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What does Samuel Dergel think?

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Great question. You should know that you are not the only one with this issue. There is a good chance that many people at the same event or...
Eddie, I agree that you should have goals and a plan to get there. I do believe that is more than just about work product, but having your own vision...
Great conversation on the topic. Thanks to Jason for starting it and for everyone else that contributed. (FYI - I have not paid Wayne for plugging my...
CFO Relationships are a key component of my recent book "Guide to CFO Success". The CFO / CEO Relationship is certainly one of the most important...
This person is stuck in the between the proverbial "rock and a hard place." It really comes down to doing the right thing. Only the person in this...
This is an interesting topic - partially because my book "Guide to CFO Success" has been recently published. I had an opportunity in March to lead a...
From my perspective, the candidate pool is not shrinking. It is the 'most relevant and appropriate candidate pool' that is shrinking. It's shrinking...
Is it appropriate to ask? Yes, as part of trying to understand the company you are considering and being considered for. Sometimes business owners...
Chris, I was once (last decade) involved with recruitment for accounting professionals for a tobacco company, and I have to say that the company had...
There are 3 types of interim CFOs Caretaker - when the current CFO leaves and an internal candidate is put in as a stop gap until the new CFO is...
CFO moves happen when something major at a company changes. PE Backed firms are, by definition, in flux, and CFOs are stuck in the middle between...
Thanks Regis for the credit. Innovative can be important, but it has to be relevant and appropriate. One example of appropriate is a the use of a...
In short, invisibility is no longer an option for successful CFOs. Your employer gains from your visibility. Your career gains from your visibility....
Yes. We do know. Not only do we know, it could very well be the reason we are speaking with you about the opportunity in the first place.
When I am doing a search for a senior financial executive, I am looking for the specifics of the role. When I am looking for you, I know where to...
When it comes to your career, you need to realize that you're in sales, and your product is you. Any sales professional will tell you that it takes...
Valerie. There may be recruiters out there that `build large lists on linkedin` because they have an 'agenda'. Great recruiters build relationships...
Carter, When you say 'use them to my advantage', what do you mean? (Finance people [in general] hate to be sold to. So when someone approaches them...
Most CFOs that became CEOs were promoted internally. I have seen few that have been hired as CEO by another company if they never had a CEO role...
Thank you Chris for pointing to my blog on the topic. (see link above) One new CFO I spoke with in the last few week, when asked how things were at...
Hello Robert, The first step is to have a recruitment program targeting students - which you already have. The next step is to market the program...
Never. If you're not convinced - go ahead and accept the counteroffer. You're not going to be thrilled with the results. I could be wrong. I've been...
Let's agree that the worst way to network is to sit at your desk. I'm a believer that networking without a plan is a waste of time and not effective...
You're the new CFO - You need a PLAN. As part of your First 90 Days as CFO, you need to plan what you're going to do. Hiring is part of it, but it...
To Anonymous and everyone who commented to this point: Great conversation! Too many CFOs think that job search has 2 positions, like a light switch:...