Teaching: A new and Obvious Role for CFOs

CFO magazine reports that CFOs are recognizing the need to educate others in the knowledge they have learned over the course of their careers.

Although only a small percentage of CFOs are actually leaving the profession to teach in the classroom, there are a number of other ways to communicate the knowledge learned. Areas of CFO expertise include subjects like Internet financial models, and compensation and benefits. CFOs also can bring value-added questions to shareholder meetings.

Why is this a trend now--all of a sudden? Over the years, the role of the finance officer has changed within the business marketplace, and the financial professional is now called upon to help in a variety of areas. This help has translated into the teaching function--and corporate America is waking up and realizing the immense amount of knowledge a finance professional can impart.

Experts advise that this group should be open to training opportunities, and begin to cross-market this knowledge to their employers and to external markets.

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