CFO Buzz is a news feature capturing top stories affecting CFOs. This feature is published Fridays so that CFOs can gain perspective over the weekend, allowing them to challenge themselves and think about how to improve their lives, careers and companies.
1) CFO: Strategic Advisor to CEO?
CFOs have heard all about how the CFO has become an indispensable partner to the CEO. Yet ask some CFOs if they feel that they are, and you’ll get some puzzled looks. Here are some ways for the CFO to move themselves closer to the CEO.
2) CFOs that speak English
This article brings out that Ruth Porat, new CFO at Alphabet / Google, has a tendancy to speak clearly and simply. This is an important reminder that CFO speak is not always understood by the people we are speaking with, and that we all need to simplify what we say.
3) Finance will soon look nothing like it does today
Or so this article says. While I certainly do believe that finance is going through transformational change, most finance groups at companies are still stuck living in the past. Certainly there are leaders out there, but these leaders are some of the larger and established companies. For the mid-sized engines of our economy, there is a lot of opportunity to make Finance better. Food for thought.
4) Who is the better negotiator?
Do men negotiate better than women? I don’t know, and won’t try to answer it. Personal style and attributes certainly has an impact on the ability to negotiate. This article touches on some important points to be aware of.
5) Career sponsorship – how it can help
Here is one CFOs story of how sponsorship by someone more senior in their organization made a difference to their career. Do you have a career sponsor?
Some of Samuel’s other CFO stuff this week
Tweet of the week
— Dergel CFO (@DergelCFO) October 26, 2015