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The Financial Management (FM) magazine podcast series features conversations with executives and thought leaders in management accounting. We discuss topics including governance, risk management, performance management, technology, corporate strategy, and leadership. Interviews are conducted by FM editors and contributors.
 
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Welcome to The CMA Show! In every episode we go inside the minds of the most successful Management Accountants i.e. CFOs, Corporate Controllers, VPs of Finance so you can learn how to move up the ranks just like they did. You'll learn the aha moments that led them to where they are today, lessons learned along their career trajectory, and how you can replicate their success. The show is sponsored by CMA Exam Academy, the instructor-led prep course helping professionals around the world pass ...
 
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2022 is here and I want to share what it'll take to earn the CMA certification this year. Listen in to find out all the juicy details. ---------- RESOURCES & LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 👉 Get your free copy of my CMA exam secrets cheat sheet here: https://cmaexamacademy.com/secret/ ---------- CMA EXAM COACHING: Want to pass your CMA exam on yo…
 
In this first episode of a two-part FM podcast series on Excel with FM contributor and Excel trainer Liam Bastick, FCMA, CGMA, we look at the most common mistake accountants make when using Excel, whether Excel is outdated and should be replaced with other software, and the new LAMBDA function.
 
When you’re ready to land a CMA job, you need a killer resume. In this episode, I’ll show you how to write one. ---------- RESOURCES & LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 👉 Get your free copy of my CMA exam secrets cheat sheet here: https://cmaexamacademy.com/secret/ ---------- CMA EXAM COACHING: Want to pass your CMA exam on your first attempt? CMA E…
 
The world of accounting is changing. With major firms now allowing fully remote work, CMAs are in a place of strength. Our skills may be uniquely suited for off-site work. This episode dives into the best jobs for remote work, and how CMAs find unconventional work arrangements that tick all the right boxes. ---------- RESOURCES & LINKS MENTIONED IN…
 
In this second episode of a two-part FM podcast series on skills, Gary Cox, ACMA, CGMA, a coach for businesses and individuals, describes how to create a learning plan. He recommends conducting an audit of current skills and those needed over the next three years. Making incremental progress and finding someone to support or champion you from insid…
 
Certified management accountants are like accountants with superpowers. Being a CMA means you’re a leader, which unlocks plenty of additional opportunities with high earning potential. In this episode, I want to cover how being a CMA gives you a great shot at a career in the corporate world, as an entrepreneur, or as an educator. ---------- RESOURC…
 
There was a dizzying array of announcements during the two-week UN climate change summit last month. Which ones matter for accounting and finance professionals? Martin Farrar, Ph.D., associate technical director at AICPA & CIMA, breaks down key pledges by governments and businesses, and new requirements on the horizon that accounting and finance pr…
 
In this first episode of a two-part FM podcast series on skills, Gary Cox, ACMA, CGMA, a coach for businesses and individuals, describes the in-demand finance skills of effective use of data, insights, and “really good storytelling”. The second episode will look at how to create a learning plan — analysing the skills you have today and those you wi…
 
The definition of value continues to evolve in the knowledge economy. Finding new ways to measure, manage, and understand organisational value is a critical role for finance professionals and management accountants. In this episode, Paul Ashworth, FCMA, CGMA, previews his upcoming Financial Management articles on effective valuation, the challenges…
 
Negotiation is a key skill to master, both in the workplace and outside it. In this episode, Fotini Iconomopoulos, founder of negotiation training company Forward Focusing, based in Toronto, and author of Say Less, Get More: Unconventional Negotiation Techniques to Get What You Want, shares advice for succeeding in negotiations. She talks about how…
 
The IMA has a scholarship program to help college students pursue the CMA designation free of cost. Listen to today's episode to learn how this scholarship program works, who is eligible and how to apply for it. ---------- RESOURCES & LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 👉 Get your free copy of my CMA exam secrets cheat sheet here: https://cmaexamacade…
 
Tom Eisenmann, Harvard Business School professor and author of The Fail-Safe Startup, says only 10% of high-tech, high-potential startups are successful. In that success, the CFO has a critical role that includes managing cash and working out when to raise more and monitoring key metrics. He warns the new entrepreneur against rushing in without pro…
 
Using an online test bank is a must when preparing for the CMA exam but most don't know how to use it right. In today's episode, I'll share the top 6 mistakes people make so you can avoid them and reach exam success! ---------- RESOURCES & LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 👉 Get your free copy of my CMA exam secrets cheat sheet here: https://cmaexam…
 
To celebrate International Podcast Day, we’ve compiled some of the top insights offered in 2021 episodes from speakers all over the world. Learn more about advice for fighting ransomware, the role of finance in navigating Olympic Games uncertainty for a medal-winning team, how to spot “greenwashing” in ESG reporting, and more from a five-part FM se…
 
My guest today is DJ Vogt, a successful CMA who is going to share with us his experience studying for the exam in addition to covering very interesting topics such as Artificial Intelligence and more. It's an episode you won't want to miss out on. Click play to listen it. ---------- RESOURCES & LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 👉 Get your free copy …
 
