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Leadership development can set you apart from your peers so you can advance your career. This podcast is hosted by Stephen McLain, a U.S. Army-Retired Finance Officer. After retirement, Stephen transitioned to working as a Team Member and Business Consultant in Corporate Finance and Accounting. In the Finance and Accounting professions, we tend to have great technical expertise, but there is a leadership skills gap. This podcast will be dedicated to leadership development for Finance and Accounting professionals, where we will focus on leadership topics such as providing a purpose for our team, building trust, improving communication, and developing our team. Please listen to the trailer so you can check it out. Thank you!

Leadership development can set you apart from your peers so you can advance your career. This podcast is hosted by Stephen McLain, a U.S. Army-Retired Finance Officer. After retirement, Stephen transitioned to working as a Team Member and Business Consultant in Corporate Finance and Accounting. In the Finance and Accounting professions, we tend to have great technical expertise, but there is a leadership skills gap. This podcast will be dedicated to leadership development for Finance and Accounting professionals, where we will focus on leadership topics such as providing a purpose for our team, building trust, improving communication, and developing our team. Please listen to the trailer so you can check it out. Thank you!

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Leadership development can set you apart from your peers so you can advance your career. This podcast is hosted by Stephen McLain, a U.S. Army-Retired Finance Officer. After retirement, Stephen transitioned to working as a Team Member and Business Consultant in Corporate Finance and Accounting. In the Finance and Accounting professions, we tend to have great technical expertise, but there is a leadership skills gap. This podcast will be dedicated to leadership development for Finance and Accounting professionals, where we will focus on leadership topics such as providing a purpose for our team, building trust, improving communication, and developing our team. Please listen to the trailer so you can check it out. Thank you!

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English


Episodes

064: The CFO Mindset

10/12/2021
The Role of Chief Financial Officer requires a different mindset, a different world view, and a perspective that helps you see the organization differently. The CFO must be forward thinking and must never quit. The following outline is used during the episode: You can now purchase a course to help you advance your career from financeleaderacademy.com. It's called Advance Your Finance and Accounting Career: Developing a Promotion Strategy that Sets You Apart. Please join The Finance Leader...

Duration:00:18:24

Bonus Episode 28: Your Future Senior Leader Role

10/5/2021
This is the time to prepare for your future senior leader role. Don’t wait until you are a senior manager looking to break into a more junior executive position. Work on the key skills today and change your mindset. You can now purchase a course to help you advance your career from financeleaderacademy.com. It's called Advance Your Finance and Accounting Career: Developing a Promotion Strategy that Sets You Apart. Please join The Finance Leader Podcast Community Facebook Group, where we...

Duration:00:18:15

Bonus Episode 27: Coaching Leads to Better Results

9/28/2021
This week I am sharing an encore episode from Season 6 – Episode 48, Coaching Leads to Better Results. I believe that everyone needs coaching, because great coaching can help us see things in our life and our career that we can’t see and the best coaching happens when the coach guides, but we actually discover the answers ourselves. When we self-discover what’s lacking or where we are falling short, we are more likely to own the solution. This is why coaching is critical. As mentioned in...

Duration:00:18:50

Bonus Episode 26: Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

9/21/2021
There are so many ways in which we limit ourselves from achieving our goals. A self-imposed limit is defeating ourselves before we even begin. Once we convince ourselves that there are no limits to what we can do and achieve, we become unstoppable in the pursuit of our dreams. You have lots of potential…potential for greatness if you believe in yourself. Rid yourselves of these self-imposed limits and free yourself to act. I have something for you. Consider joining The Finance Leader...

Duration:00:17:50

Bonus Episode 25: Stop Playing It Safe

9/14/2021
The Finance and Accounting professionals who stay in their comfort zones and only do their daily tasks, will not get the same opportunities as those who get on high visibility projects and who are constantly improving themselves. You may be seen as reliable and trustworthy within the tasks you are given, but you will not be given additional responsibility or a promotion unless you can prove you can do more. I have something for you. Consider joining The Finance Leader Podcast Community...

Duration:00:20:16

Bonus Episode 24: Finding a Mentor

9/7/2021
I believe in having the right mentor, and that is someone outside your current work situation who can really help you fine tune your career strategy and even help you make some key connections for your future. The best mentor is someone you were worked with in the past, but are not working with now. They know you, they know your abilities, at least in the past, and they know your goals. I have something for you. Consider joining The Finance Leader Podcast Community Facebook Group, where we...

Duration:00:18:35

063: Self-awareness and Reading the Room

8/31/2021
Leaders must be self-aware of their thoughts, actions, words and behaviors so they are constantly working to build trust and develop their teams. Self-aware leaders know what is appropriate and what isn’t appropriate. Emotionally intelligent leaders can read the room properly that leads to a positive outcome. The following outline is used during the episode: I have something for you. Consider joining The Finance Leader Podcast Community Facebook Group, where we can talk leadership and the...

Duration:00:13:34

062: What Leaders Do

8/24/2021
The most important responsibility leaders have is to grow other leaders. The first task a great leader will do is to build trust and that begins with our own actions, our attitude, and our behavior. We often get overwhelmed with the tasks, but I want you to shift from a task-focus to a people-focus leadership style. Lead and set a great example, build trust, and empower your team to create an incredible environment for your team to grow. I use the following outline during the episode: I...

