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Finance Strategies for Business Leaders

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Learn how business leaders approach strategic financial decisions, and how leaders outside finance can support the finance team to maximize business and professional success.

Finance is an important part of any business, and even if finance does not seem like it’s part of your job—it’s still part of your job. The finance leaders in your organization play a critical role in keeping your company afloat, both today and in the long term. As a leader, the best thing you can do to help ensure financial success is to make sure the right people are making the right short-term tactical and long-term strategic decisions.In this course, Jason Schenker demystifies the strategic decisions that finance leaders make, as well as how business leaders outside of finance can contribute to their success. Jason lays out strategies for structuring a financial management plan for your organization. He helps you identify the choices and tradeoffs between investing in growth and taking out earnings or profits. He looks at various kinds of financial risks, as well as how audits can help address risk. Plus, he shares long-term strategies for keeping your company's finances in check.


  • Welcome
  • Finance from a business perspective
  • Important roles in corporate finance
  • The future of finance strategies
1. Building a Team
  • How leaders outside finance can support finance
  • Runways and controls
2. Strategic Tradeoffs for Finance Leaders
  • Growth vs. earnings
  • Assets and investments
  • Growing revenue vs. cost leadership
  • The value of leverage
  • Issuing equity or taking on debt
  • Going public or staying private
3. Financial Risk Management Tactics
  • Financial market risks
  • Interest rates and risk
  • Currency rates and FX rates
  • Auditing for financial risks
4. Planning Ahead Steps for Long-Term Strategies
  • Consistency is key for financial strategies
  • Finance forecasts as decision inputs
  • Finance decisions are business decisions
  • Set your financial team, tradeoffs, and tactics in place
  • Building your financial strategy

Taught by

Jason Schenker

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