6 episodes

Chats with NZ's Accounting and Finance people.

Counting the Numbers Sarah Bailey

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Chats with NZ's Accounting and Finance people.

    Finance Director to General Manager – What do you have to focus on and let go of?

    Finance Director to General Manager – What do you have to focus on and let go of?

    In this episode I am joined my Matthew Clews, we talked about his move from Finance Director to Interim GM at Redbull.

    We discussed  -

    1.           Establishing yourself credibly; getting everyone aligned on the same path

    2.           Transitioning from routine responsibilities to being supportive on a wider level

    3.           What the hardest part to give up as a senior finance person moving into a GM capacity was



    It is certainly a path a lot of people like you ponder about undertaking; so thank you for sharing some great insights Matthew!

    • 19 min
    Transitioning to a new industry and team culture!

    Transitioning to a new industry and team culture!

    COUNTING THE NUMBERS / E5 / In this episode I chatted with Finance Director at PAE (New Zealand) Cormac Denton and his transition from the hospitality sector industry into a completely different industry ... facilities management!

    We discussed -

    Overcoming the challenges of moving into a less funky industry

    Converting an 80’s style office into open plan, literally ripping down the walls!

    How do you really get the best out of people when leading a team?

    Why people get out of bed, why they work for companies and how finding this out can lead to systemic change.

    Thank you Cormac, I enjoyed your enthusiasm and energy! I am sure your teams always do as well.

    • 21 min
    Confident communication; the key to being an effective commercial accountant.

    Confident communication; the key to being an effective commercial accountant.

    COUNTING THE NUMBERS / E4 / In this episode I am joined by Richard Hosking – Group Commercial Manager at Opal Packaging. Are you an Accountant who enjoys getting your numbers out into the business to provide commercial support? Richard and his team believe it’s not just about relying on the analytics but more about what you do with them across the business.

    We discussed -


    The role of an accountant; keeping the business honest and challenging decisions
    Building rapport and trust across the business with accurate and timely data
    Making the data accessible and readily available to decision makers

    Thank you Richard, I enjoyed our chat!

    • 10 min
    Leading a team through lockdown

    Leading a team through lockdown

    In this episode I am joined by Graeme Brown  - Financial Controller at Automotive Supplies. During the recent lock-downs Graeme did almost every job across the business apart from driving a forklift! We talked about how their business moved fast, made decisive decisions while keeping the team connected.

    We discussed –


    How getting on site has helped him and his team break down barriers.
    How their SLT looked after their teams on and off site
    Learning more about himself as a leader

    Thank you Graeme, you always keep it real!

    • 13 min
    The rise in ecommerce and ROI

    The rise in ecommerce and ROI

    In this episode I am joined  by Steve Allison about the rise in Ecommerce. Are you keen to be an early adopter of change in the world of Ecommerce? Leaders and business owners focusing on cashflow and investment understandably are keen to know the ROI. Through Steve’s exposure he has some interesting and helpful tips.

    • 13 min
    How can we be productive in the market right now

    How can we be productive in the market right now

    Sarah Bailey chats with Doug Borne about how we can be productive in the market right now. 

    • 9 min

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