Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in Toledo:
"Develop Strategic Thinking capabilities."
Most people who qualify to become a CFO have all of the financial stuff down cold and hopefully reasonably good leadership capabilities in both finance and IT. However, I typically see (and this was in myself too) a lack of strong strategic vision and the ability to partner with the CEO effectively in this area. This is a skill that can be developed through research, study, and experience.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in Decatur:
"Grant Accounting."
Take some additional course in Grant Accounting.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in Dallas:
"You Don't Have to Know Everything."
You don't have to know or pretend you know everything. But it is important to know what you don't know and that you will find the answers quickly. Educated guesses are ok as long as they are qualified and followed up with subsequent confirmation. But don't BS.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in Keene:

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in Tarrytown:
"Saying "No""
Compromise puts both your organization and customers at risk. Your signature and integrity are sacrosanct and should be respected as such.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in Mechanicsburg:
"Needed more mentoring."
Be willing to work hard and do your best. Attempt to get a mentor to aasist you in the learning process.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in Helena:
Work hard at understanding the business rather than just assuming that by knowing accounting and finance in general you will function well here.