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Financial Management (FM) magazine
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October 30, 2020 07:26 AM PDT

COVID-19 has reinforced the importance of adaptability for Jo Hunter, ACMA, CGMA. She has been living that lesson for much of 2020. Hunter works part time in a finance role with GlaxoSmithKline. She also plays forward for Great Britain’s national team in field hockey. Team GB is the reigning Olympic champion from 2016, but its quest to win a second consecutive gold medal was put on hold last spring when the Olympics in Tokyo were postponed to 2021. Hunter discusses modified strength training at home, how accountant training has helped her look at tasks objectively, and how life in the pandemic has given her an understanding of “being present” that she previously lacked.

October 22, 2020 03:27 AM PDT

Even without the disruption of COVID-19, budgeting and forecasting for the year ahead are challenging tasks requiring months of back-and-forth negotiations between departments and senior management. Prabhu Sivabalan, professor of accounting at the UTS Business School in Sydney, who has spent years researching budgeting, talks about the problem with using budgets for performance evaluation and suggests quick wins to improve budgeting this planning season.

September 16, 2020 10:33 AM PDT

CIMA President Nick Jackson, FCMA, CGMA, is a strong advocate for responsible business. The theme for his presidential year is “responsible financial leadership”, and in this episode he shares how businesses can go beyond shareholder considerations and adopt a sustainable, multi-stakeholder approach to value creation.

What you’ll learn from this episode:

- Jackson’s commitment to public service and performance management.

- Why his “responsible financial leadership” presidential theme is relevant now.

- The value of an ethical approach to business supply chains.

- How COVID-19 has truncated planning horizons.

- Tools to enable finance leaders to prepare for future disruption.

September 08, 2020 02:51 PM PDT

In this interview recorded before COVID-19 had fully taken hold, Heather Baxter, ACMA, CGMA, administrative director at the Royal Ballet in London, describes the company’s funding model and complex multi-season budgeting process. She also gives advice for management accountants on developing careers in the arts that are interesting if sometimes nonlinear.

What you’ll learn from this episode:

- About the Royal Ballet’s changing funding model.

- How its multi-season budgeting process works.

- The impact of Brexit on the company.

- When a sideways move can advance your career for the long term.

- How management accountants can develop careers in the arts.

August 04, 2020 02:04 PM PDT

The remote work revolution has been accelerated dramatically as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. How our work environments look in the next year remains unsettled, but some changes are already evident.

Career expert and author Rhymer Rigby, a regular contributor to FM, offers advice for workers who no longer commute to an office, wonders why video meetings now seem to be a communication default, and shares some key elements of employability for today’s professional.

July 14, 2020 09:01 AM PDT

Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, chief executive–Management Accounting at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, reacts to the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Summer Economic Update and describes UK advocacy efforts on behalf of Association members.

What you’ll learn from this episode:

- Details of the 20 recovery suggestions that CIMA presented to the UK government.

- The suggestions taken up by the Chancellor in his 8 July Summer Economic Update.

- Why CIMA is calling for the apprenticeship levy to encompass existing workers’ skills.

- The success of the Association’s advocacy efforts during the pandemic.

- How management accountants are leading the business recovery.

July 08, 2020 03:02 AM PDT

Loretta Outhwaite, FCMA, CGMA, a director and CFO with a particular interest in wellbeing, shares tactics leaders and managers can use to better support employees in these turbulent times.

What you’ll learn from this episode:

- The way people cope with uncertainty and stress differs from person to person, but there are ways managers can spot the signs that an employee or colleague may be suffering.

- How to build a resilient, high-performing organisational culture where staff feels comfortable sharing concerns.

- Critical steps leaders and managers must take to support wellbeing and team members who are finding it hard to cope.

- Each furloughed employee returning to work is an opportunity for an organisation to learn, adapt, and prepare for the future.

June 29, 2020 05:17 AM PDT

Whether you are making a big speech as a CFO or having a one-to-one business conversation, there are simple ways to ensure your message is heard, says speechwriter, author, and TEDx speaker Simon Lancaster.

What you’ll learn from this episode:

- How you can enhance your communication by “painting pictures”.

- Why the use of metaphors is so powerful.

- The “rule of three” and why it is effective in speech.

- Ways to better engage with a videoconference audience.

- How the language of money is changing.

June 10, 2020 03:59 AM PDT

Many organisations have had to rethink their business continuity plans in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic — if they had a plan to begin with. Cecilia Locati, FCMA, CGMA, the founder of consulting company Internal Control Toolbox, has worked with organisations of many types, and she shares where they fall on the spectrum between “no plan” and “world-class plan”. She describes the key traits of a strong plan, the human obstacles to such plans, and more in this episode.

What you’ll learn from this episode:

- What a business continuity plan should include.

- The obstacles companies face in carrying out a business continuity plan.

- The importance of being generic and specific at the same time in putting together a business continuity plan.

- How human biases sometimes get in the way of strong planning.

May 22, 2020 04:35 AM PDT

CIMA President Amal Ratnayake, FCMA, CGMA, who is also CFO of the Official Community Corporation in Canada, and Sherin Cader, CFO of the financial services industry group and executive vice-president at John Keells Holdings Plc in Sri Lanka, discuss the skills and experience needed to become a trusted and effective CFO.

What you’ll learn from this episode:

- How the scope of the CFO’s role has expanded.

- What CFOs are doing to lead businesses through the coronavirus crisis.

- Why CFOs need to communicate regularly with remote teams.

- The importance of being an ethical leader to build loyalty and productivity.

- The value of gaining experience in multiple businesses.

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