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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
FP&A Newsletter: Insights for Combining Leadership and FP&A
Most firms understand that financial planning and analysis is more
critical than ever before. But how do you leverage FP&A in a
strategic manner? And how do you find and train good FP&A staff? This issue looks at leadership and FP&A – and it offers insights on how to best combine the two.
Mar 05, 2015
Futures in Finance: Key Insights for Careers in FP&A
This month, Futures in Finance turns its attention towards FP&A. We begin with a profile of Todd Peterson, FP&A, financial analytics manager for AARP and one of the inaugural class of the Corporate FP&A Professional Certification. We also preview the upcoming FP&A Leadership Summit in Amsterdam, with an interview with keynote speaker Rahaf Harfoush.
Feb 26, 2015
How the FP&A Certification Can Lead to Immediate Success
When Todd Peterson, FP&A, financial analytics manager for AARP, came across the Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Professional Certification, he realized that he wanted to be part of the inaugural class. Smart move. Peterson ended up getting a promotion out of it.
Feb 25, 2015
Mead Johnson’s FP&A Manager Finds the Formula for Success
Angeliki Kasi, the financial planning and analysis (FP&A) manager for Europe at formula manufacturer Mead Johnson, tells how the scope of her job can differ from one country to another, depending upon how the FP&A role is defined.
Feb 25, 2015
Pick Six: FP&A’s Most Pressing Challenges
There are six key issues that every single FP&A professional—from London to Istanbul—is dealing with. In the current economic climate, finance professionals must stay focused on these areas to have a truly positive impact on the business.
Feb 23, 2015
Applying Hostage Negotiation Techniques to Business
Directly addressing a negative in a negotiation can both diminish the problem and improve the relationship. Too often in the workplace, executives do that exact opposite—and that hurts their credibility and ultimately, the organization.
Feb 18, 2015