There is no “opt-out clause” for management accountants on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) information, says Association Chair and CIMA President Paul Ash, FCMA, CGMA, in this final podcast in an FM series on ESG. Ash describes how his formative years led to developing businesses focusing on environmentally clean energy and real-time me…
 
In today's episode, I'll share with you the 5 most common fears thousands of CMA candidates shared with me over the years. More importantly, how you can overcome them to achieve exam success! Listen in. ---------------- DOWNLOAD FREE EXAM CHEAT SHEET: https://cmaexamacademy.com/secret/ ACCESS CMA EXAM ACADEMY TODAY: http://cmaexamacademy.com/ -----…
 
Extreme weather risks have been on the rise for businesses worldwide, and regulators and standard setters are taking steps to keep investors updated. The recent merger of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), which formed the Value Reporting Foundation, was a step towards con…
 
In today's episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Rich. He is an accomplished CMA working in the banking industry and has a very interesting career trajectory. Tune in to learn more about him and how you can replicate his success. ---------------- DOWNLOAD FREE EXAM CHEAT SHEET: https://cmaexamacademy.com/secret/ ACCESS CMA EXAM ACADEMY TODAY…
 
The belief that companies should not solely focus on shareholder value, but should benefit all stakeholders — including employees, customers, and communities — is what many investors, large and small, have been rallying around. As a result, investors have been demanding environmental, social, and governance (ESG) information from companies to help …
 
In today's episode, I'm going to share 5 strategies to help you promote yourself as a CMA and land the job of your dreams! ---------------- DOWNLOAD FREE EXAM CHEAT SHEET: https://cmaexamacademy.com/secret/ ACCESS CMA EXAM ACADEMY TODAY: http://cmaexamacademy.com/ ----------------- SAY HI ON SOCIAL: Connect with me on Instagram: https://www.instagr…
 
Ransomware is on the rise. Organisations of all sizes are at risk, and finance departments are at the forefront of identifying and mitigating ransomware risks. However, that diligence comes with its own challenges. To help organisations identify the growing risks and cost of ransomware, we talk with Gerry Glombicki, CPA, director with Fitch Ratings…
 
Finance’s role is evolving rapidly, which means the skills needed by finance professionals are changing. A recent FM Q&A series with finance leaders from around the world provided insight on skills that matter most. Hear this conversation with Alexis See Tho, an FM associate editor, and Barry Payne, the Association’s director of external relations …
 
Kuldeep Kaur, ACMA, CGMA, England Hockey’s finance and administration director, explains how scenario planning, data-led decision-making, and effective communication combined to lead the sport during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting Olympic Games scheduling uncertainty. What you’ll learn from this episode: An explanation of England Hockey’s …
 
In today's episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Nick Buscemi. Nick shares his exam journey, career trajectory and what he looks for when he hires accountants to join his team. We also talk about how to be strategic when it comes to test prep and planning out your exam day, plus much more! Get ready for another value-packed episode. Click pla…
 
When finance and accounting professionals think about ESG, it shouldn’t be limited to churning out sustainability reports. To enable real change in a company’s impact on environmental, social, and governance issues, they need to be part and parcel of long-term strategy. But how can that be done? In this episode, we hear from Michael Bueker, senior …
 
In today's episode, I'll go over the best speed reading techniques to help you study faster and help you ace your exam as well. Speed Reading isn't talked much about in the test prep world but it's a superpower for those who invest time in nurturing this skill. Click play and let the learning begin! ---------- RESOURCES & LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EP…
 
Sustainability has become a prominent topic of discussion in business, but it can mean different things to different people. Jeffrey Hales, Ph.D., professor of accounting at the University of Texas at Austin and chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), explains what it means to management accountants. As SASB chair, Hales h…
 
In today's episode, my guest is Reetu Narain. Reetu holds the CMA designation and shares how she achieved her designation, why and how she moved to the United States, how to succeed in the profession and much more! Hit play to listen in. ---------------- DOWNLOAD FREE EXAM CHEAT SHEET: https://cmaexamacademy.com/secret/ ACCESS CMA EXAM ACADEMY TODA…
 
Jame DiBiasio, financial journalist and author of Cowries to Crypto: The History of Money, Currency, and Wealth, describes the long history of money, what the shift from Internet 1.0 to 2.0 means for trading large illiquid assets, and considerations for companies when dealing with bitcoin. He looks to a fintech future of wearable and implanted tech…
 
In today's episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kevin Arvisais, CMA, MBA. Kevin shares his experiencing studying for the CMA exam, how he was able to remain focused, and so much more. You won't want to miss this episode. ---------------- DOWNLOAD FREE EXAM CHEAT SHEET: https://cmaexamacademy.com/secret/ ACCESS CMA EXAM ACADEMY TODAY: http://…
 
In today's episode, Cecilia Leung, CPA shares her life's journey as an accountant, entrepreneur and author. You'll learn how to figure out which area in accounting/finance to work in, which character trait is the most important when applying for a new job, how to find opportunities to travel as an accountant and much more. Cecilia is the author of …
 
