Who we are and why we're here
My name is Steve Shaw, and I created Financial Seminars with my wife Tessa in 2010 as a training and consulting organisation when we moved back to the UK after nearly 30 years based in Belgium.
I was a KPMG audit and due diligence partner in Brussels until 1992, during which time I also had training and professional practice responsibilities. Since then, I have been designing and delivering bespoke training workshops and seminars for multi-national organisations, clocking up more than 12,500 teaching hours (in over 60 countries) and 16,000 development hours.
During the early 1990s, I designed and delivered management, audit and due diligence seminars (both soft and hard skill sets). Since the mid-1990s, I have concentrated on corporate finance workshops, specialising in valuation, negotiating and strategy evaluation. I also facilitate internal organisational meetings to assist business units in developing robust business processes, scenarios, forecasts and budgets.
Voicing and leveraging tacit knowledge
Outcome pull approach
We start with desired learning outcomes and work backwards to achieve a blended learning solution, using skills we have gathered over the years from the diverse fields of consulting, project management, finance, psychometrics and NLP (neuro-linguistic programming). The outcome approach is especially useful for line managers, who know first hand what they wish to achieve.
Enabling rapid strategy deployment
The use of models (maps not the territory) prompts us to consider deep structure, and to question assumptions rather than to haggle over the output. Behavioural and financial modelling are therefore key skills for eliciting and installing complex business processes in the context of rapid deployment of corporate and business unit strategies.