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CFO THOUGHT LEADER is a podcast featuring firsthand accounts of finance leaders who are driving change within their organizations.We share the career journey of our spotlighted CFO guest: What do they struggle with? How do they persevere? What makes them successful CFOs? CFO THOUGHT LEADER is all about inspiring finance professionals to take a leadership leap. We know that by hearing about the successes — (and yes, also the failures) — of others, today’s CFOs can more confidently chart their own leadership paths across the enterprise and take inspired action.

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CFO THOUGHT LEADER is a podcast featuring firsthand accounts of finance leaders who are driving change within their organizations.We share the career journey of our spotlighted CFO guest: What do they struggle with? How do they persevere? What makes them successful CFOs? CFO THOUGHT LEADER is all about inspiring finance professionals to take a leadership leap. We know that by hearing about the successes — (and yes, also the failures) — of others, today’s CFOs can more confidently chart their own leadership paths across the enterprise and take inspired action.

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Excellent resource / great find

By Crossfitgator - Oct 09 2019
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Real world, practical insights from experienced CFO’s. Very helpful to get tangible examples. Feels tangible and real not book content.

Great show bringing together CFOs!

By BrieGF - Aug 11 2017
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This is a great show for CFOs who are leading businesses!

iTunes Ratings

75 Ratings
Average Ratings
60
5
5
3
2

Excellent resource / great find

By Crossfitgator - Oct 09 2019
Read more
Real world, practical insights from experienced CFO’s. Very helpful to get tangible examples. Feels tangible and real not book content.

Great show bringing together CFOs!

By BrieGF - Aug 11 2017
Read more
This is a great show for CFOs who are leading businesses!
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CFO Thought Leader

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CFO THOUGHT LEADER is a podcast featuring firsthand accounts of finance leaders who are driving change within their organizations.We share the career journey of our spotlighted CFO guest: What do they struggle with? How do they persevere? What makes them successful CFOs? CFO THOUGHT LEADER is all about inspiring finance professionals to take a leadership leap. We know that by hearing about the successes — (and yes, also the failures) — of others, today’s CFOs can more confidently chart their own leadership paths across the enterprise and take inspired action.

Rank #1: 373: The Five Traits of Effective Finance Executives | Bruce Hartman, CFO (emeritus), Foot Locker Inc

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Mar 11 2018

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Rank #2: 368: Making Management an Open Book

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Featuring CFO Thought Leaders

Few names are better known in the realm of multiplatform games than Unity Technologies. The software developer’s focus on “democratized game development” has primed the pump for independent game producers and led Unity to boast that its technology is already responsible for roughly 70 percent of virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. With few competitors in sight, Unity Technologies CFO Mike Foley says that the developer has begun to leverage a concept dubbed “radical transparency” that aspires to endow every employee with a generous look-see at the financials.

As a one-time IT systems engineer, Phong Le has a finance career whose early roots run deep inside the technology realm, where today he serves as CFO of MicroStrategy—one of the data world’s pioneering innovators. Join us to hear Phong explain how burgeoning data insights are summoning finance leaders to become the organizational catalyst for quicker business decision-making.

 Now access our FREE eBook “The Mentoring Round” featuring career insights from 25 of our CFO Thought Leaders: http://bit.ly/2Ga5Vfq

Feb 21 2018

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Rank #3: 245: Using Analytics to Explore a Company’s “What If” Questions | Ron Knutson, CFO, Lawson Products, Inc.

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Ron Knutson, CFO, Lawson Products, Inc. 

Sep 09 2016

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Rank #4: 232: Paul Auvil, CFO, Proofpoint

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Paul Auvil, CFO, Proofpoint

Jul 05 2016

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Rank #5: 542: Now See This: One CFO's Data Visualization Mantra | Tim Zue, CFO, Boston Red Sox

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­­­When it comes to guessing a person’s email address, most of us would agree that the best way to optimize your odds of success is to first assume that the person was using their actual name as part of the address. From there, your next decision arguably is whether to spell out the individual’s first name or use an initial for it.

For Tim Zue, the calculation behind one guess was a bit more nuanced because although the first name of the person he was emailing was Lawrence, the man was widely known as Larry. With little to lose, Zue addressed the email to LLucchino@redsox.com.

Sixteen years later, Zue is CFO of the Boston Red Sox, and his “initial decision” sticks with him perhaps as a reminder that every carefully built career contains serendipitous moments.

Still, the email that Boston Red Sox then-CEO Larry Lucchino received from Zue did not come from a career-minded controller or accountant, and it was not a job inquiry. At the time, Zue was teaching 8th-grade math in the Boston public school system, and with a summer break quickly approaching, he had a thought: “Hey, wouldn’t it be cool to work for the Boston Red Sox as an unpaid intern?”

Such a thought is not unlike one widely shared today by Zue’s CFO peers, but in this case, there’s one necessary modification: “Hey, wouldn’t it be cool to be CFO of the Boston Red Sox?”

Meanwhile, not wanting to overstate the rewards of a correctly addressed email, it’s probably worth mentioning here that Lucchino’s unpaid intern was an MIT graduate with a prior tour of duty at Bain & Company as a management consultant. –Jack Sweeney

Do you want to learn more about the experiences that shaped today’s finance leadership?

There’s no shortage of courses out there that promise to help you build a finance career. But the vast majority of these courses are taught by people who’ve never actually advanced into the CFO office.  The reason is pretty simple: CFOs are too busy helping to lead their companies to begin offering courses!  Subscribe to CFO Thought Leader Quarterly magazine or let us ship you our latest issue HERE

Oct 23 2019

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Rank #6: 483: Making FP&A a Road Map for the Business | Glynis Bryan, CFO, Insight Enterprises, Inc.

