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The Oxford Advanced Finance Leaders Program

Overview:

Introduction:

This seminar brings together some of the most important areas of management, leadership, and financial management: Mastering People Management & Team Leadership Skills, and Financial Analysis, Planning, and Control.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Understand their role as manager and leader
  • Establish clear objectives and standards of performance for their team
  • Manage their workload using effective prioritization, delegation, and information management techniques
  • Maximize their influencing skills
  • Develop and leverage the capabilities of team members
  • Expose to a range of different approaches to leadership and management practice, allowing them to select those most suitable for their situation and personal style.
  • Experiment with key techniques before applying them in the workplace will help build the confidence to move beyond traditional assumptions about the ‘right’ way to manage.
  • Broaden their financial knowledge to enable them to develop and manage the financial aspects of their role more effectively and improve performance
  • Acquire the ability when involved in decisions about investment, operations, or financing, to choose the most appropriate tools from the wide variety of financial techniques available to provide quantitative analysis.
  • Understand the financial tools and techniques that support an organization’s planning and control, concerning their departments or business units, as well as their businesses.

Targeted Audience:

  • Managers, Supervisors, and Team Leaders
  • Project Management Professionals
  • Human Resources and other Non-financial Areas
  • Accountants
  • Financial Analysts
  • Auditors
  • Financial Personnel and Senior Finance Professionals
  • Professionals who want to better understand the financial aspects of their roles

Course Outlines:

Unit 1: Understanding Your Role:

  • Leader or manager?
  • Self-perception
  • Beyond the job description: finding out what your organization requires of you
  • Balancing conflicting stakeholder demands
  • Understanding the nature of change
  • A model for implementing change

Unit 2: Personal Effectiveness, Time Management, and Delegation:

  • Understanding yourself and your organizational environment
  • Outcome orientation
  • Setting personal and team objectives
  • Managing performance
  • Finding and using time effectively
  • A model for effective delegation

Unit 3: Communication, Influence & Conflict Management:

  • Channels of communication
  • Effective listening skills
  • Emotions and rapport
  • Persuasion and negotiation: the keys to personal influence
  • Managing conflict assertively

Unit 4: Team Building, People Management, and Motivation:

  • How high-performing teams work?
  • Identifying team roles
  • Teams in practice: teambuilding exercise
  • Motivation and reward
  • Building and sharing a vision
  • Different approaches to leadership

Unit 5: Enhancing Team Performance through Coaching and Development:

  • How do people learn?
  • Coaching for personal and team growth
  • Feedback skills
  • Development planning
  • Next steps

Unit 6: The Challenge of Financial Economic Decision-Making:

  • The practice of financial-economic analysis
  • Corporate value and shareholder value
  • A dynamic perspective of business Benchmarking your own strategic position/competitor analysis
  • The agency problem and corporate governance
  • What information and data to use?
  • The nature of financial statements
  • The context of financial analysis and decision-making

Unit 7: Assessment of Business Performance:

  • Ratio analysis and business performance
  • Management’s point of view
  • Owners’ point of view
  • Lenders’ point of view
  • Ratios as a system – pyramids of ratios
  • Integration of financial performance analysis – the Dupont system
  • Economic value added (EVA)
  • Predicting financial distress

Unit 8: Projection of Financial Requirements:

  • Interrelationship of financial projections
  • Operating budgets
  • Standard costing and variance analysis
  • Cash forecasts and cash budgets
  • Sensitivity analysis
  • Dynamics and growth of the business system
  • Operating leverage
  • Financial growth plans
  • Financial modeling

Unit 9: Analysis of Investment Decisions:

  • Applying time-adjusted measures
  • Net present value (NPV) and internal rate of return (IRR)
  • Strategic perspective
  • EVA and NPV
  • Refinements of investment analysis
  • Equivalent annual cost (EAC)
  • Modified internal rate of return (MIRR)
  • Sensitivity analysis, scenario analysis, simulation, and NPV break-even
  • Dealing with risk and changing circumstances

Unit 10: Valuation and Business Performance:

  • Managing for shareholder value
  • Shareholder value creation in perspective
  • Evolution of value-based methodologies
  • Creating value in restructuring and combinations
  • Financial strategy in acquisitions
  • Business valuation
  • Business restructuring and reorganizations
  • Management buy outs (MBOs) and management buy-ins (MBIs)

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