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 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.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in Orlando:
"How many job descriptions I would be required to fill."
Due Diligence, hard work, perserverence.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in Vienna:
"LACK OF PROMOTION AND FOLLOW THROUGH ON CAREER GOALS."
RESEARCH THE COMPANY YOU GET AN OFFER FROM. JUST BECAUSE THEY SAY IT , GET IT IN WRIITING.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in Los Angeles:
"Take the initiative and be creative."
The average qualified person can prepare financial reports, budgets and pro forma cashflows. The exceptional individual understands the industry and cross disciplinary relationships necessary to separate the company from its peer group. Develop a deep understanding for what it takes to succeed as a company and focus on those issues.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in Washington:
"Maintain a good management for direct reports to succeed."
Time box certain functions per day (ie allocate 20 minutes per day to treasury management, one on one with direct reports, key project deliverables)