When you're the FD the buck stops with you...
There's no safety once you've got the big job. The buck stops with you, and not just financially.
None of the training and experience we've had through our finance career can prepare us for that.
If you're a FD or CFO yourself, you'll know this. And if you're not, take it from us - we've all been there. Leaders at the highest level in large businesses both in and out of finance.
Our public and in-house NEXTFD® programmes will get you ready.
How it works…
We run our flagship NEXTFD® public programme annually, starting in September for 8 months, learning with others from a range of companies. For larger teams we’ll take our proven NEXTFD® programme and tailor every part to meet your exact needs.
Are you ready to step into the Dragon’s Den…
No-one holds back their punches when you’re the FD, and why should they.
You’ve got to be able to land your message quickly and clearly, with zero ambiguity. And you’ve got to be able to talk about the numbers without using the P&L account.
Every day is a bit like pitching to the dragons. And we’ll show you how to smash it every time!
Forget classroom learning and theories. We hold the mirror up in as real-to-life situations as possible in a development environment in our new NEXTFD® programme.
Imagine Dragon's Den meets the Apprentice and you'll get an idea of the stretch we'll give your people.
The corporate language is deep experiential development. We like to call it chucking them in at the deep end, just with us there as life guards. And it's all online, with optional in-person.
With our NEXTFD® programme your people will get to know themselves like never before. Because if you can't first lead yourself, you've got no chance leading others. Sure we'll start with the our INSIGHTS® communication and influence psychometrics, but it doesn't end there.
Empotional intelligence is the buzz phrase, but we like to call it being human. The key to inspiring others is to get to know them, finding out what makes them tick, and showing them what's in it for them to get on the bus, start driving, and picking up others. And that doesn't happen with a few slides on strategy & vision, however slick.
Everyone wants to be commercial, but what does it really mean? Your people will learn, not from theories and models, but from being put in a position where they have to live and die financially by their commercial decisions. They'll soon learn that nothing is black and white, and that there are no 'right' decisions.
And they'll learn all this not through slides and group discussions. They learn it the single best way to learn anything. By doing it, for real. I mean you don't learn to ride a bike by watching a Powerpoint presentation on how to ride a bike and disucssing with your friends what they think do you?
Get good at communicating, and get good quick…
The big difference between an accountant and a leader is simply communication.
If you can make the complex simple, and talk to people’s hearts as well as their mind, you will be amazing.
Steve Jobs, JFK, MLK, Oprah, Obama, Thatcher and every great influencer in history knew this. And we’ll show you exactly how they did it with our Insights® add-on to your Academy.
We’ll start with INSIGHTS®, our fully accredited and highly respected psychometic communication tool. Think MBTI and Belbin on steroids and you start to get close.
Take an online survey and get an in-depth and almost freakily accurate 40-page insight into your communication and influence preferences. This isn’t a character assasination, quite the opposite. It’ll show you how to ignite the real you and round off the edges you didn’t even know you had.
Unlike MBTI or Belbin we don’t put you in a box. INSIGHTS® is about your communication preferences – fiery red, cool blue, sunshine yellow or earth green. We’ll show you how to activate them all, and how to use them together for influence you never imagined possible.
You’ll need this deep insight into you and others to navigate the challenges you’re about to face. No classroom theories, you’ll be thrown into the deep end with as real-to-life experiences as we can create in a development environment.
Check out the video content
Your NEXTFD® programme comes with 7 hours of on-demand video lessons giving you the core skills and tools you’ll need for the rest of the programme. Here’s a taster, but remember this is only the foundation. From here on in the real work starts.
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. I’ll show you everything I learned in sales that I wish I’d known when I worked in finance. I founded this business, and also a VC-backed payments business with my best friend where I still lead the marketing and sales effort.
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’.
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’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