Can You Become Far-Sighted?

January 1999
Financial Executive;Jan/Feb1999, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p16
Academic Journal
The article mentions the characteristics and skills that a chief financial officer (CFO) needs in the 21st century. J. Rucker McCarty, who is partner-in-charge of the CFO practice at Heidrick & Struggles, comments on the role of CFO in developing and implementing organizational goals. The CFO as a business partner needs to be a visionary in terms of long-range planning and able to assist the chief executive officer with strategic planning for the company. McCarty also mentions gut feelings, the time frame of a strategic plan, communication and leadership skills, the ability to recognize trends, and the adaptability of the CFO and corporation.


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