GrowCFO Finance Leader Challenges

September 2021 – January 2022

Overcoming Your Biggest Personal Challenges

GrowCFO has designed three finance leader challenges to help you overcome the most common personal challenges suffered within the community. Each of these will boost your performance across three capability attributes to help you become the best version of yourself.

Upcoming Challenges

Delivering your responsibilities | 24th – 26th January 2022

Feeling overwhelmed with tasks

Monday, 24th January 2022 | 1:00 pm UK

  1. The reasons why so many finance leaders feel overwhelmed with tasks;
  2. The impact that this typically has on your performance within the role; and
  3. Proven solutions to help you avoid feeling overwhelmed with tasks going forward.

Maximising your team's performance

Tuesday, 25th January 2022 | 1:00 pm UK

  1. The reasons why so many finance leaders struggle to maximise their team’s performance;
  2. The impact that this typically has on your performance within the role; and
  3. Proven solutions to help you maximise your team’s performance.

Influencing & obtaining people's buy-in

Wednesday, 26th January 2022 | 1:00pm UK

  1. The reasons why so many finance leaders struggle to influence others and obtain people’s buy-in;
  2. The impact that this typically has on your performance within the role; and
  3. Proven solutions to help you influence others and obtain people’s buy-in.

Previous Challenges

Access the challenge event replays and guides.

Interacting with others | 1st – 3rd November 2021

Improve your gravitas and perception

A large number of finance leaders highlight the need to improve your gravitas and perception. Many feel that they are not always properly listened to during key discussions and that most people think of them as simply being the numbers person. This restricts your ability to influence the wider business agenda and to exert influence during decision-making.

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Enhance your communication

Lots of finance leaders have underdeveloped or poor relationships with key individuals in the workplace. This makes it difficult to create the impact that you need to within your finance leader role. It also has the potential to completely derail you during important team presentations or when trying to influence a big decision.

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Build strong relationships

Lots of finance leaders have underdeveloped or poor relationships with key individuals in the workplace. This makes it difficult to create the impact that you need to within your finance leader role. It also has the potential to completely derail you during important team presentations or when trying to influence a big decision.

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Making more impact | September 2021

GrowCFO's Dan Wells, Kevin Appleby and Catherine Clarke join to talk about contributing more towards strategy.

Contributing more towards strategy

Many finance leaders struggle to contribute sufficient time towards strategy. People typically spend too long on low value recurring tasks, which makes it hard to free up time for other things. It is essential that you contribute more towards strategy within your finance leader role to justify your job title and remuneration package.

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GrowCFO's Dan Wells, Kevin Appleby and Catherine Clarke discuss a large personal challenge for finance leaders; board meeting impact.

Make more impact in Board meetings

Most finance leaders would benefit from trying to make more impact in Board meetings. This is extremely important for your reputation and provides you with a huge opportunity to influence strategy and change initiatives. Many people struggle to make more impact in Board meetings due to suffering from Imposter Syndrome. 

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Overcome Imposter Syndrome

The vast majority of finance leaders suffer from a lack of confidence at some stage during their career and would significantly benefit from trying to overcome Imposter Syndrome. Imposter syndrome is where you do not feel worthy or believe that you have been promoted too quickly into a role. It is also the belief that everything could come crashing down when someone realises that you are not good enough for your role.

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