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The CGMA Magazine podcast series features conversations with executives and thought leaders in management accounting. We discuss topics including governance, risk management, performance management, technology, corporate strategy, and leadership. Interviews are conducted by CGMA Magazine editors.
 
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Ransomware is on the rise. Organisations of all sizes are at risk, and finance departments are at the forefront of identifying and mitigating ransomware risks. However, that diligence comes with its own challenges. To help organisations identify the growing risks and cost of ransomware, we talk with Gerry Glombicki, CPA, director with Fitch Ratings…
 
Finance’s role is evolving rapidly, which means the skills needed by finance professionals are changing. A recent FM Q&A series with finance leaders from around the world provided insight on skills that matter most. Hear this conversation with Alexis See Tho, an FM associate editor, and Barry Payne, the Association’s director of external relations …
 
Kuldeep Kaur, ACMA, CGMA, England Hockey’s finance and administration director, explains how scenario planning, data-led decision-making, and effective communication combined to lead the sport during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting Olympic Games scheduling uncertainty. What you’ll learn from this episode: An explanation of England Hockey’s …
 
When finance and accounting professionals think about ESG, it shouldn’t be limited to churning out sustainability reports. To enable real change in a company’s impact on environmental, social, and governance issues, they need to be part and parcel of long-term strategy. But how can that be done? In this episode, we hear from Michael Bueker, senior …
 
Sustainability has become a prominent topic of discussion in business, but it can mean different things to different people. Jeffrey Hales, Ph.D., professor of accounting at the University of Texas at Austin and chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), explains what it means to management accountants. As SASB chair, Hales h…
 
Jame DiBiasio, financial journalist and author of Cowries to Crypto: The History of Money, Currency, and Wealth, describes the long history of money, what the shift from Internet 1.0 to 2.0 means for trading large illiquid assets, and considerations for companies when dealing with bitcoin. He looks to a fintech future of wearable and implanted tech…
 
Building trust has always been important in business, and COVID-19 has served to highlight it, according to leadership and workplace culture expert Liz Lugt. In this interview, Lugt sets out the elements of “vulnerability-based trust” and how finance leaders can focus on being effective rather than only efficient. Lugt is speaking at the upcoming A…
 
Governments around the world are tightening anti-money laundering regulations and increasing noncompliance penalties. Management accountants are at the frontlines of money laundering risk. In this FM podcast episode, Matthew Russell, a London-based financial crime partner at PwC, discusses how finance professionals can address the changing anti-mon…
 
Alnoor Bhimani, Ph.D., professor of management accounting at the London School of Economics, thinks the finance and accounting profession has yet to fully understand the sweeping implications of today’s digitalised business models and operations. In this episode of the FM magazine podcast, he shares key findings from his new book, Accounting Disrup…
 
CIMA Member in Practice Fiona Bevan, ACMA, CGMA, describes recent trends in the UK SME sector and how her company, Bevan Financial Management Ltd, adapted to the COVID-19 crisis. She offers advice for SMEs — and larger businesses — on effective customer feedback and how businesses can improve and speed up their decision-making without losing contro…
 
Amy Radin, who serves on the board of directors of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, wrote an article in the December 2020 issue of FM with the headline “How CFOs Can Enable Innovation Now”. Radin is an author, adviser, and former corporate innovation executive, so she has keen insight into the topic, including ho…
 
Jeremy Hawkins, senior European economist at Econoday, provides an overview of the UK and Europe’s economic landscape two months on from the signing of the UK-EU post-Brexit trade deal and a year from the start of the coronavirus pandemic. He highlights the sectors likely to bounce back more rapidly and those that could struggle to regain lost grou…
 
Rhymer Rigby shared advice for how to deal with co-workers’ annoying habits and how to succeed in remote meetings in previous FM podcasts. This episode is the conclusion of a three-part conversation with Rigby, a regular career contributor to FM. He responds to questions about how career management has changed since the onset of COVID-19, how recru…
 