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There was a time when Glynis Bryan imagined herself someday retiring from Ryder System, Inc.—a company she entered as an intern and would later exit as a senior vice president. Along the way, she credits the transportation logistics giant with having exposed her to complex M&A transactions and innovative capital structures—two areas that she believes have made a hefty contribution to her post-Ryder success as a CFO. However, the Ryder experience she recalls most fondly was inside the FP&A function at what was her first destination on a finance career journey and one that has served her well at Insight Enterprises, Inc. There, shortly after being appointed CFO in 2007, she energized her team's FP&A ambitions and set a course that would forever transform the technology services company's notion of strategic finance. "I think of the FP&A function as being the road map within the finance function that helps each one of the senior leaders across the organization by supplying them with tools and actionable data that they can use to see where the business is going," she observes. Meanwhile, in 2012, Insight overhauled its internal systems, establishing a single platform from which to integrate acquisitions and satisfy its appetite for growth and helping the company to better unite its North American and Asia-Pacific operations. It's a platform that Bryan has gotten to know well as she routinely weighs the obstacles and advantages that future merger partners may bestow. 

NOW SUBSCRIBE: The Quarterly Digest of CFO Strategic Insight http://bit.ly/2Wfv291 (50 CFO Profiles Every Issue).

Apr 03 2019

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Rank #7: 319: The CFO as Driver of Efficiencies | Matt Monzo, CFO, Tri-M Group

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Aug 03 2017

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Rank #8: 496: Making Finance Your Company's Information Hub| Adam Meister, CFO, Talend

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A career stint inside the corporate development realm at Visa – quickly came to mind for CFO Adam Meister when asked about those experiences he believed shaped his CFO mindset. Characterizing his time at Visa as more “a detour” rather than a straight line along his career- building trajectory, Meister recalls the career chapter as one where he had few direct reports or underlings and yet was tasked with motivating a team.

“You learn a lot about how to motivate and mobilize a team from a position of collaboration – but without a lot of direct authority,” says Meister, who believes the experience parallels the challenges many CFOs face to day as they step beyond their traditional realm of influence to build new relationships across the enterprise.

“There’s a real power in how you lead by example and how you show value to business owners and peers by helping them look and understand the economics of a business,” says Meister.

NOW SUBSCRIBE: The Quarterly Digest of CFO Strategic Insight http://bit.ly/2Wfv291 (50 CFO Profiles Every Issue).

May 19 2019

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Rank #9: 355: When KPIs are Top of Mind | Four CFOs Tell Us Which Metrics Matter

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Now access our FREE eBook “The Mentoring Round” featuring career insights from 25 of our CFO Thought Leaders: https://mentoringround25cfos.gr8.com/

Jan 07 2018

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Rank #10: 248: Anatomy of a SaaS Finance Function | Chuck Best, Vice President Accounting Operations, BlackLine, Karen Gift, Vice President of Finance, BlackLine

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Sep 20 2016

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Rank #11: 290: The CFO Work Ethic: Six Finance Leaders Explain Why There is No Substitute for Hard Work

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Mar 13 2017

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Rank #12: 321.5 Afterpod | Brad Dickerson, CFO, Blue Apron

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A distinguished finance leader answers our question: When you entered the CFO office for the first time, what’s the one piece of advice you wish someone had given you?

Dickerson: As far as leadership goes, I keep coming back to self-awareness. Where are you going to add value in the organization and where are you not? Build around those to balance out the competencies you need in your group to be successful. The thought here is that weaknesses are not necessarily a bad thing, and the biggest strength is understanding what they are and building the right competencies and the right attributes around yourself so that you have the right balance around your team to be successful overall.

I also think that patience is very important. Patience to learn and develop. Put the time and energy into developing your skillset so that when you do become a CFO, you’re ready for it. Too often today, I think, people want to jump that learning curve a little bit, and they are very focused on taking on as much responsibility as possible. I’ve seen too many examples of people who have moved up the learning curve too quickly, and they didn’t appreciate the time required to develop and learn.”

Aug 13 2017

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Rank #13: 206: Tom Stewart, CFO, SecureAuth

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 Tom Stewart, CFO, SecureAuth

Feb 24 2016

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Rank #14: 510: One Last Thing | Six CFOs Share Insights from Transformation Chapters

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Jul 03 2019

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Rank #15: 436: Making "Try It & Track It" Your Finance Mindset | Bob Cruickshank, CFO, ezCater

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NOW SUBSCRIBE: The Quarterly Digest of CFO Strategic Insight http://bit.ly/2Wfv291 (50 CFO Profiles Every Issue).

Oct 23 2018

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Rank #16: 301: More Scalable , More Profitable, More Valuable | Lynn Atchison, CFO, Spredfast

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Apr 28 2017

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Rank #17: 205: Erik Wissig, CFO, Hixme

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 Erik Wissig, CFO, Hixme

Feb 19 2016

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Rank #18: 347: When Opportunity Knocked |(Part 1) Roy Austin, CFO (emeritus) D.J. Powers Company

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Nov 29 2017

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Rank #19: 228: Dan Crumb, CFO , Kansas City Chiefs

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Jun 18 2016

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Rank #20: 309: Keeping Watch on Your KPIs | Five CFOs Identify Their Metrics of Choice

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Marc Elliot, CFO, Corrigan Moving Systems

Alan Haughey CFO ServiceMaster

Dave Cone CFO, Taylor Morrison

Peter Kiviakidis, CFO, Squarespace

Rick Phegley CFO,  Smart & Final

Jun 08 2017

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