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Strategic Business Partner

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  1. Strategic Business Partner - Introduction
    5 Lessons
  2. Influence strategies
    7 Lessons
  3. Support decision-making
    11 Lessons
  4. Become a critical voice
    7 Lessons
  5. Manage stakeholders
    12 Lessons
  6. Be the co-pilot to your CEO
    7 Lessons
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Gathering the facts

Dan Wells April 22, 2022
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Finance leaders play a critical role in the success of any business. You provide the financial guidance and wider support that is necessary for making sound decisions. However, before you can contribute towards decision-making, you need to carefully gather the facts.

There is a reason why business decisions should not be made in haste. When important financial commitments are at stake, the last thing you want is for things to go wrong because of a lack of due diligence on the part of those involved in making the decision.

In this lesson, we will explore why it is so important for finance leaders to carefully gather all the facts before contributing towards decision-making. We will also look at some of the methods that they can use to obtain this information.

Analyzing information

Fact gathering is a critical part of the decision-making process for finance leaders. Without all the relevant information, it is impossible to make an informed decision. There are many ways to gather facts, but the most important thing is to be thorough.

Primary research

One method that can be used is primary research. This involves conducting your own research and collecting data yourself. This can be done through surveys, interviews, focus groups, or any other means necessary to obtain the information you need.

Secondary research

Another method is secondary research. This involves using already existing data that has been collected by someone else. This could be data from your finance department, market reports, government statistics, or anything else that is relevant to your needs.

Once you have gathered all the facts, it is important to analyse them and reach a conclusion. This can be done by looking at the data objectively and making a judgement based on what you see. However, it is also important to consider the opinions of others when making your decision.

Backing up your opinion

As the finance leader, you are often called upon to give your opinion on various business decisions. Your opinion carries a lot of weight, as it is based on your financial expertise. However, it is important to remember that your opinion needs to be backed up by reliable timely data.

Timely data is essential in the ever-changing world of business. What may have been true last month may not be true this month. By having access to reliable, timely data, you can ensure that your opinions are well-informed and accurate.

There are a few ways to get reliable, timely data. One way is to use software that provides real-time data analytics. This type of software can help you track trends and make predictions about the future. Another way to get reliable data is to work with a team of analysts who can gather and interpret data for you. This team can provide you with the information you need to make sound decisions.

No matter how you get your data, it is important to remember that your opinion is only as good as the data you have to back it up. When making business decisions, be sure to base your opinion on reliable, timely data. Doing so will ensure that your opinion carries the weight it deserves and will help you gain the respect of other departments.


Finance leaders need to carefully gather the facts before contributing towards decision-making because without all the relevant information, it is impossible to make an informed decision. By using primary and secondary research methods, you can ensure that everybody has all the information required to make a sound judgement.