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According to Recruiting Thought Leader Kevin Wheeler, the successful recruiter of today will possess four key skills ... the ability to -- find rare talent -- build relationships -- understand technology, and -- sell and close candidates So here are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at The CFO Coach
Absolutely, Catherine. Very few CFOs really utilize Twitter which is why I didn't comment on it ... this time. But I've blogged about integrating Twitter into an overall social media strategy many times. Here are a couple of those posts ...
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Thanks for your kind words, Ed! There are great synergies to be had amongst many of the new social media tools. I wish you much success with your new SM plan!
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Are there any synergies created for CFOs and other Finance Executives by using both Linked In and Facebook? I’ve actually blogged about this several times in the past, but the question was raised again ... so I’m happy to respond... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2010 at The CFO Coach
You're absolutely right, Samuel. Networking doesn't come easily to the typical CFO and even if they do have those people skills for networking, they're so busy working in their jobs that they totally neglect relationship-building. And speaking of Linked in - make sure the account is set up with a personal email address, not a corporate address. If you lose your job, you lose your account access, too. Thanks for commenting, Samuel!
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2010 on CFO Contingency Plan at The CFO Coach
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Or, Redundancy-Proofing. Or, Career Survival Plan. Whatever the name, the result is the same ... ensuring that in these tough, very competitive times you don’t find yourself on the street before you start looking for your next position. As the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2010 at The CFO Coach
When most of us think about Albert Einstein, we think about a man who was so incredibly intelligent that the average person could not hold a conversation with him, right? Well, apparently that’s not the case. He actually embraced the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2010 at The CFO Coach
Over the past few months, I’ve noticed many more of my CFO clients choosing branding packages over the standard marketing document packages. Then, as usually happens before I write a blog post, a couple of things along that line caught... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2010 at The CFO Coach
One of Matt Bud’s recent editorials in the FENG (Financial Executives Networking Group) newsletter was entitled, “Paint a Pretty Picture". He was primarily talking about resume aesthetics but he also said this, which is my point. “... it breaks my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2010 at The CFO Coach
Right Mike. If you don't have a CPA and a company wants that designation, it's probably not going to be the right fit ... UNLESS you have a solid lead in the door. It will still be a challenge but at least you have a fighting chance. I agree with your statement about maintaining the CPA certification ... some do let the credential lapse. However, if you're a CFO who is serious about playing in a large public company, an active CPA certification is pretty much a necessity.
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2010 on CPA CFO vs. Non-CPA CFO at The CFO Coach
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The controversy is back. Should Chief Financial Officers be required to hold a CPA designation, or not? It began with a guest post on the FEI blog, with a couple of nightmares, I mean examples, of companies with non-CPA CFOs... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2010 at The CFO Coach
How, or even whether, finance executives “unplug” while on vacation has been a hot topic this summer. In June, reported survey results from Robert Half Management Resources ... More than two-thirds, 69%, said they typically check in with work... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at The CFO Coach
Thanks Shahrzad! Being thoughtful ... thinking about others rather than all wrapped up in "me" ... WOULD indeed go a long way towards making us a more considerate society. Somehow, I think emailing that you were sick with laryngitis was an okay thing!
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2010 on Cell Phone Etiquette at The CFO Coach
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Thanks Julie! It always cracks me up when I see people in church with that beetle (bluetooth) in their ear. I'm sure some of them are on call, but others ... heaven forbid they would miss a call rather than a part of the sermon! Just sayin'
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2010 on Cell Phone Etiquette at The CFO Coach
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Thanks for chiming in, Dawn and Jacqui. There seems to be a direct correlation between technology and the world according to "me." As Jacqui says, the walls are imaginary! We can hear you! Dawn, sounds like the beginnings of your own blogs post are percolating!
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2010 on Cell Phone Etiquette at The CFO Coach
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This very curious email came to me through a contact at MyCFONetwork, asking for my thoughts ... In the past two days, I have been privy to listen to someone pitching a new business idea to a colleague and also... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2010 at The CFO Coach
The numbers around whether or not companies are hiring are all over the map. Our own SmartBrief for CFOs poll on this question indicates that close to 80% of respondents say hiring in their companies is flat. That doesn’t mean... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at The CFO Coach
Call me cynical but, I saw this tweet ... Join this great jobs site... They have thousands of pre-screened 100K jobs - check em out ... and just had to shake my head. Job boards are to job seekers what... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2010 at The CFO Coach
Linked In is a great networking tool. Sadly, there are plenty of user errors ... two of which continue to confound me. Canned Invitations. I’ve written about this before. Other people have written about it. Sending a canned invitation to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2010 at The CFO Coach
Recently I stumbled across a primer on common career management misconceptions. Managing your career isn’t rocket science, but it is challenging to get in front of, and drive, your career rather than finding yourself reacting to a trigger event. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2010 at The CFO Coach
Over the past year and a half, I’ve penned a couple of posts (CFOs as CEOs and Decade of CFOs) on the trend of CFOs moving into the CEO seat. In a new article for CFO Zone, Christopher Langhoff, who... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2010 at The CFO Coach
I agree that many CFOs are well-suited for the CEO role, jnasimi ... particularly, as you say, because they bring the financial perspective that COOs and CMOs do not bring. That said, the CFO MUST bring the external, beyond numbers perspective that includes a solid operational understanding and the ability to strategize and guide vision. Just a clarification, the E&Y survey polled CFOs and it was the CFOs who responded ... resulting in that 73/10 number. Thanks for reading and for commenting, jnasimi!
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2010 on CFO Wiring at The CFO Coach
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You make some valid points, Mike. Where I see CFOs with the goal of moving on is when they are operationally-focused and people-oriented vs. the typical "numbers" guy. Interestingly, the poll at SmartBrief is almost a virtual dead heat among those who see the CFO as the destination and those who aspire to be CEOs - a very different statistic and mindset than the middle east results. And your peer network comment should not be taken lightly. Nor should the idea that you stop networking once you land! Thanks for your comments, Mike!
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2010 on CFO Wiring at The CFO Coach
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Ernst & Young recently conducted a study of 669 senior finance professionals in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa focused on the DNA of a CFO. I’m wondering how much different these results would be if America had been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2010 at The CFO Coach
In addition to being a crazed Gator fan (is it football season yet?), I’m also a Hallmark movie mush. Yes, I admit it. And yesterday I caught up on a few of my DVR’d flicks, including “Jack’s Family Adventure.” Jack... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2010 at The CFO Coach