Imagine finance had written Steve’s slide…
Well it would have been a massive table of numbers comparing actual, budget and last year wouldn’t it. Probably a few graphs and charts from the analytics. A dashboard maybe.
Inspired? Me neither. He actually said:
“2 billion songs purchased and downloaded”
The best way to bring numbers to life and tell teh story behind them, is to not use any numbers. We’ll show you how.
How it works
Over 7,000 people have graduated from our FBP Academy in the last 7 years, across over 200 businesses Worldwide. And since lockdown we've perfected our new online model and trained over 1,000 people so far.
Way more than just finance training, we’ll show your people everything we learned in sales and marketing that we wish we’d known when we worked in finance.
Data means nothing without the story…
“Usain Bolt has a top-speed of 44.72 kph, weighs 94 kg and is 1.95m tall. He hold the World 100m record of 9.58 seconds and the World 200m record of 19.19.”
Inspired? Me neither. We prefer:
“He’s the fastest man on the planet”
Data means nothing without the story that makes it meaninful, memorable and inspirational. We’ll show you how.
The 16 behaviours of World Class
We’ve worked with over 7,000 FBPs in the last 7 years and we’ve noticed 4 styles – Calculator, Dashboard, Coach and Leader. We’ve also identifed the 4 core skills areas – and together they create the 16 behaviours of World Class.
Before starting the programme take our FBP Ignite online survey to see where you currently sit and get your personalised development plan. And our FBP Academy is designed to move your firmly into the Coach and Leader categories.
Imagine finance had written JFK’s speech…
“We choose to travel 238,855 miles at 25,000 miles per hour to the second densest known satellite with which we are in synchronous rotation”
Inspired? Me neither. He actually said:
“We choose to go to the moon”
If you want to be a great FBP or FD you’d better get good at communicating, and you’d better get good at it quick. We’ll show you how.
Live virtual workshops
So much online training today is little more than a narrated Powerpoint slideshow – boring!
Because we’ve covered the core content in the on-demand videos, our live workshops are dedicated to group exercises to apply the learning.
Your people will be trying the tools on for size, in tailored exercises that will stretch their thinking and help them apply the learning to their role today!
We don’t learn by reading or listening. We learn by doing, and that’s what the 7 x 2 hour live Zoom workshops are all about. Doing it for real, well almost for real.
Add our INSIGHTS psychometrics package to your FBPACADEMY and attend an extra 2 x 90 minute live virtual workshops to show them how to maximise their new FBP learning. It really does add a lot!
We’re showing people the best influencing tools from the Worlds of sales and marketing. It’s new to everyone from analyst to CFO, so we create a safe environment so that people can test them out and get to grips with them before doing them for real at work.
We’ll set at least 3 exercises per 2 hour workshop, tailored to your business situation. People will be set a typical business problem, work in groups to apply the tools from the videos, and present back the solutions.
If you want to be a great FBP you’d better good at communicating and presenting, and you’d better get good at it quick. After 7 x 2 hour live workshops, full of presenting back, your people will be good at it. We promise!
We use Zoom, simply because the breakouts rooms are awesome. Teams are rolling it out slowly, but until it’s universally available it’s just not worth using it for training.
Imagine finance had written MLKs speech...
"We see a 24.5% average income equality gap at current inflation levels, expected to expand at a compound rate of 3.2% per annum."
Inspired? Me neither. He actually said:
"We have a dream"
Data is meaningless without emotion, and we'll show you how to add it to your numbers.
Check out the video content
Your FBPAcademy is broken down into 7 modules. Each module includes a 1 hour on-demand video lesson and a 2 hour live application workshop. Check out a sample of the video content for each module.
CFO SVP, CHEP North America
When I was CFO in Europe I worked with Andy and my broader leadership team. Andy is a great communicator and provides a broader perspective on how finance interacts with different stakeholders and how finance could interact differently with the many business partners. I highly recommend him and his team to develop our broad finance teams - from transactional to commercial - new skills to engage differently with the different functions & leaders. Being now CFO for North America I've engaged with Andy to develop my North American finance teams and it's being received very well. As a business we get a great value out of the new capabilities the teams learn to apply.
CFO, Barts Charity
Andy worked with our finance business partner team and has transformed the way we approach the role. By emphasising the importance of relationship building and looking at things from the perspective of our stakeholders the team are now able to provide significantly better service.
FP&A Director, CMS Legal
I have worked with Andy and the team twice and have been very impressed with his ability to deliver relevant content in a way that is engaging from start to finish. Andy’s unique sales and finance background really brings something to the table and I would thoroughly recommend his expertise to develop any business partnering capability.
Group CFO, Metamorph
Andy has taken me & our team on a journey of self learning, enabling a transformation which has resulted in turning dull, low value information into insight and influence. The learning has opened our eyes to a different way of communication and we are excited to continue this journey and see what we can achieve – thanks Andy!
We’ve all been senior finance leaders, but our unique approach to finance business partner training comes from our direct experience working outside of finance and being partnered by finance. When you work with us you get us, no-one else.
Andy Shambrook FCA
I used to be a finance director, then I became a sales director, plus I founded a VC-back start-up. I'll show you everything I learned in sales, marketing and a VC start-up that I wish I'd known when I worked in finance.
Andrew Jepson CA
I've been a senior finance leader but it was when I became a general manager that I really got what finance business partnering is all about. Based in Sydney, I designed and run Australia's most popular public finance business partner training course, plus I wrote the book 'Compliance to Commercial'.
Amanda Carlyle CGMA
I’ve trained over 20,000 finance professionals over the last 15 years, across all sectors and all levels. I specialise in finance business partnering, improving shared service centres, and coaching. I joined the team in 2021 to support FBP Academy delivery and coaching.
Iain Dewson FCA
I've been a finance leader and run a global finance academy for 2,000 people across 28 countries from the L&D function. Andy used to be a supplier of mine and I saw first-hand the positive impact on people and teams his work had. So much so that in 2019 I joined as a full-time partner to help spread the message.
Shelly Adams CGMA
I’ve been a senior finance business partner in FMCG for Dulux Paints, Hovis, Plum Baby and Dairy Crest. Andy and me are married and I keep our family running smoothly while researching each new project to make sure we tailor the exercises and case-studies to your situation.
Client Delivery Manager
Once you’ve decided to go with us, I take over and make sure your programme is organised and delivered to the very highest standard. More than just diaries, I make sure it all runs smoothly and your people just have to turn up, have fun, and learn!
Design & online
Moving to an online model needs a lot of work in the background almost daily to make sure everything runs smoothly. We rely on Liam and his team at Purplelemur for that, and they are great!
I’d really like to talk to you about exactly what you’re looking for.
Please get in touch and I’ll call you. Messages come direct to me. Sometimes things can go wrong, so if you don’t hear back within 24 hours please text me on +44 (0) 7572 053 062.
Andy Shambrook FCA, Founder