Introduction to Career Management
In this course we cover the important topic of career management. Eisenhuth’s experience is in the Australian market but his teaching is applicable in any geography.
Brad’s book CFgrOw is excellent foundational reading for any accounting and finance professional wanting to “own” their career and navigate towards their version of success. In this book, he covers Eight Pillars of Career Success which offer practical steps and concepts to explore to ensure you are not left behind or found in environments that don’t get the best out of you.
Of course, the title indicates that these steps relate to reaching the CFO chair or other finance leadership positions, but the approach to career management is about far more than just reaching a role title.
Videos | Webinars
Videos and Webinars have been curated to deliver learning that is perfect for the Pillar and Core Competency being studied. Take notes and share your thoughts and questions on CFO Insights.
Brad’s Interview with Brendan Hargreaves (CPA), a high profile Australian General Manager who came through a finance background discussing Career Management: Watch Here
The Outperformer’s Interview with Ash Saini, Managing Director of Labara Mobile (recently acquired by global telco giant Vodafone) on the relationship between Managing Director and Finance Director: Watch Here
Brad’s interview with experienced Australian CFO and CEO, Stewart Cummins, on leadership and planning as finance leader: Watch Here
Brad’s interview with talented Peter Gunning CFO & COO across companies such as Mars, Beam Suntory & GenesisCare on distributed leadership and building effective teams as a finance executive: Watch Here
DSR - Delivery, Stretch, Reputation
This is a simple template that Brad explores as part of strategic career management in the finance space. It relates to the foundational need for finance leaders to stretch and grow in areas that A) primarily create value for the organization and its strategic goals B) allow the accounting or finance professional to build their career narrative and skill set relative to their goals C) In creating this value, engaging and maintaining a career-advantageous relationship with key people in the business. Mapping out each section of the DSR creates an agile roadmap for positioning yourself well for future development and support from leaders in the organization.
NETWORKING - STRETCH MAP
Networking is often poorly executed by most accounting and finance professionals, and not for the want of trying. Effective career networking is about engaging with people who are willing to maintain a relationship, and this relationships often involve deeper and more complex conversations than simple trading a business card or a transactional “one-off” meeting.
The Stretch Map ties in your career challenges and growth goals to key people that could play a role in helping you solve or improve your performance relative to these challenges or goals. Typically, these people will have experience in areas that you don’t and have worked through similar career challenges in the past, hence making them a valuable resource and someone to tap into for support beyond your initial discussion.
CAREER NARRATIVE - TRACKING STORIES & KEY CAREER EVENTS
For most finance leaders, their functional experience and skills are very wide and in most cases, reflect that of almost all other finance leaders at a similar stage of their career. What we acknowledge in our development towards the CFO chair, or elsewhere, is that leaders are not drawn to functional skills, especially in interviews or initial professional conversations.
What differentiates is the ability to make a difference through strategic challenges and events in your career. Not only are these stories more emotive and engaging, but they reflect the characteristics and behaviours that are important at a senior executive level.
This tool is used to track stories that you want to leverage during networking and career conversations that reflect your personal brand.
This course is built around Brad Eisenhuth’s career management model - CHIN (Clarity, High Performance, Influence & Networks).
While this course does not provide deep coaching or the mentorship you might receive if you work directly with an executive coach or someone like Brad, it is designed to help you self-diagnose career management techniques that will help develop a path towards your desired goals. As most of our audience are seeking to reach the CFO chair, this is a highly valuable resource to drive yourself towards this level.
We encourage all that work through the four short courses to have previously approached a mentor to work through career conversations related to the topics and exercises noted. If you do not have a mentor, we recommend that you find someone that you respect in your network who would is supportive of your career and professional development.
Below is a list of books, periodicals, journals that we suggest you explore to gain an even richer experience from your CFO.University community.