Duration:00:16:41

061: Earning Your Annual Continuing Professional Education Credits

8/17/2021
This week, I am talking about developing your plan for earning continuing professional education credits. Continual learning in the Finance and Accounting fields is essential to developing your expertise and establishing your credibility. Ensure you approach earning your annual CPEs by planning them out and adding them to your Individual Development Plan. I want to encourage you to be proactive and not wait until it’s time to recertify and renew to earn CPEs, which usually forces you to...

Duration:00:16:01

060: Partner with Senior Leaders to Execute the Strategy

8/10/2021
Finance and Accounting professionals should be partnering with senior leaders and their teams to better execute the organization’s strategy. We know the numbers and can better deliver insights when we open communication instead of staying in our usual stoved-piped function. I want to encourage you to get out of your comfort zone to open a constructive dialogue with senior leaders. I use the following outline during the episode: I have something for you. Consider joining The Finance Leader...

Duration:00:14:14

059: Perfecting Your Presentation Skills

8/3/2021
Working on a group project that presents to senior leaders is a great opportunity to show off your skills and get recognized for your potential. Performing your daily duties will not move your career but taking risk by working on a group project can definitely move it along. Ensure you are improving and perfecting your group presentation skills to leave an outstanding impression of your abilities. I use the following outline during the episode: Here is the link to Toastmasters:...

Duration:00:15:19

058: Building Your Professional Foundation

7/27/2021
Build your professional foundation which includes your education, earning a professional certification, and growing your business knowledge. Your Foundation establishes your professional credibility and expertise, which is key to being a sought-after Finance and Accounting Leader. Embrace a life-long learning mindset to firmly establish your Professional Foundation. The following outline is used during the episode: I have something for you. Consider joining The Finance Leader Podcast...

Duration:00:15:02

057: Own Your Career

7/20/2021
What happens during your career journey mostly rests upon decisions you make along with your risk comfort level. Are you planning out your career moves or are you waiting on someone else to give you an opportunity? No one is going to seek you out to hand you what you need to achieve your goals and advance your career. I have something for you. Consider joining The Finance Leader Podcast Community Facebook Group, where we can talk leadership and the other topics I present here on the...

Duration:00:15:38

Bonus Episode 23: Season 7 Introduction

7/13/2021
Next week, July 20th, Season 7 will debut, and I will be talking about career advancement strategy and how you can set yourself apart. Topics and areas of focus will be owning your career, what do leaders do, how to partner with senior leaders, perfecting our presentation skills, self-awareness and reading the room, and a few others. I have something for you. Consider joining The Finance Leader Podcast Community Facebook Group, where we can talk leadership and the other topics I present...

Duration:00:26:26

056: Interview with Army-Retired Colonel and Author David Fivecoat

7/6/2021
I am sharing my interview with Army-Retired Colonel David Fivecoat, Managing Partner of The Fivecoat Consulting Group (thefivecoatconsultinggroup.com). David has a book coming out in July which discusses the leadership attribute “grit.” During the interview, we talked about leadership, dealing with adversity and leading change. For more resources, please visit stephenmclain.com. On the website, you can download the Leadership Growth Blueprint for Finance and Accounting Managers. You can use...

Duration:00:32:33

Bonus Episode 22: Our Mental Health

6/29/2021
I have noticed over the last few months on all my social media timelines that people are talking more about their mental health. It’s become a very hot topic. Our mental health is key to our long-term success, our relationships, our view of ourselves, and many other aspects of our lives. Please visit a mental health professional to discuss your individual mental health concerns. For more resources, please visit stephenmclain.com. On the website, you can download the Leadership Growth...

Duration:00:04:07

Bonus Episode 21: Becoming Coachable

6/22/2021
This week, I want to share an encore episode from earlier this year, Episode 37, Becoming Coachable to Improve Performance. Being open to feedback and to constructive criticism is key to our long-term development. I am encouraging you to be open to listening to feedback when it comes your way, then evaluate it and then make a decision if you want to apply it. If you are not open to receiving feedback, then you might miss something incredible that you can apply to your life or career. You...

Duration:00:17:00

055: Talent Management Executive Kevin Richie Interview Part 2

6/15/2021
This week, I am sharing the second part of a two-part special interview with Talent Management Executive Kevin Richie. Last week, I shared Part 1, which was a tremendous success. This week, the interview focuses on what it means to be successful and taking risk in your career. For more resources, please visit stephenmclain.com. On the website, you can download the Leadership Growth Blueprint for Finance and Accounting Managers. You can use this guide to develop your leadership by focusing...

Duration:00:15:54

054: Talent Management Executive Kevin Richie Interview Part 1

6/8/2021
This week, I am sharing the first part of a two-part interview with Talent Management Executive Kevin Richie as I wrap up Season 6. We talk about Leadership, Team Culture, Recruiting and Hiring new team members, Setting Expectations, Performance Reviews, and Coaching. For more resources, please visit stephenmclain.com. On the website, you can download the Leadership Growth Blueprint for Finance and Accounting Managers. You can use this guide to develop your leadership by focusing on...

Duration:00:38:25

053: Conducting a More Effective Weekly Team Meeting

6/1/2021
An effective weekly team meeting should help your team members and not just you. Your team should walk away more informed and knowing they will be better resourced and what they are working on has been synchronized within the team. Your meeting needs a well-defined purpose and not just a “check the block” approach each week. Begin by sending out an agenda ahead of the meeting so everyone can be more prepared, which will make it an overall more productive experience. I discuss the topic...

Duration:00:16:17