Bonus Episode 76: SMART Goal Planning for Finance Leaders
The Finance Leader Podcast
by Stephen McLain
20h ago
Please download the Goal Setting Workbook that follows this episode: here Imagine seizing opportunities as they arise, armed with a growth mindset that turns challenges into stepping stones for success. That's what we're unpacking today—how to nurture the mindset and habits that will steer us toward our most ambitious goals for the year. We'll revisit the SMART method, aligning our career and personal aspirations, even as life’s curveballs come our way. By maintaining focus and staying accountable, we're setting the stage for a year of unparalleled achievements. So, subscribe, share, and join ..read more
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Bonus Episode 75: Leading with Accountability: A Call to Action for Finance Professionals
The Finance Leader Podcast
by Stephen McLain
1w ago
In this episode, we're examining the transformative power of intense accountability in the realm of finance and accounting careers. We'll delve into how owning your mindset, setting clear goals, and establishing a chain of accountability can catapult you out of your comfort zone and propel you towards success. We'll explore the fine line between making excuses and owning up to failures, and how the right mindset can encourage us to take more risks, essential for a thriving career. We'll also touch upon the concept of professional conduct and the role of accountability within our professional ..read more
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Lessons in Strategic Communication for Finance Professionals
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by Stephen McLain
1M ago
Embark on a journey through the treacherous terrain of strategic messaging as we dissect the recent communication blunders of Kellogg's and Wendy's. It's a perilous world out there for finance and accounting leaders tasked with navigating their company's external narratives – one wrong word could spell disaster for your brand's reputation. In this episode, we delve into why empathy and understanding the economic pulse of your audience is not just important, but critical for those speaking on behalf of their company. Discover key concepts and actionable guidance to bulletproof your public commu ..read more
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The Vital Role of Character and Ethics in Finance Leadership
The Finance Leader Podcast
by Stephen McLain
1M ago
Have you ever stopped to consider the gravity of your role as a finance or accounting professional? We're the guardians of our organizations' critical resources, the moral compass guiding our teams, and the defenders of ethical conduct. In this thought-provoking episode of the Finance Leader Podcast, we explore the significance of character and integrity in our field. We delve into the crucial expectations of high ethics, the importance of trustworthiness, and the vital systems of internal controls acting as safeguards against misuse of assets. As we challenge conventional wisdom, we pose the ..read more
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A Deep Dive into Leadership and Excellence for Finance and Accounting Professionals
The Finance Leader Podcast
by Stephen McLain
1M ago
We kick off by shedding light on how cultivating leadership qualities can propel your career ahead while catalyzing remarkable transformations in your team and the broader organization. We delve deep into the strategy of excellence, putting a spotlight on the power of clear communication, high expectations, and accountability. We also underscore the significance of trust, character, integrity, and equality in creating an environment that breeds excellence. Episode outline: What does achieving excellence mean, Why developing your leadership will propel your career, and How you can make a posi ..read more
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Uniting Individuals with Leadership: A Discussion on Improving Team Performance
The Finance Leader Podcast
by Stephen McLain
1M ago
Ready to transform a group of individuals into a powerhouse team? Joins us as we share invaluable strategies that will elevate your team's performance to unprecedented heights. By harnessing the synergy of trust, communication, and fair play, we illustrate how leaders can foster an environment ripe for growth, innovation, and collective achievement. This episode is a treasure trove of actionable advice, revealing the secrets to creating a cohesive and dynamic team. We bridge the gap between individual potential and collaborative success with Stephen's guidance, leaving behind the perils of mi ..read more
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Unlocking Finance Agility and Digital Transformation in Today's Unpredictable Business Environment
The Finance Leader Podcast
by Stephen McLain
1M ago
Does your organization have the ability to overcome a crisis or overcome rapidly changing business and economic conditions? Is decision making lagging due to financial systems that cannot adapt or because of legacy processes that don’t support change? Being agile means, you can quickly assess and adapt to rapidly changing conditions. Sometimes this lies in processes, but often it can be with leaders who are not able to see change indicators which also means that you may not be measuring for changing conditions. Episode outline: How finance agility and digital transformation gives you more fl ..read more
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Embrace Intense Accountability: Transform Your Finance and Accounting Career
The Finance Leader Podcast
by Stephen McLain
1M ago
 In this episode, we're examining the transformative power of intense accountability in the realm of finance and accounting careers. We'll delve into how owning your mindset, setting clear goals, and establishing a chain of accountability can catapult you out of your comfort zone and propel you towards success. We'll explore the fine line between making excuses and owning up to failures, and how the right mindset can encourage us to take more risks, essential for a thriving career. We'll also touch upon the concept of professional conduct and the role of accountability within our profess ..read more
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Elevate Your Career Potential as a Treasury Manager: Key Responsibilities, Skills, and Certifications
The Finance Leader Podcast
by Stephen McLain
1M ago
Looking to level up from a finance professional to a Treasury Manager?  We lay out the key tasks of a Treasury Manager, from cash management and forecasting to compliance, and explore the impact of banking relationships on business operations. Tune in as we dissect the importance of cash position and the growth opportunities within this role. Episode outline:  Key responsibilities and tasks of the Treasury function, What this role means for the organization, and  How this role can be an opportunity for you.  Certifications: Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) from the ..read more
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Stay Curious to Grow Your Potential as a Finance Leader
The Finance Leader Podcast
by Stephen McLain
1M ago
What drives you to achieve excellence? To achieve your BEST every day? Learning is a big part of our journey in achieving excellence, so what helps you to stay motivated to learn and grow? I believe we must stay curious and be curious to continue to develop and improve each day. Our learning approach helps to expand our capacity AND our potential. Stay and be curious in our profession so you learn new skills and new ways to lead your team and organization to more positive outcomes. Train yourself to be curious, which can lead to more opportunities to advance. Episode outline: Our curiosity l ..read more
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