019: Samuel Dergel, Director, Stanton Chase, on the CFO & Relationship Building

What is the secret to CFO Success? Join us as Sam explains how relationship building has become the skillset-of-choice for successful CFOs. Sharing keen insights from his recently released Guide to CFO Success, Sam explores how the CFO role is changing and the types of experiences that are becoming must haves for future CFOs.

A Collaborative Approach

“Today finance is really about running the business. To run a business you need to be able to get things done, and to get things done you need to get people to follow you and this does not just mean the people that work for you, but the people you work with and the people you work for.”

Relationship Building

“CFOs really have to map their relationships and really know who they should be interacting with. Who do you need to deal with? And how will you manage expectations and deliver?”

Mentors

“From what I see CFOs are lonely individuals. What do I mean by that? What I mean is that within the businesses that they’re in they have a relationship with their CEO. But how open a relationship can they really have? How open a relationship can they have with the firm’s VPs? When a CFO requires a second opinion executives within the company may not be the smartest move. … Mentors are a added advantage.”

Business Book Pick

Guide to CFO Success: Leadership Strategies for Corporate Financial Professionals (Wiley Corporate F&A) By Sam Dergel
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