independent consulting.
Jul 24, 2014
VIDEO: Why Become a Certified Corporate FP&A Professional?
Todd Peterson, FP&A, Senior Financial Analyst for AARP, discusses why he wanted to be part of the first class of Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) professionals.
Jul 24, 2014
The Ideal Skill Set for a Financial Consultant
The second core competency that any prospective independent treasury or finance consultant needs is technical competency. Many independent consulting engagements can be very technical in nature, so practitioners who believe they may eventually pursue independent consulting would be wise to keep those skills fresh.
Jul 22, 2014
CFO Coach: Becoming a Superstar of the C-Suite
Today’s CFO superstar is involved in every aspect of the business, solving problems across all aspects of the organization. At the core of the problem solving is finance and numbers, but it is now intricately woven with operations and the need for a broader base of business and finance acumen.
Jul 18, 2014
June 2014 Futures in Finance Newsletter
This month, we bring you exclusive coverage of the career-related sessions at the CTC Corporate Treasurers Forum in Chicago and the AFP Canadian Forum in Toronto. Also, one of the first applicants to pass the beta FP&A Certification exam discusses his process in taking the test, the AFP Advisors Network looks at the business skills required to become a successful independent consultant, and more.
Jun 26, 2014
The Business of Consulting: What Treasury & Finance Pros Should Know
The first core competency that any prospective independent treasury or finance consultant needs is business acumen. Simply being a subject matter expert is not enough—you must posses the skills required to run your own business if you want to be successful.
Jun 24, 2014
CFO Coach: Are You a Credible Candidate?
Are you credible? It’s a serious question. You might be a credible job candidate, but unless you appear credible you probably aren’t… at least not in the minds of those in a position to hire you.
Jun 20, 2014
Treasury’s Growing Role Brings Staffing Challenges, Execs Say
As treasury’s role continues to grow, and new responsibilities are added, one unintended consequence is a growing challenge over hiring and retaining staff. Many treasury groups now must develop leaders not only for treasury but for the entire organization.
Jun 18, 2014