CFO Series: Emotional Intelligence WEBCAST
Monday, November 16 8:00am - 4:00pm PST
Emotional Intelligence: The Critical Factor in SuccessEmotional intelligence is an individual’s capacity to understand both their own and other people’s emotions, as well as how to react to these feelings in an appropriate manner. Research proves that Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a compelling predictor of personal, professional and social success.Every business leader can improve their Emotional Intelligence, including you. Many businesses utilize EI for promotions and hiring. This session will discuss the twelve keys to EI and proven tactics to help every aspiring leader “work smarter”. Motivating the Right Way: Get the Most from Your StaffAre you getting the most from your staff? Are you paying top-dollar and still not getting high performance? New research gives us the insights to effectively motivate your people. This session discusses proven people motivation tactics. Many ‘old’ methods really did not motivate in the past and certainly do not work today. Getting the most from your people requires new, very learnable, leadership techniques. Whether your business is large or a start-up, getting people to move forward as one is a challenge. This session will show you how to create an environment where your talented employees can excel. Business Ethics: Cases from the Real WorldBeing consistently ethical is a challenge. Most of us have had to make tough choices. This session will discuss real world cases involving thorny ethical dilemmas and how to resolve them.Being ethical is not the same as complying with the law and ethical issues are not always black and white. This session will review different professional ethical standards. What does integrity mean in the office? If you want to learn lessons from the best in a short time, this session is for you. Participate in engaging dialogue about how to prepare for the inevitable ethical situations. These lessons are valuable for every business leader. Don’t Be the Messenger Who Gets ShotThe average CFO’s tenure is about three years, while the tenure for other financial positions may not be much better. One cause may be our responsibility to deliver BAD news. Sadly, sometimes the messenger gets shot. How can some people deliver bad news and actually strengthen their position, while others find themselves without a job? Many financial professionals believe that, “I just need to know the numbers really well to keep my job.” Every day proves this fallacy wrong. How you say it is often more important than what you say. This session will teach you proven techniques to deliver bad news so that you actually strengthen your relationship with your CEO, Board, bank and management team.
CFO Series: Cash Management WEBCAST
Thursday, December 17 8:00am - 4:00pm PST
A/R and A/P: Effective Management TechniquesOur responsibility to safeguard our organization’s assets has not changed in the 21st Century, but our tools have. New tools now allow us to more efficiently and effectively manage and control all the aspects of accounts receivable and payables. This session will help you save time on routine tasks. We can use the time saved to become better business partners. This session will discuss how we can leverage our accounts receivable and accounts payable skills to add value and help our organization succeed.• Leverage technology to manage A/R and A/P• Structure A/R to provide your organization a strategic advantage• Ten ways to collect your money• Make A/P a tool to enhance our Supply Chain’s potential• Use benchmarking metrics to manage and track the effectiveness of AR and AP in cash management. Cash Management TechniquesCash is “King”, but it does not manage itself. This session will explore short-term, mid-term, and long-term cash management techniques and attempt to answer these issues:• How can we shorten the cash conversion cycle? • How can we use technology to improve receipts?• How working with vendors and customers can help cash management efforts.• How working capital loans depend on our collateral and overall debt capacity.• How banks and other lenders fit into our long-term cash and capital needs. Cash Forecasting, Reporting and MetricsSome organizations manage their cash in a reactive fashion, responding to cash requirements as they happen. This helter-skelter approach can be inefficient, chaotic, and extremely dangerous. Proper cash management requires planning and forecasting. This session explores the methods and models to help you understand which ones would work best for your organization. Additionally, this session will identify common cash metrics we should consider sharing with key stakeholders. Better Meetings: Make Meetings Fun & ProductiveMost meetings are a snooze-fest; they waste time and prevent you from getting work done. Why do some businesses have productive meetings and others do not? Do we really need to have a meeting? What are the alternatives? This session discusses many proven tactics to make your meetings highly productive. The techniques can help you and your organization, whether you are in the C-suite or starting your career. Learn how to lead meetings that are productive and fun.
CFO Series Become More Effective WEBCAST
Friday, December 18 8:00am - 4:00pm PST
Critical Thinking for Financial ProfessionalsWhat were they thinking? Why do business leaders sometimes make horrible decisions that severely damage themselves and their organizations? It is tempting to assume that a poor choice must be due to a leader’s incompetence, inexperience, bad character, or low intelligence – but such easily attributed factors generally aren’t the true cause when leaders blunder. In such situations, many turn to finance and accounting professionals for evaluation, answers, remedies, and solutions for improved future decision-making. Effective Networking: Take Control of Your CareerIt is not who you know, but who knows you. You land jobs, win clients, make sales and get promotions based on your visibility within your company, industry and business community. According to several studies, 70-75% of all new jobs are found through networking. Despite knowing that we should network, the prospect of talking to other people in a room full of total strangers or making new phone contacts may terrify us.The unknowns scare us most of all. This session will help you find the courage to network by preparing you for that phone contact or networking event. We will talk about what to say, how to say it and most importantly, why you will do your most effective networking when you listen a lot more than you talk. The skills from this session can put you on the path to networking like an expert. The CFO’s Role in Compensation and Bonus PlansFor many organizations, compensation is the single most important cost category. This session will discuss why the CFO must involve themselves with compensation and benefit plan design and administration. This session will pay particular attention to bonus plans, covering plan design, administration and common plan features currently in use today. MS Word: Advanced FeaturesFinancial professionals are often Excel experts but are unaware of MS Word tools that can save time and make their written communications considerably more professional looking and easier to read. This session covers tools you have probably never used and others you may not be using correctly. Your whole department could use this course!
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