All posts by Duncan Brodie

Job Interviews | Handling Nerves When Doing A Job Interview Presentation

Hi it’s Duncan Brodie here from Goals and Achievements. In this video, I want to talk a little bit about handling nerves when you’re doing a job interview presentation. Now, I think we’d all agree that presentations, particularly when the stakes feel a little higher, are always a wee bit of a challenge. We’re always going to be […]

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Job Interviews | 4 Reasons Why Employers Use Job Interview Presentations

Hi, Duncan Brodie here from Goals and Achievements. In this video, I want to explore the four reasons why employers use job interview presentations as part of the selection process. The first reason is to see if you can take a whole host of information or potentially a big topic and organise your thoughts in a very […]

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Focus On Your Role As A Finance Business Partner

The Finance Business Partner model is being implemented by many organisations. The aim is to create a role where the focus is more on working with the business to support the delivery of business results. In reality the Finance Business Partner is pretty broad and includes:Providing the expert advice.Facilitating discussions, decisions and actions.Influencing strategy.Bringing insight.Contributing way beyond […]

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Making The Right Interventions As A Finance Business Partner

As a finance business partner you wear many hats and play many roles. A lot of your time the focus is on adding more value. Whether that’s through insight, advice or influence. From time to time you have to switch to the stewardship role. Thinking not just about the areas that you support but the wider organisational interests. Considering the […]

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What Does It Mean To Constructively Challenge As A Finance Business Partner

Finance business partnering roles are becoming more and more common. If you are a finance business partner you have the opportunity to do a much broader role. To influence and shape strategy.  To bring insights that help with decision making.  To contribute more to business success. Then there is the other side of the role.  The critical friend.  […]

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How Effective Are You As Finance Business Partner?

Finance has evolved a lot in the 40 years since I started out in accounting. Back then engagement between Finance and the rest of the organisation was minimal. Now Finance Business Partnering is becoming more and more common. Not just in big organisations but in smaller growing organisations.  Indeed some might say that those working in smaller organisations […]

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How To Constructively Challenge While Maintaining Great Relationships As A Business Partner

The business partner role is expanding in most functional professions, including Finance, IT, HR and Procurement. Most in business partnering roles love the focus on adding more value and being part of shaping success. Of course there’s the other side of business partnering. This when you have to challenge, push back and say things that might not be […]

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4 Indicators That You Are On The Right Track As A Business Partner

In Finance and other functional professions like IT, HR and Procurement, business partnering is becoming more common. The idea behind business partnering is that your role changes. Less time is spent on routine activities and more is spent on added value activities. What this might mean on a practical level is that:Finance partners play a bigger role in […]

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One Of The Most Important Questions Leaders Can Ask

2020 has shown us just how quickly things can change. Many businesses were going along, doing okay and then COVID-19 hit. As is always the case, there were winners and losers. Technology became an even more critical part of life and business. I’ve even heard people say that technology they have been trying to get people to buy in […]

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How To Talk About Your Career Achievements Authentically In Job Interviews

If you are an accountant or professional, chances are you are highly committed. You do great work because that’s what’s expected. You don’t think that what you are doing is anything out of the ordinary. You are just doing your job after all, right? Here’s the problem A job interview is competitive. There’s one job and several candidates. And a sad but […]

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