10 Practical Actions To Get You Moving Forward In Your Career No Matter Where You Are Right Now

As an accountant or professional you have the potential to achieve success in your career. But maybe it’s just not happening for you. If this is the case it can be frustrating.  You might feel a bit disillusioned. Worst still you might feel like giving up and accepting that you were not cut out for career success. In this […]

Continue reading

Job Interview Presentation | 3 Steps To Planning Your Job Interview Presentation

Hi it’s Duncan Brodie here from Goals and Achievements. In this video, I want to talk about the three steps in planning your job interview presentation. Now a job interview presentation, like any presentation, does require planning and it’s often a step that many skip over or don’t spend enough time on. So the first step in your […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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.  […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading