Our 2017 journey – We are ready for 2018 !

Our 2017 journey – We are ready for 2018 !

First of all Best Wishes to all of you for a great New Year – “May your wishes for 2018 become a great recollection in 2019 !

“2017 has been a rollercoaster” is the least I can say about last year.

Being a startup in a (very) competitive environment (Finance Interim Management), we had our ups and downs for sure. I feel blessed to have been able to meet so many inspiring & talented people.

In 2017 we targeted matching Temporary Assignments for Controllers, Finance & Accounting Managers and CFO’s with our Entrepreneurial Freelancers - and we will continue to do so in 2018.

End 2016 we also decided to bring highly qualitative and strong content-driven sessions to our different type of audiences: Customers/Prospects and Interim Managers.

 

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The CFO of the Future acting as a Business Partner

The CFO of the Future acting as a Business Partner

Last Friday we hosted an exciting CFO dinner around "The CFO of the Future"with peers from very diverse companies such as ENI, Indaver, Oracle, McBride, Alliance LS, Thermo Fisher Scientific, NHV, Groep Zorg H. Familie, Recomatics, ...

This session was a 1st deep-dive into 1 of the 4 pillars (Business Partnering, Strategic Direction, Technology, People Management) identified as Critical Key Areas for the "The CFO of the Future".

Isabelle Van Iseghem, current CFO at MediaGeniX Next Generation, accepted the role as moderator/facilitator and made it a very interactive, highly-valued and fun Dinner.

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Year End Close is around the corner – Only 8 (!!!) more weeks to go…

Year End Close is around the corner – Only 8 (!!!) more weeks to go…

Everybody in Finance has probably the same mixed feelings about Q4 and Year End.

On the one hand we love it: spending quality time with family & friends (Sinterklaas (BE/NL), Year End Dinners & Receptions, ...) , enjoying Christmas vibes, taking some well-deserved time off after a long and very intense year.

On the other hand we fear what is around the corner.

We know there will be very challenging times ahead at the office... Sooo many tasks to be performed to ensure a smooth Year End Closing – with, unfortunately, sooo limited time & resources to do so... 

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Breakfast Session The CFO of the Future: DEMO Cashforce

Breakfast Session The CFO of the Future: DEMO Cashforce

Last Friday we had another Breakfast session at ING Metropool. Keeping in mind the Slogan "Never change a winning team", we kept the same recipe as compared to previous sessions: 1. Strong Content, 2. Limited # of Attendees, 3. From the Field.

First of all, the starting point of our discussion was a CFO Dinner moderated by Geert Peeters, CFO Metallo Group, early June around "The CFO of the Future".

During that session 4 pillars were identified as Critical Key Areas for the CFO's going forward :

  1. Business Partnering
  2. Strategic Direction
  3. Technology
  4. People Management
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The CFO of the Future - "Through the eyes of a CEO"

The CFO of the Future - "Through the eyes of a CEO"

How to summarize a 1,5 hr Breakfast Session with 10 CFO's together with the CEO of one of the most discussed banks of the past year? Let me try to share some key points that have been discussed.

First of all the starting point of our discussion was a CFO Dinner moderated by Geert Peeters, CFO Metallo Group, early June around "The CFO of the Future". During that session 4 pillars were identified as Critical Key Areas for the CFO's going forward :

  1. Business Partnering
  2. Strategic Direction
  3. Technology
  4. People Management
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CFO Dinner - "The CFO of the Future"

CFO Dinner - "The CFO of the Future"

Last Thursday we had another very inspiring CFO Dinner. And it turned out not to be your ordinary dinner!

A boat full of inspiring and talented "CFO's of the Future" (Metallo Group, Showpad, Securitas, Jaguar Landrover, NHV, Orac, Finvision, ...) sailed us through the city of Ghent to our Restaurant. And the sailor happend to be me... The sailing lessons (thank you Katrien Devos !) definitely helped to bring this boat of highly valued human capital safely back and forth to the haven.

 

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CFO Connect "Process Optimization in Finance" - an impression

CFO Connect "Process Optimization in Finance" - an impression

Last Friday May 19th we had our quarterly CFO Breakfast session: Process Optimization in Finance.

Never change a winning team!

So the Ingredients stayed the same as per the previous successful sessions: Hands-on, From the field, sharing expertise & experience, great attendees, skilled presenter and a super nice location (thank you Joris and ING !).

For last week's session we were happy to host multiple CFO's from companies such as Fujirebio, Concentra Group, Van Breda Risk & Benefits, BMW Centrauto, Jaguar Landrover Benelux, ... and a very skilled Interim Manager presenting - Christian Vanden Broucke - Thanks for your highly valued & interactive Presentation Christian!

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Sales meet Finance: impression of our workshop

Sales meet Finance: impression of our workshop

Last week we had our Monthly Workshop for Interim Managers, one that I was specifically looking forward to since the launch of Finance - and Salesbuilders last year - "Sales meets Finance"

Why? I was eager to listen and learn from our colleague and founder of Salesbuilders, David Van Malcot. An inspiring expert in Sales and Sales Management with more than 19 years of experience in both B2B and B2C commercial environments.

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Conflict Handling: Impression of our Workshop

Conflict Handling: Impression of our Workshop

After our CFO Dinner "The Future Role of the CFO" last week, we were already hosting a new workshop for Interim Managers yesterday: "Conflict Handling".

A topic chosen by the Interim Managers themselves - When doing a temporary assignment you might/could be confronted with a conflict...

Our experienced speaker yesterday was Sandra Peeters, an expert in HR, project and change management and certified conflict mediator. The right woman on the right place at the right time.

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CFO Dinner - "The Future Role of the CFO"

CFO Dinner - "The Future Role of the CFO"

Yesterday we had our 2nd "CFO Dinner", moderated by Rudy Aernoudt and hosted by Financebuilders. The combination of an interesting topic - The Future Role of the CFO - , an inspiring moderator, energized attendees (f.ex. ISS, Intersoc, Proximus, Sisera, HR/Valuebuilders, Cashforce, ...) and a tasteful location (Bien Soigné) made this a very inspiring experience.

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Workshop "The Leadership Compass"​ - An Impression

Workshop "The Leadership Compass"​ - An Impression

The new year has started. And how!! We kicked it off with a Workshop for Interim Managers facilitated by Helena Demuynck - "The Leadership Compass"

Knowing Helena already for + 20 years, Thursday evening was actually the 1st time we worked together! Thank you Helena.

With +20 attendees, a lot of interaction, humor and valuable content this session was highly valued and therefore also rated as such. Quotes like "very concrete", "interactive", "valuable content", "eager to learn more" & "very nice atmosphere"reflected the positive vibes throughout the whole session.

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Workshop Reporting in Excel & More... An Impression

Workshop Reporting in Excel & More... An Impression

December 15th we had our 2nd Workshop with @FINANCEbuilders.

Expectations were set high, definitely after a previous high-quality session with Kathleen Granjé on Cashflow Optimisation.

We had 3 speakers, gradually building up on Reporting Possibilities: from Excel MSBI, to Excel4apps and ending with EMAsphere - the fully integrated dashboard.

Thanks to Paul Tolsma, Patrick Beernaert en Vittorio Vercammen for another succesful Workshop.

 

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