Building trust has always been important in business, and COVID-19 has served to highlight it, according to leadership and workplace culture expert Liz Lugt. In this interview, Lugt sets out the elements of “vulnerability-based trust” and how finance leaders can focus on being effective rather than only efficient. Lugt is speaking at the upcoming A…
 
Governments around the world are tightening anti-money laundering regulations and increasing noncompliance penalties. Management accountants are at the frontlines of money laundering risk. In this FM podcast episode, Matthew Russell, a London-based financial crime partner at PwC, discusses how finance professionals can address the changing anti-mon…
 
In this episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Andrew Wright. Andrew shares his journey as a professional musician turned entrepreneur, and how the CMA impacted his career in a positive way. Andrew also shares his extensive knowledge in cybersecurity and what management accountants can do to make their systems more secure. Andrew dives into h…
 
Alnoor Bhimani, Ph.D., professor of management accounting at the London School of Economics, thinks the finance and accounting profession has yet to fully understand the sweeping implications of today’s digitalised business models and operations. In this episode of the FM magazine podcast, he shares key findings from his new book, Accounting Disrup…
 
CIMA Member in Practice Fiona Bevan, ACMA, CGMA, describes recent trends in the UK SME sector and how her company, Bevan Financial Management Ltd, adapted to the COVID-19 crisis. She offers advice for SMEs — and larger businesses — on effective customer feedback and how businesses can improve and speed up their decision-making without losing contro…
 
In this episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Sidharth Dhunna. Sidharth is a CMA living in San Francisco, CA. He shares his experience about the exams, why he chose the CMA over the CPA, great career advice and how to finish your test prep fast. Sidharth shares so many golden nuggets throughout the episode. You won't want to miss it. RESOURC…
 
Would you like to practice your CMA exam at Prometric instead of at home? Now you can! Stress and anxiety on exam day can debilitate many candidates. The biggest reason is that they’ve never taken a Prometric CMA exam before. The unknown creates a lot of unnecessary test anxiety. I get, you’ve taken many CMA practice tests at home, but nothing beat…
 
The IMA has released the 2020 annual salary survey and thought it'd be great to share some of the highlights with you in this episode. As a CMA Coach who’s helped thousands successfully go through a Certified Management Accountant exam prep, I know exactly the best CMA exam secrets to bring you exam success. RESOURCES & LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS VIDE…
 
Amy Radin, who serves on the board of directors of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, wrote an article in the December 2020 issue of FM with the headline “How CFOs Can Enable Innovation Now”. Radin is an author, adviser, and former corporate innovation executive, so she has keen insight into the topic, including ho…
 
In today's episode, let's dive into an analysis of the CMA certification and compare it to the CPA license. Both are fantastic accounting designations but oftentimes professionals don't know which one to choose. The intent of this episode is to help clarify questions and doubts and help you choose the certification that aligns with your career obje…
 
Are you curious to know more about IMA's scholarship program? Are you eligible for it? I answer these questions and more in today's episode. As a CMA Coach who’s helped thousands successfully go through a Certified Management Accountant exam prep, I know exactly the best CMA exam secrets to bring you exam success. RESOURCES & LINKS MENTIONED IN THI…
 
Jeremy Hawkins, senior European economist at Econoday, provides an overview of the UK and Europe’s economic landscape two months on from the signing of the UK-EU post-Brexit trade deal and a year from the start of the coronavirus pandemic. He highlights the sectors likely to bounce back more rapidly and those that could struggle to regain lost grou…
 
It's confession time! I'm going to share my 8 biggest test prep mistakes so you can avoid them. I want you to accelerate your learning and success and that's why I'm sharing these mistakes with you in this episode. As a CMA Coach who’s helped thousands successfully go through a Certified Management Accountant exam prep, I know exactly the best CMA …
 
Rhymer Rigby shared advice for how to deal with co-workers’ annoying habits and how to succeed in remote meetings in previous FM podcasts. This episode is the conclusion of a three-part conversation with Rigby, a regular career contributor to FM. He responds to questions about how career management has changed since the onset of COVID-19, how recru…
 
Over the years, I've heard it all in terms of mistakes candidates make studying for their exam. In today's episode, I'll share the ones that I see often to help you avoid them. I want to help you succeed and pass your CMA exam on your first attempt. As a CMA Coach who’s helped thousands successfully go through a Certified Management Accountant exam…
 
If you want to become a CMA, kicking procrastination to the curb is key. In this episode, I’ll show you 10 ways to stop procrastination to help you study and take your CMA exam. As a CMA Coach who’s helped thousands successfully go through a Certified Management Accountant exam prep, I know exactly the best CMA exam secrets to bring you exam succes…
 
CIMA President Nick Jackson, FCMA, CGMA, says finance leaders have a fundamental role in building resilience -- both for themselves and their teams. They also need to invest to ensure employees are equipped with the right tools and have access to the right data to do their job effectively. What you’ll learn from this episode: The meaning of “resili…
 
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