13 GROWER 1.Where in your career have you been truly tested in terms of implementing a finance strategy or business plan (particularly within a high growth or business transformation scenario)? Please describe your role in building the finance capability to support that growth or change. What were the obstacles you faced during the implementation phase and how were they dealt with? What were the key challenges? What was required to ensure effective execution of the plan? What was the outcome? 2.Provide your best example of a situation in which you have been required to use an innovative, “outside of the box” approach to achieve results. Why was this fresh approach required? 3.Please summarize your experience as a business eader in high growth, entrepreneurial and agile businesses. In this context, please describe your ability to quickly establish credibility and create a business partner relationship providing proactive and value-added information towards better business decisions, strategic planning and growth. Please outline the context, key challenge and your role in terms of contributing to the growth of the business as well as better managing the expenses.
1.Please provide a few examples that best illustrate your leadership ability as a champion in growing and developing talent. How do you ignite, inspire, engage and support your internal team while creating a higher performance organizational environment? What is your approach, and how have you engaged and challenged your team to achieve its full potential?
24 BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT 1.Please describe a situation in which you were able to deliver significant business results by leading a flawlessly executed business plan. Provide perspective around the strategy, the key customers, and the challenges. Please detail the business outcomes. 2.Describe an example that would best illustrate your leadership in developing, nurturing, engaging and growing a team, customer and supplier- partner relationships as part of a growth strategy to increase market share and grow revenue profitably that resulted in sustainable business results, and delighted customers, partners and sales teams. What was the context, what were the market and other challenges, your approach executing on the strategy, and what was the outcome.
26 FINANCIAL SKILLS 1.As an executive, please describe the depth of your skills. Please provide one or two examples of the most complex financial analysis that you have performed in respect of and how you applied this data to substantiate key decisions. 2.Please summarize your experience as a financial leader in supporting the execution of a business strategy, helping drive business results in a growth, turnaround or business transformation scenario. Please describe your role in supporting the business and building the finance function and capability to support that growth or change. What were the key challenges? What was the outcome?
36 ENGAGES OTHERS 1.What are your key values and what do you believe in? Please illustrate an example in a professional context of when your values were tested and how you dealt with the situation? What is your approach to leading when the pressure is on? How do you create connections, build relationships and reinforce cultural values? 2.Please provide an example that demonstrates your leadership ability to effectively communicate, build meaningful relationships and gain trust and credibility with multiple stakeholders at all levels of an organization including the Board and Senior Management Team. What were the key challenges you faced and how did you overcome them? 3.Please provide an example of where you have brought passion to your work and promoted enthusiasm throughout your team and your organization.
44 CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO 1.Please provide an example of where you have led a strategic, quality “change management” initiative resulting in leading edge quality performance. Why was change required? What was your involvement in designing the initiative, detail the implementation and what was the outcome? How did you gain buy-in from the corporation at all levels and how did you manage resistance to change? How was success measured? 2.Describe a situation where you challenged an existing procedure/practice that was not achieving the desired business result? What changes did you recommend and why? What was the business outcome resulting from this change? 3.Please provide a key example of how you have challenged the status quo in your organization in a productive manner that resulted in identifying a simpler, better process while consistent with the goals and business strategy of the company.
46 A LEADER WHO INSPIRES 1.Provide an example in which you were able to motivate and develop a high performance sales team. What was your approach? How did you inspire and challenge your team to achieve/exceed its full potential. How did you evolve the team’s managerial capabilities? 2.Please describe your values as a leader and your leadership style, highlighting where you felt you made the greatest impact delivering innovation as an inspirational leader. 3.What is your attraction to the role of General Manager/CEO?
49 TEAM BUILDER/TEAM PLAYER 1.Please provide an example that would best illustrate your ability to develop and motivate and reshape an underperforming team. What was your approach, and how did you inspire and challenge this group to achieve its full potential? What was the situation? What processes did you put in place? What were the key challenges and the ultimate results? 2.Explain how you are able to balance knowing when to roll up your sleeves as a leader and when to stand back and delegate. 3.What are your core values that have guided you through your professional career? What is your approach to leading and executing when the pressure is on? Describe an example of where this was tested in a leadership role and how your actions enabled you to develop and maintain trust and credibility throughout the organization, and specifically with the senior leadership team.