#101 How to Become a Great Finance Business Partner with Oliver Deacon, Former FD at Microsoft

Oilver Deacon former FD at Microsoft joins Kevin Appleby on The GrowCFO show to tell us how to become a great finance business partner
Do you want to be a great finance business partner? If so, you’re in luck! In this episode, Oliver Deacon joins Kevin Appleby and gives us some great tips that will help improve your relationship with your colleagues in the rest of the business. Oliver Deacon is a member of the GrowCFO Mentoring team. He runs the GrowCFO Business Partnering Boot Camps and is a former FD at Microsoft.

One of the most important things to remember when trying to become a great finance business partner is that communication is key. You need to be able to effectively communicate with your colleagues in order to build strong relationships. Make sure you are always clear and concise when conveying information, and take the time to listen to what others have to say. It is also important to be responsive to questions and concerns that your colleagues may have.

It is also essential that you are able to build trust with your colleagues. This can be done by being honest and transparent in your dealings with them. Make sure you keep your promises and always follow through on what you say you will do. If there are ever any issues, make sure you deal with them in a timely and professional manner.

Remember that it is important to show your colleagues that you are invested in the success of the organisation. This can be done by offering help and support when needed and being proactive in finding solutions to problems. Your job is to sell ideas and provide options. If you can do these things, you will be well on your way to becoming a great finance business partner.

Building a strong relationship between finance and the rest of the business is essential for the success of your organisation. Listen in for some great information on how to make things work well between you and your fellow business managers!



00:43 What is a finance business partner?

02:11 About Oliver Deacon

03:26 How to become a great business partner? Where do you start?

03:59 Relationships and selling ideas

05:38 How do you start forming great relationships?

06:15 Asking questions, showing people you are interested in them

09:43 Can you figure out what your business partners’ biggest problems are?

10:39 Stop; Start; Continue

12:16 Turning data into insights

15:40 What are we going to do differently as a business?

16:38 Finance business partnering boot camp

18:48 How is the boot camp structured?

21:17 What’s covered in each workshop?

23:32 How do you attend a bootcamp?

24:41 What surprises people most on the boot camp?

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