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  • Describe the competencies of the modern CFO.
  • Assess the maturity level of the finance function during your first 100 days.
  • Identify team building principles to maximize alignment and commitment of your staff.
  • Use a competency map approach to devising a staffing and develop plan for the finance function.
  • Develop a strategic plan for developing and improving the finance function.
  • Describe change management principles and an approach for undertaking a major organizational initiative.

In this course we are going to look at getting started in a new CFO role.  Whether this is your first appointment as CFO or perhaps you are transitioning to a new CFO role at another organization, we will look at different approaches for your first 100 days.   We begin with a profile of the modern CFO, that is, what you need to bring to the organization.  From there, we will look at team building principles and using proven tools to help you assess the existing finance function against best practices. 


We will use a strategic approach to developing an overarching mission and value statement for finance to bring context to specific action plans.  We will look at structuring the finance function within the organization context to optimize and balance responsiveness to stakeholders with the need for control.  Finally, we will look at change management principles to help you initiate your first major project.

  • No prerequisites are required.
  • Aspiring finance managers and executives looking to gain confidence taking on larger roles in their career.
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  • Section 1 : Welcome to the Course! 1 Lectures 00:05:09

    • Lecture 1 :
    • Congratulations on your appointment as either a new CFO or a CFO to a new organization. In either situation, you are likely in over your head, at least for some period of time. This is a good thing by the way, that's the sort of challenge those aspiring to the office of the CFO are looking for. In this course, we will walk through an approach to your first 100 days. This is in many respects an HR course for financial leaders. The thematic diagram that we will revisit throughout the course reflect a philosophy that you start from the center and work out. Starting with yourself, you assess your own strengths and weaknesses, then those of your team. Then we work on embedding finance across the organization and beyond.
  • Section 2 : The Competencies of the Modern CFO. 1 Lectures 00:13:13

    • Lecture 1 :
    • The Competencies of the Modern CFO.
    • Are you aspiring to the role of CFO? Are you a CFO and have always wondered whether you are equipped with all the skills and competencies of the modern CFO? In this lesson, we will profile the modern CFO to make you more self-aware of the role and its potential. Coming out of this, should a list of personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • Section 3 : A Maturity Model for Finance. 1 Lectures 00:11:29

    • Lecture 1 :
    • A Maturity Model for Finance.
    • During your first 100 days, you will need evaluate your current capabilities of the finance function. This lesson is designed to give you indications of maturity to look for.
  • Section 4 : Building Your Finance Team. 1 Lectures 00:13:16

    • Lecture 1 :
    • Building Your Finance Team.
    • In this lesson, I am going to talk about building and developing a finance team. I will use another competency mapping tool to help us design sufficient coverage and level of skill to meet the finance mandate. Also, it’s very important to consider motivation and effectiveness of the finance team. In this lesson, I will look at various models to improve performance with the resources you have.
  • Section 5 : Developing a Strategic Action Plan. 1 Lectures 00:09:44

    • Lecture 1 :
    • Developing a Strategic Action Plan.
    • Before we can develop an action plan of areas we'd like to improve, we need to step back for a second and consider our high level mission and values. This understanding will help you determine what changes, if any, are necessary to fulfill your current or future mandate.
  • Section 6 : Organization Design and the Finance Structure. 1 Lectures 00:06:56

    • Lecture 1 :
    • Organization Design and the Finance Structure.
    • In this lesson, I will look at different options and ideas for aligning finance with the rest of the organization. Organizational structure is always a touchy subject, particularly as the CFO desires to set up mechanisms that give him financial control and operational insight into each of the various business departments.
  • Section 7 : Change Management Principles. 1 Lectures 00:12:25

    • Lecture 1 :
    • Change Management Principles.
    • And finally, you've got an action list in hand. If there are any big items on that list the involve or rely on groups of people, you will need to consider change management principles before you kick off your initiative.
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Blair is a many-time corporate director, CFO, author, speaker, educator, innovator, and thought leader. His educational videos of accounting and finance have million of views on YouTube. He has keynoted and spoken at national conferences from New York to Toronto. Along with Jen, he co-hosts CPA Canada’s podcast series “CPA Success Podcast.” He works with real businesses to experiment with theories and practices developed both in the academic and real world. He then shares these experiences and stories with others of what works, what doesn’t, and what was learned. He is the author of The Illiterate Executive: An Executive’s Handbook for Mastering Financial Acumen.
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