How Can Finance Earn a Full Seat at Strategic Leadership Table?

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Strategic Leadership Table: Becoming a Trusted Finance Advisor


Most Finance employees work hard and want to help their company grow. However, finance is often viewed as the support function that tactically helps the strategic business leadership make informed decisions with reduced financial and compliance risk. Becoming a Trusted Advisor equal to other peers at the CEO table or even the most trusted advisor is often a major challenge at the Strategic Leadership Table. In my opinion, the opportunity for Finance to earn a full seat at the table not only exists but also if HR reports to them, may represent the biggest opportunity in business today.

So, where is the challenge? This course will outline four major areas that are understood by many CEOs but may be major paradigm shifts for CFOs. These paradigm shifts may be enlightening to them and represent a major opportunity for the CFO to add significant value to the company.

The course begins with understanding who actually sits at the top of the strategic leadership table and what their primary focus is for the entire company. We will discuss how the CEO typically makes major company changes and then compare the CEO’s approach to a typical Finance approach. This discussion will explain how the CEO defines strategic versus what most Finance groups consider strategic. The focus will then shift to how Finance can become more strategic as defined by the CEO and Board. Included will be metrics that show how significant the opportunity is for most companies. Then we will share an example for how strategic thinking requires paradigm shift thinking to support the changing business environment that CEOs face everyday.

Next, focus shifts from strategic thinking to leadership and explains how leadership is critical to implement strategic paradigms. The discussion will include describing the difference between managing versus leading.

Finally, we will summarize how Finance can Earn a Full Seat at the Strategic Leadership Table and be an integral part of the executive leadership team.

Who this course is for: 

  • CFOs and senior Financial Leaders

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  • CFO or Senior Financial Leader

What will you learn
  • What is the primary focus of CEOs and Board members that you must focus on to be included at the table
  • How CEOs and Board member select and implement initiatives to support the business
  • How CEOs define strategic versus what Finance typically defines as strategic
  • How executive leadership is different from managing
  • Why executive leadership is critical to implement to the changes necessary to contribute at the Strategic Leadership Table
Course Curriculum
No of Lectures: 1 Total Duration: 00:59:23
Kekul Shah shah – May 24, 2021