By Andy Burrows
Influence is something that Finance people in business really want, it seems to me.
I hear it a lot:
“How can I get more influence in the business?”
“How can I increase my visibility in the business?”
“How can I get included in strategic discussions, instead of being kept out?”
And that’s thinking in the right kind of way, fundamentally. We don’t want to just provide information, or even merely insight based on information. We don’t want to turn our work over to the non-Finance areas of the business in a “take-it-or-leave-it” kind of way.
We want our work to make a difference. And it can only make a difference if people listen to us, understand us, take note and act on what we tell them.
Our information should deliver insight. But for our insight to have impact we need to have influence!
So, this article gives you five ways to do that. It’s not the whole story, but it will give you a lot to think...
By Andy Burrows
I’d like you come away from this article knowing how to get a clearer or renewed sense of direction.
Not only that, but I hope that you will have learnt some insights into how you can assess and define the direction you want to go in both your life and work.
Clearly, I write to Finance people, and I’m addressing this article to those who are somewhere on the continuum between Finance business partner and CFO or who want to embark on that journey. However, I’m going to be talking about principles that can be used in pretty much any walk of life or work.
This is the fourth article in a series. The first two establish the context.
So, I started by pointing out that Finance Business Partner is the new best route to a CFO role. In that article I was establishing the need to better define and support one of the most important development pathways post-accountancy.
Next, I outlined from recent literature and my own research and...
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