Member Since: 15th May 2019
28th May 2019
Thanks for the comment Nancy.
I loved finance and still do. In fact one day I'd like to go back because having worked in sales and marketing I'd just do so many things differently.
I do still love the role finance can play, and actually think that finance have a unique 360 degree view of a business.
It's just we spend so much time budgeting, forecasting and reporting that we don't have enough time left to make use of it
28th May 2019
Hi Tom, yes you're right that the big problem is that a lot of businesses use the title but don't change the way people work.
It's not about walking away from the numbers, it's about how we use the numbers and the mindset we approach the numbers with.
Many finance people see the month end report or the budget as the end of the process. I see it as the start. So I want to get the numbers sorted ASAP so I can then spend as much time as possible in using the numbers to influence change.
You make a really good point about do operational people 'get business partnering' and the answer is no and they don't need to. In fact the last thing we want to do is go out and say 'hey we're gonna partner you'.
What they want though is help and support to achieve their commercial and operational goals. And when finance people have that mindset and approach it is always very well received.
Thanks for the comments and questions Tom.
15th May 2019
Yes totally agree, many FD/FCs are great at building relationships and presenting - it’s probably a large part of why they became a FD/FC in the first place.