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The CFO’s Daily Checklist

The CFO’s Daily Checklist

Inside 10 to-do list items of top finance leaders

There isn’t a “typical day” in the life of a CFO, yet the most accomplished finance leaders adhere to consistent daily practices. Big-time CFOs often follow rigorous daily routines to effectively manage their responsibilities and lead their finance teams. Here are some typical daily routines they may adhere to:

  1. Morning Review: Begin the day by reviewing financial reports, cash flow projections, and key performance indicators to understand the organization’s financial health.
  2. Meetings and Collaborations: Engage in meetings with department heads, executives, and other key stakeholders to discuss financial strategies, performance updates, and upcoming initiatives.
  3. Strategic Planning Sessions: Allocate time for strategic planning sessions to develop long-term financial goals, assess risks, and explore opportunities for growth and optimization.
  4. Budget Management: Dedicate time to monitor and manage the budget, including analyzing variances, identifying cost-saving opportunities, and aligning spending with strategic objectives.
  5. Risk Assessment and Mitigation: Conduct regular assessments of financial risks and implement strategies to mitigate them, such as diversifying investments or implementing internal controls.
  6. Compliance Oversight: Ensure compliance with financial regulations, accounting standards, and internal policies by reviewing procedures, conducting audits, and staying updated on regulatory changes.
  7. Investor Relations: Engage with investors, analysts, and shareholders through meetings, conference calls, and presentations to provide updates on financial performance and address inquiries.
  8. Talent Development: Invest time in mentoring and developing finance team members, providing guidance, and fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement.
  9. External Partnerships: Cultivate relationships with external partners, such as banks, auditors, and legal advisors, to facilitate financial transactions, audits, and regulatory compliance.
  10. Reflection and Planning: Allocate time at the end of the day to reflect on achievements, assess challenges, and plan priorities for the following day, ensuring continuity and efficiency in financial management.

By following these routines, CFOs can effectively navigate the complexities of financial management, drive strategic decision-making, and contribute to the overall success of their organizations.


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