CFO Lunchtime Live Series

One of the good things to come out of the pandemic in 2020 was the launch of the CFO Series ‘CFO Lunchtime Live”. With the inability to run face to face events the CFO Series producers pivoted quickly to go “online” to be able to continue to deliver exceptional content for CFOs & Finance Leaders in Asia Pacific.

Having played the role of MC at the hugely popular CFO Series Breakfast events in 2018 and 2019 I was asked if I wanted to be the “host” of some of the “Lunchtime Live” webcasts. I jumped at the opportunity to be able to interview some exceptional CFOs, Finance Leaders and Business Leaders across Australia & NewZealand !

Following many of the webcasts, journalists Alexandra Cain and Nina Hendy have been putting together fantastic summaries of the discussions. As each of these have some really practical takeaways I’ve decided to start recording these below ! The latest will always be at the top and for some a link to the webcast is also provided ! Click ‘Continue Reading’ to go to the articles !

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Chargebee Champions of Change Podcast

It was great to be asked to be part of the Chargebee Champions of Change Podcast. They have had some amazing guests so it is humbling to be asked to join their impressive list ! https://www.chargebee.com/champions-of-change/podcast/

You can listen to my podcast here https://www.chargebee.com/champions-of-change/podcast/james-solomons/

The Numbers People Podcast

It is not often that I talk about my career specifically or in any real detail, preferring to share the learnings from my professional journey. As it is my mistakes and experiences that can help others in their own journey. However when Richard Holmes from “hpr Consulting” reached out and asked me to come onto his Podcast “The Numbers People” to tell the story of my career to date I gave it some thought, and decided that because someone was asking me about my career, it was ok to indulge a little!.

The preceding 35 interviewees are an impressive bunch of finance and business leaders, so to join them on the Podcast series list is pretty cool.

You can listen to the Podcast on Apple or Spotify. Let me know what you think !


How You Can Move Past Financial Difficulties to Start a New Business

Guest Author – Tina Martin – ideasinspired.com

If you have been contemplating making a move into entrepreneurship, what’s holding you back? For many, past financial hardship or losses may make them reluctant to take this first step. They may worry that past mistakes will return to haunt them, or that potential lenders or investors will be put off by anything less than perfect on their financial record. If you have a viable idea for a business, however, you should not be prevented from pursuing it, even if you are still recovering from financial difficulties. Here are some guidelines for moving away from past setbacks and into a more promising future as a business owner.

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Should Your Organisation Allow Pets At Work? Here Are The Five Benefits Of Bringing Your Dog To The Workplace (Guest Post)

Guest Author: Sarah Walker, Founder of Dog Food Desire
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We see a rise in the number of companies permitting a pet at work. This has become more popular after gigantic multi-millionaire companies like Amazon and Google have welcomed this new thought. 

And why not? It makes complete sense why you should be allowed pets at work. There are some obvious pros and cons to it. But if we dive into the benefits, you will notice dramatically it helps a corporation. 

But why should companies work on it? Here are a couple of encouraging reasons why businesses can look into it and reconsider their animal policies at work. 

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CFOs must have a vision for the future – CFO Series

Performing the role of CFO in a startup is very different to that of the CFO in large enterprise. CFO in a hyper growth startup is different again ! Alexandra Cain has written a great piece capturing the themes from my interview of Graham Burdis, CFO at v2food.

This article was first published on the CFO Magazine website here

v2Food has followed an incredible trajectory since it was founded only two years ago. Since then, the business has raised $130 million from investors and become the top plant-based meat company in Australia.

Chief Financial Officer Graham Burdis has been at the helm throughout that time, positioning the business to become a billion-dollar entity in the future.

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Mental Health for CFOs – CFO Magazine

A year ago today, I was interviewed by Nina Hendy on the impact of the ‘just surging’ pandemic on a CFO’s mental health. It was an unprecedented time and it required so much time and effort to effectively navigate un-chartered waters and be prepared for a long forecasted fallout from what was effectively a global economic shutdown.

As a business in the hiring space everything had to be reviewed. All costs, all revenues, all staff. Failure of a public company is not an option. It was the most stressful period of my 20 years as an accountant. As we come out of the other side of the pandemic the way we do business has changed forever.

The topics covered back then are just as relevant right now. If there are any CFOs, Finance leaders or business leaders suffering, please reach out to me or contact BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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