Category Archives: FD Skills

Finance at the Heart of Business

When I was working as a Finance Director, I felt it was vitally important that the Finance function was at the ‘heart’ of my business. Did I mean that Finance should be literally pumping the life blood of the business? … Continue reading

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The case of the £22 light bulb – is this a light bulb moment for you?

In the news today, is the scandalous leak that the MOD is paying £22 for a light bulb supplied by specialist contractors which can be bought on the open market for only 65 pence. The dismay for any observer of … Continue reading

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Finance Director’s, what role are you taking? Parent, Adult or Child?

For those of you have been exposed to Transactional Analysis, you will recognise the terms parent, adult and child. For those who haven’t come across these terms together, they refer to the way you act when reacting to other people’s … Continue reading

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Why are Leadership Soft Skills Important to Accountants?

I recently attended a CIMA branch meeting where there was a presentation on psychometric testing and its use in business. It became evident during the evening from the questions from the audience of accountants, that there was a higher value … Continue reading

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How to Present Numbers with Impact

Why was it that I always found it a challenge to present the monthly performance figures to team meetings for the whole company? It may have been that I picked up on the cues that my colleagues weren’t always excited … Continue reading

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Get Comfortable Dealing with Ambiguity and Making Decisions

Years of training and work experience has reinforced the need for absolute accuracy in analysis and reporting. This habitual way of working informs the way all Financial Accounting processes are designed and implemented. Controls and checks are mandatory. Manager and … Continue reading

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What are the most important skills to make it to FD?

You’ve worked hard in gaining your qualifications and building your experience. How can you be sure to get that FD role you are aspiring to? If you thought it was all about excellent technical skills and abilities of interpreting the … Continue reading

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