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 66
  • Length 15.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

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.

What is the target audience?

  • Financial professional seeking senior or executive professional development

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Financial Analysis: Uncovering the Story Hidden within Financial Statements
Why Financial Statements Exist
Preview
04:20
Where to Look For Financial Information
Preview
07:12
How to Analyze the Income Statement
19:27
How to Analyze Operational Efficiency and Effectiveness
07:02
How to Analyze a Balance Sheet
13:31
How to Analyze Cash Flow
08:41
How to Analyze a Company Quickly Using the Internet
14:36
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
10:24
Financing Lifecycle
10:35
Managing Supplier Credit
04:37
Variations of Debt Financing
19:22
Negotiate Your Credit Facility
12:26
Mezzanine Financing- What is it- Debt or Equity?
05:43
Venture Capital Financing
06:54
Private Equity Financing
07:22
Going Public to Raise Financing
16:03
Case Study: Financing a Leveraged Buyout
09:31
WACC and Capital Structure: What You Need to Know
15:00
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
09:55
Challenges of Change
15:29
07:13
The link for the supplemental video referred to in this lesson is as follows:

http://youtu.be/hcz1aZ60k7w
Developing an Approach for your Next Change Initiative
16:03
Adapting the Organization to Handle Continuous Change
10:01
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
09:59
Understand the Psychological Profile of a Fraudster
02:09
Best Practices to Safeguard the Organizations Assets
04:59
Section 5: Developing Corporate Strategy: The CFO Strategist
Strategic Management Framework
21:36
Setting MIssion, Vision, and Values
12:23
Assess the Current Situation with External Analysis
18:31
Assess the Current Situation with Internal Analysis
09:24
Corporate Strategy Development
16:31
Business Strategy Development
07:27
Functional Strategy Development
16:32
Analyzing Strategic Alternatives
09:02
Approaches to Implementing Strategy
09:51
Evaluating and Controlling Strategy Execution
10:22
Strategy Facilitation Development Tool Kit
Article
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
04:30
Risk Management Starts With a Strong Internal Environment
05:25
Risk Management Objectives Align with Business Objectives
02:11
Identifying Risk Events
03:07
Performing a Risk Assessment
02:03
Developing a Risk Response
03:16
Implementing Risk Control Activities
02:35
Developing and Communicating Risk Information
00:45
Monitoring Enterprise Risk
03:10
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
02:11

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

11:49

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

08:35

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

14:18

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

12:17

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

Section 8: The Fast Close
Bottlenecks in the close process
04:57
Approaches for achieving the fast close
17:58
Making the fast close happen
18:03
Conclusions for achieving the fast close
03:42
Section 9: Team Building and Organizing the Finance Function
5 pages
In this lesson, we are going to about various best practices of how finance embeds itself in the organization.
17 pages
In this lesson we are going to discuss how highly productive teams are assembled.  We are also going to look at how you can coach or mentor your staff to make them more effective.
Section 10: Corporate Governance
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.

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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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