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  1. Reflections of a CFO: The highs, the lows and what’s next? Jessica Hamilton 22-May-2019
  2. The Australian economy: where are we headed, what impact will the Federal Budget have and what can we expect with the property market? Jessica Hamilton 16-Apr-2019
  3. Accounting jobs in Australia 2019: The impact of technology Carolyn Loton 09-Apr-2019
  4. Transforming from numbers to leadership: your career success starts with you Jessica Hamilton 11-Mar-2019
  5. Navigating rougher seas – what’s in store for the Australian economy this year? Jessica Hamilton 28-Feb-2019

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Reflections of a CFO: The highs, the lows and what’s next?

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

We all go through highs and lows in our careers. But, despite the challenges we face, at every turn, there’s always an opportunity to learn something new – about ourselves and others, what we’re capable of, what drives us, and what we’re passionate about.  Arming ourselves with this knowledge, is key to having the career that we want to have.

Speaking at our recent emerging leaders event, Louise Higgins, a well respected and renowned CFO, who has had an impressive 20-year career-to-date – which has included executive roles at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Nova Entertainment and Macquarie Bank – shared the five key lessons that she has learnt in her career and how this will help her approach the next 20 years of her career.

Keep taking risks


In your career (and in life), the best reward often comes when you’re out of your comfort zone, believes Louise. At two points in her career, she found herself leaving a job without having another job to go to, and while there is always that fear of the unknown and the uncertainty of finding yourself in that situation, for Louise, it led her to her next opportunity. Her top tips?

  • Extend yourself – whether it’s taking on new projects that may appear to be difficult, or doing something you haven’t done before, it will equip you with new skills you may not even knew you had and could set you up for your next opportunity.
  • Have courage of your convictions – back yourself.
  • So much can come from taking on challenges – even if it doesn’t succeed. We can all learn from our failures, as well as our successes. Don't be afraid to try.  
  • Don’t stay in a job because it’s comfortable. If that job is no longer getting the best out of you and you’re disengaged, that’s a sign that it may be time to leave.  

It’s only a job


While this may seem like an obvious statement, so many of us forget this, says Louise, and we get so caught up in what’s happening at work, that we lose sight of what’s important. Her advice?

  • Don’t let your job define you and your identity. Don’t derive all your personal value and worth from your work – it’s only one part of your life.
  • It’s important to be fulfilled by your job, love it, be passionate about it, but realise at the end of the day, it’s not everything.
  • Be clear about what matters to you outside of work.
  • If you’re not happy in your job, reflect about what you’re putting in versus what you’re getting out of it. Are they aligned?
  • Work is getting harder and more complex – think about what’s important to you and what you need to feel fulfilled.

Relationships are important  

Never underestimate the value and the importance of your relationships, says Louise. 

When you get to the CFO level, it’s all about relationships and stakeholder engagement – the ability to influence and build successful partnerships with people.

“Your relationships with people bring a diversity of thought,” says Louise. 

We all have our own unconscious bias about ourselves, our skills and what we bring to the table. Having a wide network of people you can call on to give you different perspectives, is really important if you want to succeed in your career, believes Louise.

Keep finding yourself


In life, and in our careers, we never stop learning and growing. Every day, we are changing and learning something new about ourselves.

“You will never truly know everything there is to know about yourself,” says Louise.

Over her career, through the highs and lows, Louise learnt a lot about herself, what she is capable of, her likes and dislikes, what drives her, what she is passionate about versus what she’s good at, and believes that arming yourself with this information, is key to having the kind of career that you really want. So, what helped her?

  • Having a growth mindset – think of challenges as opportunities.
  • Figure out not just what you’re good at, but what drives you. What’s your passion?
  • Just because you’re good at something, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for you or that you enjoy it.
  • Reflect on your weaknesses – what is your limiting behaviour? Working this out, will help you gain more clarity about what may be getting in the way for you and then be prepared to do the work to develop.
  • Recognise that your strengths, when overused, can be your greatest weaknesses and always strive to maintain balance.   

Get used to uncertainty


“Get used to uncertainty, stare it in the face, get comfortable with it, because it’s not going away,” says Louise.

There will always be an element of uncertainty in our lives and our careers, so the key is to understand that, be aware of it and embrace the fact that we won’t always have the answers.  

Her one piece of advice? Do the best you can, and the rest will take care of itself.

If you’re looking to take that next step in your career, we’re here to help. Get in touch with us today –  (02) 9262 4836.

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Transforming from numbers to leadership: your career success starts with you

Monday, March 11, 2019


“Self-reflection has been a big part of my career. I’ve been through many highs and lows, which have included: being made redundant 3 times through takeovers; experienced two ‘career deaths’ and have taken time out from being burnt out.”

That was one of the many insights shared by the inspiring David Grbin, CFO for W.H. Soul Pattinson at our most recent emerging leaders’ event.

