How it works

Imagine The Financial Times meets the Apprentice and you’ll get an idea of the stretch we’ll give your people.

FD Ignite capability surveys, on-demand video lessons, live business simulation workshops, and psychometric profiling. All online with optional in person.

About ignite®

GET TO KNOW YOU

Unlike MBTI or Belbin we don’t put you in a box.

INSIGHTS® is about your communication preferences – fiery red, cool blue, sunshine yellow, or earth green.

We’ll show you how to activate them all, and how to use them together for influence you never imagined possible.

The apprentice

CONQUER THE CHALLENGES

Just like the TV-show it’s time for some serious but fun experiences. Across 7 challenges you’ll learn the most important skills you’ll need to be a commercial FD.

None of the lessons will be financial. This is a fast-track masters in sales, marketing, and much more.

Dragons Den

PITCH THE IDEA

Time for a real business idea and a real business plan.

You’ll need funding, and the Dragon’s are waiting.

You’ll be pitching your business idea to a panel of real business investors, and they won’t pull their punches.

The Scale Up

ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES

You’ve got your business plan and you’ve got your funding. Now the rubber hits the road.

Everyone has a plan until they’re punched in the face, and in this simulation you’re going to have to recover fast!

deep experiential development

Forget classroom learning and theories. We hold the mirror up in as real-to-life situations as possible in a development environment in our new NEXTFD® programme.

Imagine Dragon’s Den meets the Apprentice and you’ll get an idea of the stretch we’ll give your people.

The corporate language is deep experiential development. We like to call it chucking them in at the deep end, just with us there as life guards. And it’s all online, with optional in-person.

Get to know you

With our NEXTFD® programme your people will get to know themselves like never before. Because if you can’t first lead yourself, you’ve got no chance leading others.

Sure we’ll start with the our INSIGHTS® communication and influence psychometrics, but it doesn’t end there.

Learn to inspire others

Emotional intelligence is the buzz phrase, but we like to call it being human. The key to inspiring others is to get to know them, finding out what makes them tick, and showing them what’s in it for them to get on the bus, start driving, and picking up others. And that doesn’t happen with a few slides on strategy & vision, however slick.

become commercial

Everyone wants to be commercial, but what does it really mean? Your people will learn, not from theories and models, but from being put in a position where they have to live and die financially by their commercial decisions. They’ll soon learn that nothing is black and white, and that there are no ‘right’ decisions.

develop through doing

And they’ll learn all this not through slides and group discussions. They learn it the single best way to learn anything. By doing it, for real. I mean you don’t learn to ride a bike by watching a Powerpoint presentation on how to ride a bike and disucssing with your friends what they think do you?

cfo training course

We are ready, are you?

Get in touch today for an informal chat about your requirements, we're always pleased to talk. 

get good at communicating

get good quick

The big difference between an accountant and a leader is simply communication.

If you can make the complex simple, and talk to people’s hearts as well as their mind, you will be amazing.

Steve Jobs, JFK, MLK, Oprah, Obama, Thatcher and every great influencer in history knew this. And we’ll show you exactly how they did it with our Insights® add-on to your Academy.

We’ll start with INSIGHTS®, our fully accredited and highly respected psychometic communication tool. Think MBTI and Belbin on steroids and you start to get close.

Take an online survey and get an in-depth and almost freakily accurate 40-page insight into your communication and influence preferences. This isn’t a character assassination, quite the opposite. It’ll show you how to ignite the real you and round off the edges you didn’t even know you had.

Unlike MBTI or Belbin we don’t put you in a box. INSIGHTS® is about your communication preferences – fiery red, cool blue, sunshine yellow or earth green. We’ll show you how to activate them all, and how to use them together for influence you never imagined possible.

You’ll need this deep insight into you and others to navigate the challenges you’re about to face. No classroom theories, you’ll be thrown into the deep end with as real-to-life experiences as we can create in a development environment.