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As the business world grows in complexity and increases in pace, organisations expect the leaders of their management accounting teams to be just that-leaders. Crunching the numbers, running financial reports, and complying with rules and regulations are only a part of contemporary CFOs' or controllers' work. Equally important is CFOs' participation on the executive team as a strategic leader of the finance function, a strong communicator, high-level negotiator, and builder of a collaborative environment.
While your organisation expects you to take on this evolving role, you may not feel confident in your ability to perform these high-level functions. The Traits of Today's CFO: A Handbook for Excelling in an Evolving Role has the answers you need. This book explores in detail controllers' and CFOs' critical traits and explains specifically what actions are required to meet these requirements. It provides a wealth of information on coaching employees and, in the process, transferring accountability for results back to their hands. It further includes thorough coverage of best practices in governance and risk programmes, gap analysis, shaping organisational culture, and team building.
Drawing on studies of executives and leaders of finance teams, The Traits of Today's CFO develops a detailed picture of the contemporary and future controller and CFO and tells you how to powerfully perform in these roles.
Checklists, self-assessments, position descriptions, coaching exercises, and other practical tools make this book immediately useful to your work now and your own evolving career.
"There will always be a high demand for the strategic CFO," author Ron Rael says. Ensure you are a strategy-driven management accounting leader with this valuable book.
About the Author
Ron Rael, CPA, is a thought leader for the CPA profession on leadership and CFO/controllership topics. He is the CEO of the High Road Institute, a leadership development organisation. Ron has authored content on topics such as professionalism, customer service, budgeting, accountability, governance, risk management, and strategic planning. He has coached more than 10,000 accounting professionals in organisations and leadership teams throughout the United States and Canada.
Ron's industry experience comes from working in two large corporations, as well as from leading accounting teams in numerous closely held businesses.
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