CFO Strategy & Leadership Programme

5 days 27-31 Mar 2017, London UK £5,275.00 + VAT* Download brochure Add to basket
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Overview

The CFO Leadership Programme is designed to develop the leadership and wider business expertise required of today’s and tomorrow’s high-performing CFOs.

Finance Directors frequently progress from being a controller and a good accountant or treasurer into a new role where they are expected to participate in developing strategy, manage a group and exercise leadership as well as keeping on top of the numbers. The CFO Leadership Programme has been designed by a former Finance Director with global responsibility as well as considerable management development expertise for Finance Directors and aspiring Finance Directors to address those issues that move from technical expertise to the less structured issues of strategic development as well as leadership. A key aspect is the use of two professional psychometric tools which allow participants to understand their leadership style and how to understand the preferences of their teams and senior colleagues.

A range of strategic models are introduced, using a number of cases and then supported by debate using the real life experience of those on the course. You will understand how to choose performance measures and communicate them to non-financial colleagues to guide your organisation in a transformation program that creates value through the alignment of finance capabilities with corporate strategy.

Attend this high-level 5-day course and learn key skills to:

  • Lead the finance function to be a partner to the business
  • Linking financial objectives and performance measures to business strategy
  • Understand  your leadership style and link this to financial objectives
  • Evaluate the practical implications of investment decisions and acquisitions
  • Build and lead a high performance finance team
  • Evaluate a deeper insight into how the business model translates into the accounting numbers
  • Meet the different objectives of investors and funders
  • Drive innovation and lead cultural change
  • Lead organisational transformation

Teaching Methodology

The teaching methodology used on this course combines formal theoretical instruction with frequent use of exercises and case studies. In addition, two psychometric tools will also be provided. There will be opportunity for debate within the group on their own experience led by the instructor and so to learn from each other’s experience. There will be ample time for group discussion with the tutors as most senior managers learn best from their own context and experience. The course is intended to be practical and interactive, with delegates encouraged to ask questions. Each day will allow participants some time to apply the material introduced during the day to their own business, with support from the tutor.

 

Who should attend

This course has been specifically designed for the benefit of:

Finance Directors and senior financial executives looking to become Finance Directors who will often have had a technical background as controllers, treasurers or other professional disciplines who are looking to understand the wider business and leadership context with a need to influence their organisation and move it forward. Yes CFOs are also leaders and need to understand their own leadership style and how they can be most effective. The course will develop strategic understanding and awareness as well as exploring how Finance Directors can influence and lead the business whilst maintaining the key aspects of financial reporting and control.

Instructors

We work with a series of expert instructors, please select the course location of interest to review the credentials of who will be delivering the programme.

London
CFO Strategy & Leadership Programme Instructor-Lance Moir, Guest - Dr Jacquie Drake

Course Instructor

The Course Instructor has over 30 years’ financial experience as CFO, Corporate Financier and Treasurer in international companies. He had been CFO of WIN plc and Executive Director of IMImobile, Group Finance Director of First Choice Holidays PLC, Director of Corporate Finance at Bass PLC and Head of Corporate Finance and Strategy at Storehouse PLC. He currently has a portfolio career as an adviser, Non Executive Director and management educator. He is a Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management, where he was on the full time faculty, and is a Non Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Henderson Global Trust PLC.


Guest Speaker

The Guest Speaker has been a faculty member at Cranfield School of Management in the UK for over 25 years, where she founded and led the Praxis Centre for leadership development, and is now a Visiting Fellow. She is also visiting faculty at the Mannheim Business School, Germany, and Professor of Communications at the Cyprus International Institute of Management.
In parallel with her academic work, she has over 20 years’ experience consulting internationally to a wide range of organisations and individuals in the business world speaking at conferences, delivering leadership development courses and workshops, facilitating senior level off-site strategy meetings and team-builds, and undertaking individual mentoring and coaching at Director level.

Venue

London

Central London Hotel Venue

All courses are held at four or five star venues in Central London, Zone 1. We strive to provide you with a training environment of the highest quality, to ensure that the whole learning experience exceeds your expectations.

Your training venue will be confirmed by one of our course administrators approximately 3-4 weeks before the course start date.

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Do you have five or more people interested in attending this course? Do you want to tailor it to meet your company's exact requirements? If you'd like to do either of these, we can bring this course to your company's office. You could even save up to 50% on the cost of sending delegates to a public course.

To find out more about running this course in-house:





Our Tailored Learning Offering

If you want to run this course at a location convenient to you or if you want a completely customised learning solution, we can help.

We produce learning solutions that are completely unique to your business. We'll guide you through the whole process, from the initial consultancy to evaluating the success of the full learning experience. Our learning specialists ensure you get the maximum return on your training investment.



