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Finance and Accounting Professionals Leadership Toolkit

Primus Hotel Sydney

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In the current business environment where agility is a necessity, and many traditional opportunities for competitive advantage have disappeared, organisations are expecting more from their Finance teams than ever before. In order to meet the challenges presented by this dynamic business environment, Finance professionals must rapidly evolve their skill-sets, pursue a renewed focus on performance and value creation and have a firm grasp on what it means to be a true business partner. Leadership skills are pivotal in making this transformation a reality.
Professionals from highly technical backgrounds like finance and accounting usually advance in their careers on the merits of their specialised knowledge and skills. Finance professionals who are transitioning, require strong financial acumen that integrates traditional principles of finance management with robust tools and analytical techniques. People management and leadership is often not on the radar or even a consideration early in their career. High potential finance professionals will exhibit a unique combination of hard and soft skills which extend beyond the traditional boundaries of the Finance skill-set.
Finance leaders must possess the ability to drive strategic change, communicate and influence at a top level and inspire transformation across the enterprise – from the shop floor to the boardroom. In order to progress and break through to the next level, accountants and finance professionals need shift their focus to ensure leadership and people management skills are on their development radar. Refining these skills will ultimately increase the opportunities to acquire higher level roles.
Based on extensive experience, this ground-breaking program will enhance the leadership and strategic capabilities of participants in making the transition from technical specialist to a leader in finance. This course has been designed to support participants through discovery of how to do more with less, explore the theory of working smarter and not harder, and ultimately how to become transformational leaders who can position Finance to effectively partner with the business to unlock value and enhance business performance. Participants will come to understand the attributes of transformational leaders, how to overcome common causes of leadership failure, gain mechanisms for leading under pressure and learn high-level communication skills to assist in managing change and dealing with difficult situations and people. Participants will have the opportunity to network with other emerging leaders and take away the tools required to enhance effectiveness and impact as a key decision-maker and agent of change.
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• Develop the key attributes and capabilities of a next generation Finance leader
• Establish different communication channels that will enhance the sharing of financial skills and knowledge
• Strengthen relationships and position finance as a valued partner within the business
• Benchmark your Finance function against global best practice to provide insights for improvement and aid the decision making process
• Harness the increasing demands of the business upon the finance function
• Gain a roadmap for the successful transition from technical or operational management to senior leadership
• Recognise the attributes of transformational leaders and common causes of leadership derailment
• Understand the emerging techniques of business analytics
• Consider how we react to challenging job demands and the effect on decision-making and leadership behaviour
• Take away a personal action plan for enhanced leadership performance and effectiveness
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Any Finance professional wanting to create or be a part of or
create a World Class Finance team cannot afford to miss this
unique event! Participants will include:

Finance Manager / Executive
• Financial Controller / CFO / Finance Director
• Accountants / Management Accountant
• Finance Officer
• Analysts
• Budgeting Specialists
• Forecasting
• Business Planning

16 January 2017

09:00 - 16:30


Day One: Developing skills to aid in the Transition from Technical Finance Specialist to Senior Finance Leader

Understanding the Transition from Technical Manager to Senior Executive
  • The leadership pipeline: Critical transitions that successful leaders make
  • Understanding the differences between technical management and people leadership
  • The attributes of transformational leaders
Assessing Executive Potential
  • How to assess the potential for successful leadership under challenging conditions
  • Practical exercise around assessing executive potential
The Transformational Leader’s Toolkit: Dealing with the Challenges of Senior Leadership
  • Understanding how you react to pressure
  • A framework for developing self-regulation (CALMTM)
  • How to manage competing priorities
Group discussion
  • Individual feedback on your executive potential and group exercise understanding the challenges of senior leadership
The Transformational Leader’s Toolkit: Leading People under Pressure
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • Conflict handling strategies
  • The manager as ‘on-the-job’ coach
  • Communicating change to employees
  • Achieving improved leadership performance - Your personal action plan
Michael Collins - Managing Partner

17 January 2017

09:00 - 04:30


Day Two: Finance Leadership and Transitioning into a World Class Finance Function

Strategic Performance Management: The Broadening Scope of the Finance Function
  • Transitioning finance from a compliance and control orientation to a performance and value focus
  • Understanding the importance of linking strategy to budgeting and forecasting
  • Recognising the relationship between finance and risk management: Increasing requirements
  • Discuss performance management models and their key drivers for success in your organisation
  • Effectively engaging with senior leadership to demonstrate the strategic value of the finance function
The Enabling Platforms for Transforming Finance into a Strategic Business Function
  • Exploiting management accounting tools and techniques in a strategic context
  • Applying new management accounting tools to enhance management reporting and drive business performance
  • Understanding the emerging power of big data and analytics
  • How business analytics can contribute to strategic business insights
  • Big data and analytics as a platform for enhancing the finance function
Drivers of change: Leading a World Class Finance Function
  • Dealing with the increasing demands businesses can place on their finance function
  • Efficiency to effectiveness: Leveraging the finance value chain
  • The necessity to provide decision support in order to deliver finance effectiveness
  • Driving productivity in finance: Working smarter not harder
  • Benchmarking your finance function against global best practice
 Transitioning from Scorekeeper to Strategic Business Partners
  • Getting beyond the rhetoric surrounding business partnering and discovering what it really means
  • Overcoming the challenges of partnering at all levels of the organisation
  • Demonstrating the ongoing value of Finance to business operations
  • Considering the emerging skill set required to achieve business partnership
  • Managing accounting teams and staff effectively and building Finance talent
Kevin Riley - Managing Director
Riley & Riley - Strategy Advisors
Kevin Riley
Managing Director
Riley & Riley - Strategy Advisors
Michael Collins
Managing Partner
Primus Hotel Sydney
Phone: +61 2 8027 8000
339 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW
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