Sharing his knowledge and wisdom about his career journey, he spoke about what it takes to make that leap from a technical, numbers-driven finance professional into a transformational leadership role like a CFO; but in the context of knowing yourself and your worth, being aware of those around you and having the courage and the knowledge to know that you can’t go it alone.

The journey to self-discovery – what’s holding you back?

“We all move through three stages in life (and work) constantly: order, disorder, reorder… my main piece of advice would be to read your life backwards, so that you can move forward,” says David.

The purpose of this is to self-reflect, understand what your core offering is to future employers and take control, rather than reacting to the challenges you are presented with.

It’s also about being able to take a step back and look at the impact you have, as a leader, on those around you. Often in our careers, and life, we’re so focused on our own tasks and responsibilities, that we’re not paying attention to what’s going on around us.

“In a job, even after you’ve gone, the decisions you made will have lasting impact,” says David.

His advice? 

  • Take time out to stop and reflect – what impact do you want to have?
  • Let go of what people are telling you about life.
  • Listen to your own inner voice.
  • Harness the power of your imagination – we are all unique. Figure out what your value is.
  • Don’t be so reactive all the time and pushed to think or act a certain way.
  • Listen and learn from others – collect advice, ideas, insights and use them to help you move forward.

How to take that next step and move forward in your career

So, what do you do when you find yourself at a point in your career where you’re in unchartered territory? According to David, there are a few things that helped him to go from surviving to thriving.

“I stopped being a ‘firefighting CFO’ to a calm, collected and self-assured CFO who knew what he was doing and where he was going,” says David.

  • Don’t try to go it alone: no one person is an island. Reach out to others, bring them in to what you’re doing. You can’t change your mindset by yourself – let others help you and show you what areas you need to work on.
  • Find a coach: someone who is objective, knows business, and people.
  • Network: the real value of networking is making a genuine connection with someone, building trust and being able to support them on their journey. Don’t just think about what they can do for you, but what you can do for them.
  • Learn from those ahead of you: talk to people who have been there before you, you never know what nuggets of gold they may have to share.
  • Give back: help others, not for your own personal reward, but just to support someone on their own journey.   

The key to being a great leader

“I spent much of my late 20s to 30s accumulating technical skills in my career. But, then, one day you get to a point where they are no longer enough. You walk into the unknown and you have to evolve in order to move forward,” says David. 

When you get to the CFO level, it’s no longer just about your technical expertise, says David, but your ability to understand and build relationships with people, get to know the whole business and bring people along on the journey.

The role of the CFO is many things – but the most important things to remember, that it’s not just about the numbers, but the people. A truly successful leader will:

  • Focus on giving back and developing others – without expecting anything in return.
  • Know where they have the most impact and can drive positive change.
  • Work to their strengths and not try to be everything to everyone.
  • Know how to tell a story and take everyone along on the journey – and it can’t be all about the numbers. 
  • Be a trusted advisor to the CEO (which can take some time to establish, it doesn’t happen overnight).
  • Know that it’s okay to show vulnerability, as it helps you to be a better leader. We’re all human at the end of the day. 

If you would like support with your career journey, get in contact with us today on (02) 9262 4836. 

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Key Points From Andrew Cartledge's The Journey to CFO - How to Gain the Right Experience

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Moir Group hosted Andrew Cartledge the CFO of Wise Tech Global at our first Emerging Leaders event for 2018. He spoke about his journey to CFO - and how to gain the right experience. Here are some of my key takeaways from his presentation:

  • Have a concise clear message when talking to you manager/s (only a dozen bullet points). He learnt this in the global audit division and it has been key ever since in his roles.
  • Things get thrown at you, sit down and come up with a plan. Talk to people you know and get their advice on a solution. Know when to put up your hand and ask for help – could be internally or externally.
  • He took a side step from a divisional CFO role into a financial planning and analysis role in a bigger business. It gave him access to the CFO and the headquarters. Take those kinds of risks and recognise them for what they are - opportunities. Many of Andrew's roles were brand new and didn’t exist previously.
  • If you get the chance to get into a large scale financial planning and analysis role, take it. Andrew learnt the most in this role technically, commercially and communications wise.
  • As a manager - trust your team and “get out of the way”. Give them your views and then guide them. He grew the most when he “got out of the way”. He developed, and his team developed.
  • You must confront the challenges in your career. Need to trust senior people, that they have your best interests at heart.
  • Ask where the business is going to grow in the medium term. What role will you play in this over the medium term.
  • Be willing to take a step, use judgment, but there is some luck in it.
  • Be flexible and inquisitive. Andrew went on a fixed term assignment overseas. You get to build networks locally and overseas and develop a global network of people filled with different backgrounds and experiences.
  • Don’t ever stop learning. There are always new opportunities to develop new skills - take on the challenge. 

We host these Emerging Leaders events once a quarter, so please keep an eye on our event's page here if you are interested in attending the next one.

Written by Stephen Moir, Director

P: 02 9262 4836  M: 0431 895 236 stephenmoir@moirgroup.com.au

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