Michael Burwell believes in quite a few things, but one of the main things in which he believes is listening.The Chief Financial Officer says that we can all learn so many amazing new things if we simply take the time to listen.He even feels that listening could reveal to you the next extravagant world-changing and bank account-building business idea.However, although everyone should receive your ear, not everyone’s idea should receive your approval.Although it is often unpopular to say “no” and to disagree with the majority, Michael Burwell says that doing so is often necessary.He recalls a time when he had to say “no” to a technology into which he and others were investing time, energy, and millions of dollars.
The CPA says that he began examining market trends and, after doing so, decided that it was wise to put the technology on the backburner.This was a very unpopular decision and still is. However, Burwell stands by the choice he made because his 31 years of experience in the financial services industry has given him the expertise to know when to move forward with something and when to back out.
The CFO also believes in being productive.
His productivity begins at 5am, when he awakes and spends some time on his Peloton bike.Mike always tries to ride a Peloton bike in the morning, even if he has to go out and find one.While on his bike, Mike brainstorms ways that will allow him to complete the day’s tasks in the most productive ways.Often, he resorts to technology to help him accomplish the day’s goals.
A huge fan of apps, he uses many for work and often shares with colleagues and family the apps that have made a positive difference in his life.He even asks others which apps work well for them in an effort to glean tips whenever he can.
Mike Burwell is a CPA who obtained a business degree from the University of Michigan. He has over 31 years of financial expertise, gaining this work history at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP.
Michael Burwell held many high positions at PwC before moving on to Willis Towers Watson to replace Roger Millay as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Burwell and others, including WTW’s Chief Executive Officer, John Haley, are excited to have him on board and have much confidence in Burwell’s ability to help take WTW even higher.
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