Controllers and Global Manufacturing Conference 2018

CAM1806 - Becoming a Cherished Advisor: The Soft Skills Needed to Create Long Lasting Interdepartmental Relationships

Nov 14, 2018 4:10pm ‐ Nov 14, 2018 5:25pm


As controllers, CFO's and financial professionals, we strive to improve our company's' business with the financial information we provide. Yet many of us still spend the majority of our time entering data and crunching numbers, which doesn't leave enough time in our day to advise departments within our organizations on how to improve their financial results at a holistic level. With technology's gift of more time, we can learn to create the value our companies want from us by clearly communicating the meaning of financial data in a way that helps each department succeed and thrive and gain a seat at the table when decisions are being made. As a Cherished Advisor, you become a strategic partner that the business appreciates, highly values and can't imagine living without.

  • Explore how to re-tool to create a differentiated experience with other departments and develop the soft skills needed to build collaborative relationships.
  • Learn how to create value by going beyond the numbers by telling the story behind them to help department leaders make informed business decisions.
  • Become an integral part of a department's real-time decision-making processes, in a proactive, rather than reactive way.
  • Gain an understanding of the mindset shift and skills needed to become better connected to your internal team, and be considered a "Cherished Advisor" by the departments and people you work with at your company.


    • Amy Vetter, CPA/CITP, CGMA, President & CEO, QuickStart Training Inc.

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