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Nailing Your First Quarter as CFO

Created by Blair Cook, Last Updated 30-Dec-2019, Language:English

Nailing Your First Quarter as CFO

This course explores how to assess your skills, team, environment, & items you should focus in the first 100 days.

Created by Blair Cook, Last Updated 30-Dec-2019, Language:English

What Will I Get ?

  • Recognize the competencies of the modern CFO.
  • Recognize the maturity level of the finance function.
  • Identify strategies useful for developing strategic alignment within the finance function.


  • No advanced preparation or prerequisites are needed for this course but basic finance leadership experience is essential.


In this course we 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 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 look at team building principles and using proven tools to help you assess the existing finance function against best practices.  We use a strategic approach to developing an overarching mission and value statement for finance to bring context to specific action plans.  We look at structuring the finance function within the organization context to optimize and balance responsiveness to stakeholders with the need for control.  Finally, we look at change management principles to help you initiate your first major project.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone in Finance, accounting, or related fields.
  • Anyone interested in Leadership.

Course Content

Blair Cook

Thought Leaders in the Field of Executive Finance

A financial executive and corporate director with a broad base of experience working as a financial leader, catalyst, operator and steward in a number of public and private companies operating in a broad array of industries, with a deep background as a financial, consulting, and accounting educator providing professional development services to Big 4 Public Accounting Firms, universities, and professional institutes.

Specialties:Leadership, finance, accounting, mergers and acquisitions, auditing, instructional design, facilitation and instruction, authoring, decision analysis