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The 4 Leadership Traits Spencer Stuart Seeks in Treasurers
Philip Murphy, consultant at executive recruiter Spencer Stuart’s financial officer practice, believes treasurer candidates can differentiate themselves as effective leaders in four ways.
Apr 09, 2014
Mosaic's Treasurer Reveals His 6 Crucial Skills for Leading
Cris Barros was named assistant treasurer and later treasurer of Mosaic, though he had virtually no previous experience in treasury. But what he did have was the right combination of people skills and management experience that allowed him to lead the team effectively.
Apr 02, 2014
Trial and Error: Developing a Managerial Style for Treasury
How Sarah Schaus, assistant treasurer and assistant vice president of Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America developed her managerial style.
Apr 01, 2014
March 2014 Futures in Finance Newsletter
This month, we have a report from the first meeting of the Stockholm FP&A Club,which brought together Swedish financial planning and analysis professionals and provided them with an outlet to discuss the latest trends in FP&A. AFP has also recently partnered with Villanova University and Rice University to offer prep courses for the FP&A Certification. Also, the AFP Advisors Network looks at how independent consultants can set their pricing, CFO Coach Cindy Craft provides tips on creating a resume that works, and more.
Mar 27, 2014
Considering Consulting? Set Your Price
Consultants typically price their projects one of four ways—by the project, as a “win” fee, by the day, or by the hour. There are also many factors unique to each job that may push your price higher or lower.
Mar 27, 2014
CFO Coach: Prime Resume Real Estate
On average, how long does it take before you stop listening to the person who is talking to you and begin mentally going over your remaining “to do” list, think about what you’re going to say next, or plan how you can tactfully extract yourself from the person and the conversation? Think about that the next time you are working on your resume.
Mar 21, 2014
Villanova, Rice Universities Offer FP&A Certification Prep Courses
Villanova University and Rice University are partnering with AFP to offer FP&A professionals an opportunity to prepare for the Certified Corporate FP&A Professional™ in a new, interactive facilitator-led courses. Villanova’s course begins this month, while Rice’s begins in May.
Mar 11, 2014
The Treasury Career Path
Following the financial crisis, the treasury role has been elevated to a higher profile in many organizations. Tighter regulatory measures from the banks have led to challenges in obtaining funding for businesses. Hence the priority role of a treasury professional—funds management and cash flow—has been heightened to a business critical function.
Mar 04, 2014
Molding Talent in Treasury
The members of AFP’s Treasury Advisory Group (TAG) met last week in Washington, D.C. Members discussed developing and retaining talent, which has been popular topic of discussion among many treasury and finance professionals at recent events like the AFP Annual Conference and the CTC Corporate Treasurers Forum.
Mar 03, 2014
Attracting and Retaining Treasury Staff in a Time of Uncertainty
Several factors are contributing to the current state of uncertainty in the U.S. economy. How can corporates navigate those challenges as they attempt to develop and maintain an effective treasury staff?
Feb 28, 2014
February 2014 Futures in Finance
The month, we take a look at the Corporate Treasury Council's new guide, Attracting and Retaining Talent. Sponsored by Reval, and part of the CTC's Leadership in Treasury series, the guide delves deep into the unique challenges treasurers face in talent management, including practical examples from eight companies in different industries. Also this month, we look at preparing for the FP&A Exam, the characteristics of an optimized close, and more.
Feb 27, 2014
Considering Consulting? Know Your Value
There are many factors financial professionals must consider before making the move to consulting. Before you begin, you should define who you are as an independent consultant, and ensure that there is a need in the market.
Feb 26, 2014
CFO Coach: All Upgrades Are Not Created Equal
Upgrade has become a relative term when speaking about social media platforms. And venues like LinkedIn and Facebook come immediately to mind whenever “social media” and “upgrade” are used in the same sentence. And maybe you’ve even noticed that the word upgrade is often a misnomer, since many of them only seem to ratchet up the level of frustration of users.
Feb 21, 2014
CTC Releases New Guide on Attracting and Retaining Talent
Recruiting and developing top talent has never been more important. Nowhere is the challenge more pressing than in treasury groups, according to the treasurers interviewed for the new CTC Guide, Leadership in Treasury: Attracting and Retaining Talent, underwritten by Reval.
Feb 05, 2014
January 2014 Futures in Finance
This month, we cover AFP's recent trip to the Middle East, with the goal of promoting the FP&A certification to global markets. AFP met with finance practitioners in Dubai and Saudi Arabi. In other AFP news, the recent released Crucial Conversations in Finance Survey (a collaborative effort with VitalSmarts) features 101 insights from financial professionals describing how they handled sensitive or critical situations at their organizations. Also this month, the AFP Advisors Network provides advice for aspiring consultants as well as social media tips for building your professional brand, the CFO Coach makes the case for neutral third-party assessments, and we profile AFP Board Member Adrienne Urban.
Jan 30, 2014
Social Media Tips: Building Your Professional Brand
Social media is a critical tool in today’s job market. If used correctly, sites like LinkedIn and Twitter can help any active or passive jobseeker advance in their career. In a recent webinar, the AFP Advisors Network provided treasury and finance professionals with some important tips on how they can make the most out of social media.
Jan 29, 2014
Considering Consulting? Look Before You Leap
Making the transition from a full-time employee to an independent consultant is a major risk for any financial professional. But independent consulting also has the potential to be professionally and financially rewarding.
Jan 29, 2014
CFO Coach: A Good Third-Party Assessment
Every sport has a coach that serves as a neutral third-party assessor who can see what the player on the field cannot see. It is the same for a job search candidate. A good, neutral third-party assessment is an excellent idea if you truly want to be effective.
Jan 28, 2014
AFP Board Member Profile: Adrienne Urban, CTP
Adrienne Urban, CTP, vice president and treasurer, World Fuel Services Corporation, has been a member of AFP since 1997. Urban has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2010, serves as a member of the Audit Committee and the Ethics Special Committee.
Jan 17, 2014
Crucial Conversations Define Financial Professionals’ Careers
The Crucial Conversations in Finance Survey, produced by AFP and VitalSmarts, features 101 insights from financial professionals describing how they handled sensitive or critical situations at their organizations. These insights reveal a clear pattern for success and dialogue skills that can help any financial professional can use in a defining moment.
Jan 08, 2014
Looking for a Finance Job in 2014? Try FP&A
Many organizations are planning to expand payrolls next year, but few are expected to add more positions to treasury and finance. Which begs the question: Are there any areas where companies will add positions?
Dec 24, 2013
December 2013 Futures in Finance
This month, we look ahead to 2014 and the opportunities it presents for
treasury and finance professionals. The recently released AFP Business
Outlook Survey revealed that while many companies are expected to add
jobs in 2014, most treasury and finance departments are expected to
remain status quo.
Dec 20, 2013
CFO Coach: What to Expect in 2014
The end of the year is about to become a memory as we speed into 2014. From a career perspective, 2013 has been challenging for many finance executives on the hunt for new opportunities. What can we expect in 2014? Probably more of the same.
Dec 19, 2013
Weddle: The Employer’s Holiday Wish List
Wish lists are big this time of year, not only among kids and parents, but among employers, as well. Organizations are looking ahead to 2014 and hoping they'll find just the right kind of talent to meet or exceed their business goals. Knowing what's on those wish lists, therefore, is a critical component of any successful job search.
Dec 13, 2013
AFP Board Member Profile: Joan Piscitello, CTP
It is always rewarding to find oneself in the perfect job. For Joan Piscitello, CTP, Treasurer at Iowa State University, the perfect job came looking for her.
Dec 12, 2013