CIMA President Nick Jackson, FCMA, CGMA, says finance leaders have a fundamental role in building resilience -- both for themselves and their teams. They also need to invest to ensure employees are equipped with the right tools and have access to the right data to do their job effectively. What you’ll learn from this episode: The meaning of “resili…
 
At the end of 2020, Rhymer Rigby addressed how workers could deal with some of their colleagues’ annoying habits. In 2021, discussion of remote-work relationships continues with Rigby, a regular FM magazine contributor and the author of the book The Careerist: Over 100 Ways to Get Ahead at Work. In this episode, Rigby is prompted to revisit a comme…
 
For some of us, pet peeves or complaints regarding co-workers have been diminished or taken away by COVID-19 and remote work. But the new remote realm has created more ways in which others get under our skin, even from a distance. Career expert Rhymer Rigby shares more on the quibbles we have with colleagues and how to resolve them in the first of …
 
Rebecca McCaffry, FCMA, CGMA, associate technical director–Research & Development, Management Accounting at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, is author of the recent CGMA report, The Power of People: Business Relationships in Difficult Times (CIMA member login required). She describes in this episode how managemen…
 
When shopping for vegetables, do you look for “aubergine” or “eggplant”? What you say depends on where you learned English. US copy editor Pam Nelson and UK writer Samantha White discuss the rise of “awesome”, why some seemingly simple words have different pronunciations in the UK and US, and more. What you’ll learn from this episode: How English s…
 
COVID-19 has reinforced the importance of adaptability for Jo Hunter, ACMA, CGMA. She has been living that lesson for much of 2020. Hunter works part time in a finance role with GlaxoSmithKline. She also plays forward for Great Britain’s national team in field hockey. Team GB is the reigning Olympic champion from 2016, but its quest to win a second…
 
Even without the disruption of COVID-19, budgeting and forecasting for the year ahead are challenging tasks requiring months of back-and-forth negotiations between departments and senior management. Prabhu Sivabalan, professor of accounting at the UTS Business School in Sydney, who has spent years researching budgeting, talks about the problem with…
 
CIMA President Nick Jackson, FCMA, CGMA, is a strong advocate for responsible business. The theme for his presidential year is “responsible financial leadership”, and in this episode he shares how businesses can go beyond shareholder considerations and adopt a sustainable, multi-stakeholder approach to value creation. What you’ll learn from this ep…
 
In this interview recorded before COVID-19 had fully taken hold, Heather Baxter, ACMA, CGMA, administrative director at the Royal Ballet in London, describes the company’s funding model and complex multi-season budgeting process. She also gives advice for management accountants on developing careers in the arts that are interesting if sometimes non…
 
The remote work revolution has been accelerated dramatically as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. How our work environments look in the next year remains unsettled, but some changes are already evident. Career expert and author Rhymer Rigby, a regular contributor to FM, offers advice for workers who no longer commute to an office, wonders why v…
 
Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, chief executive–Management Accounting at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, reacts to the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Summer Economic Update and describes UK advocacy efforts on behalf of Association members. What you’ll learn from this episode: - Details of the 20 recovery suggesti…
 
Loretta Outhwaite, FCMA, CGMA, a director and CFO with a particular interest in wellbeing, shares tactics leaders and managers can use to better support employees in these turbulent times. What you’ll learn from this episode: - The way people cope with uncertainty and stress differs from person to person, but there are ways managers can spot the si…
 
Whether you are making a big speech as a CFO or having a one-to-one business conversation, there are simple ways to ensure your message is heard, says speechwriter, author, and TEDx speaker Simon Lancaster. What you’ll learn from this episode: - How you can enhance your communication by “painting pictures”. - Why the use of metaphors is so powerful…
 
Many organisations have had to rethink their business continuity plans in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic — if they had a plan to begin with. Cecilia Locati, FCMA, CGMA, the founder of consulting company Internal Control Toolbox, has worked with organisations of many types, and she shares where they fall on the spectrum between “no plan” and “wor…
 
