CFO Survival Guide: Plotting the Course to Financial Leadership / Edition 1 by Catherine Stenzel, Joe Stenzel | | 9780471269144 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
CFO Survival Guide: Plotting the Course to Financial Leadership / Edition 1

CFO Survival Guide: Plotting the Course to Financial Leadership / Edition 1

by Catherine Stenzel, Joe Stenzel
     
 

ISBN-10: 047126914X

ISBN-13: 9780471269144

Pub. Date: 02/04/2004

Publisher: Wiley

"The CFO and finance practitioners need to acquire and apply a new set of competencies and skill sets. Being technically proficient is still of paramount importance, but it is not nearly enough. In the CFO Survival Guide, the Stenzels clearly detail the new requisites."
–From the Foreword by David L. Shedlarz

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Overview

"The CFO and finance practitioners need to acquire and apply a new set of competencies and skill sets. Being technically proficient is still of paramount importance, but it is not nearly enough. In the CFO Survival Guide, the Stenzels clearly detail the new requisites."
–From the Foreword by David L. Shedlarz

You’re already a technical expert in accounting, and probably finance, or you wouldn’t occupy (or be aiming for) the CFO chair. However, accounting experts now acknowledge that technical competency alone isn’t enough to be competitive. You need more to stand out in the field.

The CFO Survival Guide helps you become a superior financial officer by assisting you in better understanding your relationships with your CEO, peer executives, staff, and other people who make up an organization at large, including its customers, suppliers, and community constituents.

From financial reporter to financial leader and visionary, CFOs must wear many hats. In the CFO Survival Guide, practical, sensible coverage explains the new role of the CFO in the post—Sarbanes-Oxley era, outlining why short-term, numbers-oriented goals are limiting and how focusing on the people and processes within a company can ensure long-term growth.

Helpful material demonstrates how to shore up weaknesses and maximize strengths through self-assessment checklists and practical examples that illustrate key points on:

  • How a CFO moves from risk-averse follower to proactive leader, from control orientation to fellow-learner, and from focusing on cost to cost-value
  • What CEOs really expect from their CFOs
  • The skills and competencies required to succeed as a CFO
  • What it means for a CFO to lead from the finance function in value creation
  • How to lead and shape change rather than reacting to and tracking it

Through a diligent and enlightening examination of progressive concepts related to human development, leadership, ethical behavior, and interdependent relationships, the CFO Survival Guide assists financial professionals in facilitating organizational success by precisely identifying leadership competencies and articulating unambiguous, fundamental ethical values based on principles of human well-being, accountability, and integrity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471269144
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/04/2004
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface: Being the One Who Counts.

Acknowledgments.

Executive Summary.

About the Web Site.

Chapter 1. The Profession and the Reality.

An Account of the Profession.

Who We Are.

Who We Are Becoming.

Being the One Who Counts: Underlying Assumptions.

Accountability Requires Maturity.

Transparency, Learning, and Meaning.

Numerical Realities and Other Oxymorons.

Cost, Spending, and Other Inequalities.

Value Anyone?

Notes.

Chapter 2. Development: The Science of Becoming.

The Science of Becoming.

Development Essentials.

Moral Development.

Psychosocial Development.

The Natural Human Maturity Sequence: Learn, Experience, Develop.

Learn Skills.

Experiential Knowledge.

CFO Technical Skill and Management Experience Assessment.

Notes.

Chapter 3. In the Company of the CFO: Maturity, Leadership Competency Development, and Workplace Applications.

CFO Maturity—Essence and Function.

Developing Professional Maturity and Leadership Competencies.

Applying Awareness: Self-Management and Relationship Management.

Leadership Competencies—Finding Them and Keeping Them.

People, Their Organizations, and Their Work Environments.

In the Heart of the Helix.

Notes.

Chapter 4. Working with the Accounting/Finance Function.

Forging Functional Identity.

Replace Yourself.

Assessing Current Conditions.

A Guide to the AFF Readiness Diagnostic.

Using the Diagnostic.

General Business: Process Improvement.

General Business: Performance Measurement and Management.

Cost Management: Cost Accounting System.

Financial Accounting: Month-End Close and Income Statement.

Triple Helix and Psychosocial Development at Work in the AFF.

Running the AFF.

Notes.

Chapter 5. Working Governance: Leadership Maturity in Action.

Corporate History Cliff Notes.

Olympian Executives.

Governance.

The Five Interdependent Governance Alliances.

Assessing Organizational Governance Maturity.

First Governance Alliance: The CEO-CFO.

The Second Governance Alliance: The CFO and Executive Counsel.

Degrees of Separation: The Third, Fourth, and Fifth Governance Alliances.

Notes.

Chapter 6. Working.

The CFO at Large.

Sustainability in Natural Systems.

Enter the CFO: Step One to a Democratic Workplace.

Work in Process—Steps Two and Three Toward a Democratic Workplace.

Workforce Readiness.

CFO, Gatekeeper of the Public Good: The Fourth Step to a Democratic Workplace.

The Representative CFO in the Democratic Workplace—Step Five.

Wealth Distribution: Steps Six and Seven in the Democratic Workplace.

Survival Patterns.

Notes.

Index.

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