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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
Treasurer Tells Her Peers: Seek Out Challenging Assignments
Christy Barwick, CTP, treasurer of Intellectual Ventures, has a message for her fellow practitioners: Don’t wait for new and challenging assignments to come to you. Seek them out.
Feb 12, 2015
Futures in Finance: How to Be Effective in the Boardroom
This month, Vivian James Rigney, executive and leadership coach for Inside Us, provides treasury and finance professionals with tips on how to improve communication in the boardroom. Also, AFP is looking for practitioners to participate in updating the body of knowledge for the CTP examination.
Jan 29, 2015
Boardroom Conversations: How to Read the Room
Treasury and finance professionals often interact with other departments who are not aware of what they do. Vivian James Rigney, Executive and Leadership Coach for Inside Us, provides tips on how financial professionals can prepare for those conversations.
Jan 28, 2015
AFP Seeks Volunteers to Update CTP Body of Knowledge
AFP is seeking qualified subject matter experts to participate on the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) Body of Knowledge Committee. “The Essentials of Treasury Management”, the body of knowledge (BoK) for AFP and the CTP examination, is reviewed and updated every three years.
Jan 15, 2015
Futures in Finance: How to Prepare for Meeting with the CFO
This month features an in-depth look at how treasurers can adequately prepare themselves for meeting with the CFO, CEO and other internal stakeholders. Also, new AFP Chairman Anthony Scaglione, CTP, talks key leadership traits, and CFO Cindy Kraft provides financial professionals with tips on how to market themselves.
Dec 19, 2014
Treasury Tips: How to Convey Your Message to the CFO
In this exclusive video interview, Dana Laidhold, treasurer of The Carlyle Group, explains how treasurers can better convey their message to the CFO and other internal stakeholders by focusing on those stakeholders' concerns and how treasury's operations support that.
Dec 11, 2014
Be Prepared: How Treasurers Can Prove Their Value to the CFO
It’s easy to tell treasurers that they have to get in front of a CFO and demonstrate their value. But how should they prepare for this? And, how do they get executives with a minimal knowledge of what treasury does to take the time to listen to what they have to say?
Dec 08, 2014
Three Important Issues for FP&A in 2015
Jason Balogh, EPM Transformation Principal at The Hackett Group, points out the three most important issues FP&A professionals will face next year.
Dec 05, 2014
CFO Coach: How Financial Professionals Can Market Themselves
In today’s competitive job market, financial professionals need to remember three key things when seeking a new position: you can’t rest on your laurels, you have to prove that you’re a problem-solver, and you need to show that your contributions have made an impact.
Dec 03, 2014
Is Asking ‘Why?’ a Barrier for FP&A Professionals in Asia?
While Asia offers some of the greatest opportunities for FP&A professionals, it is highly frowned upon to question 'Why?'. The reality is that a large part of financial planning and analysis (FP&A) is premised on the ability to ask 'Why?'.
Dec 01, 2014
Leadership in Treasury: How to Set the Gold Standard
Frank Crema, vice president and treasurer for Vancouver, British Columbia-based Goldcorp Inc., has worked in every aspect of treasury throughout his career. He identified three critical factors that make a good leader.
Nov 26, 2014
Futures in Finance: Improving Treasury-CFO Communication
This month, Futures in Finance brings you our 2014 AFP Annual Conference roundup, including coverage of a CTC Executive Institute session on improving communication between the treasury and the CFO, and the FP&A Roundtable.
Nov 21, 2014
FP&A in Southeast Asia: The Right Tools, Talent Needed
Brian Kalish, director of AFP's FP&A practice, recently traveled to Southeast Asia, where practitioners stressed the need for better tools and talent in FP&A. Kalish also shared the advances AFP has made on the Corporate FP&A Professional Certification.
Nov 20, 2014