Posts by Andy Shambrook

This simple tip could transform your influence

Email is great for admin. It is terrible for all the things a FD or CFO wants to do: ❌ Building relationships ❌ Influencing people ❌ Communicating so people listen & act ❌ Focussing on the most important things ❌ Being efficient and getting things done ➡️ So if you want to become a CFO…

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Try this the next time you present the month end results

Ask any marketeer and they’ll tell you the worst way to bring numbers to life…is to use a table of numbers. Why? Any more than a handful of numbers creates immediate noise and potential confusion. Too many numbers means your key message is diluted or even lost. Many people are intimidated, put off, or just…

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5 alternative to a boring table of numbers

Improve your finance reports and presentations with these 5 charts.. Ask any marketeer and they’ll tell you the worst way to bring numbers to life…is to use a table of numbers. Why? Any more than a handful of numbers creates immediate noise and potential confusion. Too many numbers means your key message is diluted or…

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Is this the best way to show variances to budget and last year?

What’s the best way to bring variances to budget to life? Stop using boring tables of numbers and try this instead… My favourite finance chart is simple text, click here’s for that video. My second favourite chart is the gap chart. I think it’s the best way to show gaps to budget, target, and last…

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Did you know there are 3 ways to present the same number?

Did you know there were 3 ways to present the exact same number? The one you pick is more important than you think… £30m This round number is great for impact and simplicity, but it could look like you made it up. So you’re more likely to be challenged on it. £31.23m This doesn’t quite…

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Stop trying to drive performance, it’s killing your influence!

Stop talking about driving performance. It may sound good, but it’s killing your influence. And here’s how. Finance don’t drive performance. Sales, marketing, and operations do that. If you want to drive it, go and work in one of those. Finance’s role is to help sales, marketing and operations people to drive performance. And it’s…

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Is this the brutal truth about FP&A and FBP?

80-90% plus of what FBPs do is not finance business partnering. Why? Because it’s reporting, forecasting or budgeting. Which are FP&A activities. Soon to be largely taken over by robots. The future of FP&A is not business partnering. The future of FP&A is automation, significant job losses and falling wages as supply outweighs demand. Finance…

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