Chief Financial Officer Leadership Program

An ever expanding program of courses helping financial professionals aspire to the top levels of financial leadership
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  • Lectures 76
  • Length 17 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 3/2012 English

Course Description

This Leadership course is actually being developed to become a program.  Contained within the Financial Officer Leadership Training program is a collection of courses that are designed to develop professional finance and leadership competencies for those aspiring to take on senior or executive roles in an organization.

The four competency areas covered in this leadership course address the role a senior financial professional play as each a Steward, Operator, Strategist, and Catalyst.

Take this Leadership Course: Financial Officer Leadership Training Program and become one of the top leaders on your industry.

What are the requirements?

  • General business acumen
  • A passion for finance
  • A sense of humor

What am I going to get from this course?

  • In this course, you will learn how to analyze financial statements like a professional analyst to gain deeper insight into the finacial results, profitability, financial strength, and cash return generation potential.
  • In this course, you will be able to facilitatte development of an Enterprise Risk Management system using the principles of the COSO ERM framework.
  • In this course, you will learn about financing strategy including the different varieties of financing, how each work, and when to seek each source of financing.
  • In this course, you will learn about fraud risk including how it happens, why it happens, and how to best prevent it from happening in your organization.
  • In this course, you will learn about corporate strategy development. You will learn how to make a valuable contribution as the business developes, analyzes, implements, and evaluates corporate strategy.
  • In this course, you will learn about change management including the challenges of change, change from the perpective of the employee, approaches to successfully implementing a change initiative, and adapting your organization for continuous change.

Who is the target audience?

  • Financial professional seeking senior or executive professional development

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Financial Analysis: Uncovering the Story Hidden within Financial Statements
Why Financial Statements Exist
Where to Look For Financial Information
How to Analyze the Income Statement
How to Analyze Operational Efficiency and Effectiveness
How to Analyze a Balance Sheet
How to Analyze Cash Flow
How to Analyze a Company Quickly Using the Internet
6 pages
Contains a description of all the financial ratios and measures including how to calculate and interpret.
Section 2: Financing Strategies
Objectives of Capital
Financing Lifecycle
Managing Supplier Credit
Variations of Debt Financing
Negotiate Your Credit Facility
Mezzanine Financing- What is it- Debt or Equity?
Venture Capital Financing
Private Equity Financing
Going Public to Raise Financing
Case Study: Financing a Leveraged Buyout
WACC and Capital Structure: What You Need to Know
Finance Strategies Course Script
111 pages
Financing Glossary
7 pages
Section 3: Change Management! The Role of the Catalyst
Why You Need to Know About Change Management Principles
Challenges of Change
The link for the supplemental video referred to in this lesson is as follows:
Developing an Approach for your Next Change Initiative
Adapting the Organization to Handle Continuous Change
Change Management Course Script
90 pages
9 pages
We should all be striving for continuous improvement in running our finance function and more broadly speaking across the organization.  In this lesson, I look at a few ideas for how you should think about your next business process improvement.
Section 4: Safeguarding the Assets of Your Organization From Fraud
Where is the Organization Vulnerable
Understand the Psychological Profile of a Fraudster
Best Practices to Safeguard the Organizations Assets

Let's check in on the cases under investigation from around the world to get better understanding of how big our fraud problem really is.


You know the techniques already by now, but do you want to know which ones work and which ones don't? Let me tell you what fraud controls you should be emphasizing and which are less important.


This lesson puts a face to fraud. Is it that weird guy at the water cooler all the time? Or is it Bob, the flamboyant sales guy? In this lesson, I’ll give you the profile of today’s fraudster.


So you've been victimized by one of your trusted employees. Ugh. Sorry about that. But what should you do next? Call the police? Let's see what others are doing that find themselves in the same unfortunate situation.


Let's put a bow on this whole discussion by asking the experts what are the key things you should be thinking about as you develop an anti-fraud program.

Section 5: Developing Corporate Strategy: The CFO Strategist
Strategic Management Framework
Setting MIssion, Vision, and Values
Assess the Current Situation with External Analysis
Assess the Current Situation with Internal Analysis
Corporate Strategy Development
Business Strategy Development
Functional Strategy Development
Analyzing Strategic Alternatives
Approaches to Implementing Strategy
Evaluating and Controlling Strategy Execution
Strategy Facilitation Development Tool Kit
Strategic Management Course Script
124 pages
Strategic Management Glossary
4 pages
Section 6: Enterprise Risk Management using the COSO Model
Objectives of the COSO ERM Framework
Risk Management Starts With a Strong Internal Environment
Risk Management Objectives Align with Business Objectives
Identifying Risk Events
Performing a Risk Assessment
Developing a Risk Response
Implementing Risk Control Activities
Developing and Communicating Risk Information
Monitoring Enterprise Risk
30 pages
I've had a number of people ask for a more in depth discussion of risk management.  A very popular topic.  So I went back and did some research on what various so called experts were telling their clients.  I have added this content to materials in this lecture.  I like how the dimensions of interconnectivity and risk clockspeed have been added to the assessment of risk. 
Section 7: CFO as the Credible Financial Leader

Let's get an overview of what we will cover in this module.


Let's talk about why developing credibility is so important to facilitating the growth agenda.


In this lesson, we talk about how you determine your own level of credibility.


In this lesson, we talk about ways to establish people credibility.


In this lesson, we talk about ways to establish technology and process credibility.

Section 8: The Fast Close
Bottlenecks in the close process
Approaches for achieving the fast close
Making the fast close happen
Conclusions for achieving the fast close
10 pages

The CFO plays an important and integral role in helping the Board of Directors fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities.  In this lesson, we learn more about governance.

Section 9: Your First 100 Days as CFO

Just been appointed CFO or are you looking for that title in your career?  Here is a preview of what you need to know to hit the ground running.


Learn what competencies (skills and knowledge) the modern CFO embodies.


It's important to know where you are starting from and where you are going.  A maturity model helps you make this assessment.


To be successful in the role of CFO, you need to build a team around you.  Here are a few team building ideas to get you started.


Documenting and communicating the plan for how the finance function aligns with the rest of the organization is an important outcome during your first 100 days.


Structuring the finance function to achieve and cover the mandate of finance takes some careful staff planning and recruitment.


In all likelihood, you will want to change a few things after your first 100 days.  Here is a reminder of a few of the important change management principles to keep in mind.

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Instructor Biography

Blair Cook CPA, CA CPA MBA, Thought Leader in the Field of Executive Finance

Blair has two decades of experience at all levels of public and private corporations, public practice, and professional development. His experience as a corporate director, chief financial officer, instructional designer, and professional development leader will provide you with insight into finance topics that matter.

He is adjunct faculty member at St. Mary's University and the CPA Atlantic School of Business. Blair has been instructing at undergraduate and professional institutions for the past 19 years. Blair played a leading role in the developing the certification program for the Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant designation.

He was awarded the Govenor Generals Gold Medal of Canada in the field of accounting. He has designed professional development e-learning programs for the Big 4 firms. Benefit from his engaging presentation style and deep knowledge of the subject matter to further your own financial skills.

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