Having attended many of Andy courses, I was not disappointed yesterday when I attended the Financial Understanding course for the 2nd time. As I have come to expect from Andy, he makes you dig deep, challenge yourself and as always, his delivery is captivating.
What I love about this financial course is, you do not just read & listen, you use sample data from the workbook, pen & calculator and you get to work. Andy is on hand to assist if needed and it really makes you focus on the figures, where they come from and what they are telling you.
The first time I attended the financial course was 2 years ago. Like many others, I sat there cringing in my seat when Andy talks about bad habits, bad practices, poor margins, poor labour rates and how we as an industry have undervalued ourselves.
It was immensely satisfying yesterday, to be able to sit through the course again knowing that as a company, we have implemented some of the changes that we took away from this course 1st time round. This is reflected in our accounts, our cashflow and even our staff morale. We are not perfect, and we still have a lot of improvements to make.
Confession time – I have become a bit of a KPI queen and there is nothing that I can’t do with a spreadsheet. What Andy has taught me is, if it can be measured and the information is useful, learn from it.
Andy gives you the knowledge and the tools, use them well.
“Knowledge is a weapon; I intend to be armed”
I genuinely believe that this is the best financial course out there for our industry, you will get to meet likeminded people and realise that we are all in this game together. Just be warned, you will come away with your brain working overtime.