CIMA President Amal Ratnayake, FCMA, CGMA, who is also CFO of the Official Community Corporation in Canada, and Sherin Cader, CFO of the financial services industry group and executive vice-president at John Keells Holdings Plc in Sri Lanka, discuss the skills and experience needed to become a trusted and effective CFO. What you’ll learn from this …
 
Tim Burghout, ACMA, CGMA, the head of finance and accounting for Metro China, a wholesale cash and carry, tells about how he built a playbook as changes due to the novel coronavirus progressed, why it’s important to take time thinking through decisions, and why we see empty shelves in supermarkets. What you’ll learn from this episode: - Burghout’s …
 
Numerous in-person professional events have been shifted to online only, delayed by months, or cancelled in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. That doesn’t mean that we can’t strengthen connections with those we know or make new business contacts, according to Todd Cohen, a consultant, speaker, and author. What you’ll learn from this epi…
 
When one country after another took measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, BrewDog faced a 70% drop in revenue because customers could no longer visit its 102 bars worldwide. The Scottish brewer, distiller, and bar operator decided to switch from producing gin, vodka, and rum to making hand sanitiser. Ben Press, ACMA, CGMA, BrewDog’s retai…
 
Chris Clearfield, author of Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It, talks to FM magazine senior editor Drew Adamek about how the coronavirus pandemic is exposing complexity in global supply chains, trade, and economies. Clearfield offers advice on how finance professionals can improve their strategic decision-making in the face …
 
Byron Patrick, CPA/CITP, CGMA, knows what he is talking about when it comes to technology — he co-authored FM’s popular 2019 article "100 Quick Technology Tips", which included ways to save time when using email. In this podcast episode, he shares more advice on how to use email effectively: what to do, what not to do, and why you should think twic…
 
Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, companies in Asia have been dealing with supply chain disruptions and have implemented large-scale work-from-home policies to keep the business going. What can companies in other parts of the world learn from their experience? Guru Balasubramaniam, ACMA, CGMA, acting managing director of Rentokil Initial…
 
Organisations that have agility built into their budgets are better equipped to pivot when needed, as when major events such as the spread of the coronavirus occur. They also will be more prepared for the next crisis, according to Steve Player, CPA, CGMA, the owner of consulting firm The Player Group. “This won’t be the last pandemic we face,” Play…
 
Strong risk management practices can’t stop the spread of the coronavirus, but strong planning and the ability to adapt can help mitigate its consequences. For lessons on the short- and long-term steps organisations should take in bracing for the full effects of the global outbreak of the coronavirus, hear advice from Mark Beasley, CPA, a professor…
 
Dan Crumb, CPA, CGMA, has been CFO of the Kansas City Chiefs for ten seasons, the last of which was the most exciting — the Chiefs won the US National Football League’s Super Bowl championship game earlier this month. Crumb shares insights on taking a simplified approach to innovation, the value of thinking like an owner, and the thrill of hearing …
 
The big ideas that lead to innovative business changes may seem to happen outside traditional structures, but it’s important for organisations to be strategic when it comes to setting the stage for innovation to occur. Accounting tech expert Donny Shimamoto, CPA/CITP, CGMA, offers up the key components that entities should consider to stay ahead of…
 
AMI Partners, an independent research firm, connected with financial decision-makers in over 500 SMBs across six countries (Australia, Canada, France, Japan, UK, and US) to better understand the “before and after” experiences of implementing automated travel and expense solutions. In this branded podcast, Nikki Hollis, regional sales director at SA…
 
Risk management functions that operate in lockstep with a company’s digital transformation efforts tend to perform better. But how do they get there? Brian Schwartz, a PwC partner, shares the traits of digitally fit risk functions and the characteristics that separate dynamic risk functions from peers.…
 
In part two of this conversation with Emily Wilson, vice-president of research at Terbium Labs, we return to our conversation about how the dark web amplifies fraud risk for finance departments. In this episode, we explore what to do if you discover your data on the dark web, how to mitigate the damage of a data breach, and what the future of the d…
 
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