Chief Financial Officer Leadership Program
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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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  • 10.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 9 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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  • General business acumen
  • A passion for finance
  • A sense of humor

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • Financial professional seeking senior or executive professional development
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Curriculum For This Course
76 Lectures
Financial Analysis: Uncovering the Story Hidden within Financial Statements
8 Lectures 01:14:49

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

Contains a description of all the financial ratios and measures including how to calculate and interpret.
Financial Analysis Glossary and Reference Guide
6 pages
Financing Strategies
13 Lectures 01:57:57
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
Change Management! The Role of the Catalyst
7 Lectures 58:41
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:
Change from the Employee's Perspective

Developing an Approach for your Next Change Initiative

Adapting the Organization to Handle Continuous Change

Change Management Course Script
90 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.
Business Process Improvement
9 pages
Safeguarding the Assets of Your Organization From Fraud
8 Lectures 43:17
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.

Quantifying fraud

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.

Fraud Prevention and Detection

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.

Who is Committing Fraud Today

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.

Prosecuting Fraud

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.

Fraud Advice
Developing Corporate Strategy: The CFO Strategist
13 Lectures 02:11:43
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
Enterprise Risk Management using the COSO Model
10 Lectures 27:02
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

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. 
Beyond the COSO ERM Framework
30 pages
CFO as the Credible Financial Leader
5 Lectures 49:10

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

Course introduction

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

Credibility and Growth

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

Assessing Your Own Credibility

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

People Credibility

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

Technology and Process Credibility
The Fast Close
5 Lectures 44:40
Bottlenecks in the close process

Approaches for achieving the fast close

Making the fast close happen

Conclusions for achieving the fast close

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.

Good Governance
10 pages
Your First 100 Days as CFO
7 Lectures 01:12:14

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.

Module introduction

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

What the Competencies of the Modern CFO

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

Assessing the maturity level of the finance function

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.

Team building

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.

Preparing a Strategic Plan for Finance

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

Structuring the finance function

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.

Preparing for Change Management
About the Instructor
Blair Cook CPA, CA CPA MBA
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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.