Category: Career

Find ways to boost your career. Get promoted, get a raise and get to the C-Suite quicker.

Night owl or morning person? Do morning people have the upper hand?

Let’s accept it, there are morning people and there are night owls and you are either one or the other. Some people say there is a group that falls somewhere in-between. But if it exists it is rare as the people I’ve met tend to lean one way or the other. I very clearly fall ...

CFO stock market analyst

You have your first stock market analyst meeting, what to expect and some simple ways to prepare.

Making it to the C-Suite as Chief Financial Officer, CFO, is just the start of the journey, not the destination. It comes with a myriad of new activities and challenges. One of those is the stock market analyst meeting. The stock market analysts, those individuals who hold the power to move your stock from a ...

7 ways to get a promotion

How do you get a promotion? It is an essential question but one I haven’t been often asked. I progressed rapidly in my career up to Chief Financial Officer of a 15.000 people listed company, and yet how I moved so quickly to the top role in Finance, boils down to just 7 reasons. 1. ...

Is being a CFO stressful?

  I often get asked this question: “Isn’t your role as CFO stressful?” It comes up second, just before the classic : “What is a CFO?” I’ve seen my role change over the years that I have been doing it. But, before I delve into the seemingly simple question, with the complex answer, let’s review ...

Change resistance

Everything changes. Nothing stays the same. It is a simple rule In today’s Western world we strive for stability. Something unexpected happens at work = put a process on it. Tie it up and get a handle on it. We’ve become very rigid in how we approach things. We don’t like change. Which is odd, ...

The rules to follow when you change jobs

Three months ago I started a new role with a new company. It is also listed on the French market and its activities span the globe. It has been an odd experience, going from a place of absolute mastery to that of learning. I have had to step back and let go of the need ...

The Tao of Leadership

A few years ago I was asked to give a talk on Leadership to a class of HEC MBA students. I hadn’t done that before, and Leadership is an immensely broad topic, so the first thing I asked was what was the most recent topic they had studied. The response The Taoist Leader. So I’m going to ...

Emotional Intelligence at work - what is it

Emotional Intelligence at work – what is it?

You might have heard of this concept before – Emotional Intelligence. I started hearing people talking about it years ago and it is becoming more important as a conversation element when talking about talent and leadership. In fact I believe it is a critical competency I’m the work place, even though it doesn’t necessarily float ...

Leading in adversity

  In the West we tend to search for stability. Stability in our lives, stability at work, stability in our finances. We see it all around us as we search for a rhythm in our lives. Wake up at 6.30am, get the kids out of bed at 7.15am, breakfast at 7.30am and leave the house ...

How to become a Global or International leader

Here is an interesting question: “To successfully lead a global company do you have to have lived in another country?” To really understand how countries differ from one another you have to immerse yourself, at least once, in another culture. This is the only way of knowing just how different things can be and, armed ...