We can offer any of our public courses delivered at your office or we can devise completely tailored solutions:


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Agenda

Day 1

The CFO as a Leader – Setting the Parameters

You: The Evolving CFO

The programme begins with participants introducing themselves, their expectations and objectives. Focused on the individual participant, this initial session will explore:

  • The scope of the CFO responsibilities
  • Your strategic and leadership skill sets
  • Your career aspirations as a CFO

Setting the Scene – What does the Modern CFO Do and how do You Spend your Time?

  • Controller
  • Strategic consideration
  • Setting the tone
  • Governance
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Investor relations
  • What are the issues?

Case Study: Home Depot
Exploring the issues that CFOs face during a time of change

Setting Financial Objectives– Key Financial Issues

  • Shareholder value
  • Setting financial objectives
  • Capital structure
  • Economic value added
  • Need for growth
  • Organisational issues

Choosing Financial Measures

  • Using the Performance Prism
  • Shareholder Value metrics
  • Using the balanced scorecard

Behavioural Finance and Personal Bias

  • Understanding bias in financial data

  • The risks of believing the numbers
  • The risks of sales forecasts
  • The problem of too much cost control

Day 2

The Strategic Context – What are the Organisation’s Objectives?

Introduction to Strategy

  • Where does strategy come from?
  • The purpose of the firm
  • Levels of strategy – corporate, business unit and operational
  • Determinants of strategy
  • Sources of data

Designing and Implementing Strategy

  • Analytic tools and techniques to design and build the strategy
  • Integrating financial strategy into current operational plans and priorities
  • Influencing, formulating and implementing strategy

Designing Strategy – Strategy from the Outside

  • Introduction to industrial economic value of strategy
  • PESTEL analysis
  • Porter’s five force model
  • Supply chain analysis

Case Study: The European Brewery Industry
Applying the tools of competitive strategy to an industry

Designing Strategy – Strategy from the Inside

  • Resource based theory
  • VRIN model
  • Strategic assets
  • Implications for strategy

Linking Financial Objectives to Organisational Strategy

Aligning Strategies

  • Introduction to value drivers
  • Need for sustainable competitive advantage
  • Identifying sources of competitive advantage

Public Share Markets and Share Prices

  • Linking financial performance to share prices
  • Understanding fundamental value
  • The difference between firm performance and share price performance
  • The role of stock market analysts

Case Study: Royal Mail Group: Reviewing share price and analyst report to determine strategy

Day 3

Personal Style: Understanding Yourself

Personal Style

  • Who am I?
  • Decision Profile analysis – understanding the dimensions of risk, luck, decisiveness and intuition

Personal Style and Managing Others

  • The Myers-Briggs type indicator and managing different styles
  • The Transformational CFO: Leading Change

Day 4

Personal Style, Leadership and Culture

The Transformational CFO

  • Building sustainable leadership
  • Building individual leadership capacity through self- awareness
  • Becoming more reflective about leadership and how it works
  • Changing the way the organisation thinks about leadership

Organisational Culture

  • Culture web

Building and Leading a High-Performing Finance Team

  • Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of your team
  • Developing, influencing and motivating individuals
  • Managing dynamics to ensure that your team is working at their peak performance

Day 5

The CFO as a Leader and Business Partner

Leading through Successful Change

  • Analysing the impact of change on people and the organisation
  • How your personal change style impacts your approach to leadership of change
  • Supporting people through change
  • Overcoming conflicts and chaos situations

Strategic Communication

  • Investor relations strategy
  • Designing the message externally and internally

Case Study: Kuehne and Nagel

  • Managing internal messages
  • Preparation for own personal strategic plan

 Course summary and close

 

Why us


We have a combined experience of over 60 years providing learning solutions to the world’s major organisations and are privileged to have contributed to their success. We view our clients as partners and focus on understanding the needs of each organisation we work with to tailor learning solutions to specific requirements.

We are proud of our record of customer satisfaction. Here is why you should choose us to help you achieve your goals and accelerate your career:

  • Quality – our clients consistently rate our performance ‘excellent’ or ‘outstanding’. Our average overall score awarded to us by our clients is nine out of ten.
  • Track record – we have delivered training solutions for 95% of worlds’ top 100 banks and have trained over 250,000 professionals.
  • Knowledge – our 150 strong team of industry specialist trainers are world leading financial leaders and commentators, ensuring our knowledge base is second to none.
  • Reliability – if we promise it, we deliver it. We have delivered over 20,000 events both in person and online, using simultaneous translation to delegates from over 180 countries.
  • Recognition – we are accredited by the British Accreditation Council and the CPD Certification Service. In an independent review by Feefo we scored 96% on service and 95% on product