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5 Simple Changes To Make You A Better Business Partner

The role of the functional professional is changing. These days more are more of them are taking on the role of business partner. What’s clear is that different organisations are at different stages in implementing the business partnering approach, especially in finance. As a business partner you will no doubt aspire to do the best job you can […]

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What Helps and What Hinders Your Ability To Influence As A Finance Business Partner

The role of the Finance Business Partner is sometimes misunderstood. I’ve seen job descriptions where finance business partnering is spoken about a lot. But in reality the role is nowhere close to being that of a Finance Business Partner. For me a true Finance Business Partner is someone who is in many respects like the Finance Director for […]

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The Most Important Thing You Can Do To Be A Better Business Partner

What’s the number one thing you can do to be a better finance business partner? From my perspective and from talking to literally hundreds of people in workshops, the one thing that’s going to make the biggest difference to you being a more effective business partner is to spend more time out in the business. Understanding the […]

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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 Be More Confident In Board Meetings As A Finance Business Partner

Many management accountants make the step up to Finance Business Partner. In the role of Finance Business Partner you have a much wider remit. You have the chance to make a bigger impact. All well and good you might think. There is of course challenges too. One of these is confidence. What I’ve noticed over the years is that Finance Business […]

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Do You Report On The Cost of Non Conformance As A Finance Business Partner?

Many organisations are facing really challenging times right now. And it looks like this will be the way it is for quite a while. When faced with tough times, the use of resources becomes even more important. I remember back in the early 90’s getting trained in quality when working in a credit card company. At that time it […]

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Working Effectively Across The Business As A Business Partner

Business partnering is common now for many accountants and other functional professionals. A key element in your success is the ability to working with others across the wider organisation. Conceptually many understand this. But how do you do this in practice. I offer some quick tips in the video above. Looking to be a better business partner?  Sign up below […]

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