Enabling a Senior CFO to decide a Career Move

Key Question

What roles should I pursue? What next?


A very senior finance leader who was earlier India CFO and now the Global FP&A Head for a Euro 9.0 Billion global consumer business, based out of Netherlands HQ.

Key Issue

A Global FP&A and Investor Relations Head for a $2B consumer durable major wanted direction to understand what his next move should be – business roles in India vs  CFO roles; working with Indian companies vs MNCs; with listed entities vs non-listed entities etc.

As a coach, in the first session, helped him delve deep into what brings him alive at work and what are the things he enjoys the most. What was of utmost importance for him to experience firsthand and also had a deeper conversation on what are the things that he was uncomfortable with at the workplace. This was to help him align clearly with his goals and give direction to what he ultimately wants to pursue. The result was he got a clear sense of purpose concerning realigning his goals.

The second session was tailor-made to help him with the execution piece of the transition to help him reach out to the top 20 search consultants in India, keep the interest alive, and induct them as brand ambassadors. The sessions were designed to help him fine-tune the following aspects of how to get them invested and make sure that they are on the same page and understand what’s important where you would like to go and the suitable method of outreach to them, frequency of outreach. Also helped with how to improve the presentation and bring out the finer aspects to make his CV alive and his LinkedIn page active by making sure he was putting out enough communication to reach out to the target audience and make recruiters understand him better.

What the Coachee had to say, after the sessions

I  went through a CFO transition coaching with Saroja and that was very helpful from many angles. What I liked most was that she raised some thought-provoking questions to help me understand my values, motivations, and fears deeply.

These are very fundamental and helped me to understand myself better and decide on my next course of action. She is very systematic in her approach and has good clarity on the process.

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