What makes a good CFO?

How to upgrade your finance leadership style

CFOs are plagued with uncertainty and time constraints

The pace of change is fast, organizations are becoming more complex and CFOs are finding themselves in increasingly unfamiliar situations, forced to write the playbook on what makes a great CFO as they go. 

Business managers will continue to pull the same levers and push the same buttons; if you believe that the future looks different than the past, then different actions are required. I dedicate time to arrive at my own conclusions.

EVP & CFO at a Major Retailer

Great CFOs allocate time and personal capital to drive change

Our insights into what makes a good CFO — based on an analysis of 100+ CFOs — can help you make better decisions more consistently and enable your organization to more rapidly implement major change initiatives. Use our tools to measure stakeholder perceptions, as well as success, against the organization’s change initiatives.

Influence with the CEO is what makes a great CFO

While 80% of CFOs have strong relationships with the CEO, only 30% of CFOs frequently change their CEO’s mind on major issues. What differentiates a great CFO’s relationship with the CEO?

How do great CFOs spend their time?

CFO time allocation decisions have a high opportunity cost. Learn how to determine where to spend your time for maximum impact.

How to build a successful strategic plan for finance

Don’t complete your annual strategic plan without our step-by-step guidance. We provide a template for putting your strategy on a page, which helps you save time and communicate the plan effectively.

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