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I am a passionate, dedicated and expert recruiter who brings unrivaled experience and expertise to my clients and candidates in the field of accounting and finance throughout the greater Chicago market."

Marc Basil is a Brand Ambassador for Brilliant, and Senior Director of Financial Search, the permanent and direct hire division of Brilliant.

He is a charismatic professional who counsels his clients with his sharp wit and keen knowledge of the staffing and recruiting industry. He has a strong insight into the accounting and finance professions with nearly two decades worth of experience. The Basil Blog is an editorial-based blog from Marc’s point of view on issues affecting his candidate and client base.


4 Ways CFOs Can Effectively Maintain a Work-Life Balance

4 Ways CFOs Can Effectively Maintain a Work-Life Balance

We often hear about work-life balance and how beneficial it is for workplace culture at the team level. However, can a healthy balance exist between work and life outside of the office at the CFO level? How about for the startup CFO?

The answer is yes.

While we may not hear as much about the importance of work-life balance for management, leadership and c-suite, I uncovered a great article on by David McCann published earlier this year that addresses just that.

Take a look at some of the key takeaways from the article in my 4 Ways CFOs Can Effectively Maintain a Work-Life Balance below.

1. Work a realistic number of hours.
The most highly-effective CFOs realize working the 80 to 90 hour work-week consistently is a not a healthy or viable long-term strategy. For any c-level executive, busy weeks are part of the landscape, but to pretend that this is a sustainable approach for the long haul is simply not realistic. Further, as a business culture and a society, we need to stop celebrating how “busy” we always are. There is a feeling that working non-stop is something of a “badge of honor” when in fact we should be spending more times with family and loved ones.

2. Leave at a reasonable time.
CFOs need to realize how their behavior is viewed and perceived across the organization, especially by their staff. If a financial leader typically leaves the office at a reasonable time each night, their staff will often follow suit. If not, the opposite result becomes commonplace – as there is a feeling that “I cannot leave before the boss does.” The enlightened CFO who makes it a point to be home for dinner each night sets the tone for the entire organization reporting to her.

3. Take advantage of technology.
Again, while there is no avoiding the periodic busy weeks, long gone are the days where all of the work needs to be done in the office. In this day and age of smartphones, and other technology allowing for effective work being done remotely, staff no longer feel they need to be “seen” to be viewed as productive and contributing. Again, this almost universally hinges on the leadership style and philosophy of the CFO. If those busy weeks don’t always mean long hours IN the office and the work is getting done, everyone wins.

4. Understand what “work-life balance” means.
Balance does not always mean NOT working. The CFO as a leadership role should lead both in and out of the office in ways that mentor and inspire her team. For example, a CFO should remain active in professional groups –attending events and networking etc. – as well as perform philanthropic duties throughout the community. Leading by example will have profound effects on her staff and how she is viewed by them.

What are some other ways CFOs can maintain an effective work-life balance? Sound off in the comments below!

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Categories: Hiring, Hiring Managers | Tags: Leadership , CEO , Work life balance , employee engagement , workplace matters , professional development , leadership development |

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Early in his career, Marc built a solid relationship with now key leaders at Brilliant and was able to foster those relationships for many years, joining the company in early 2010, shortly after the firm opened its doors.

Because of the continued guidance from former CEO Jim Wong and current President Kathy Spearing – coupled with the opportunity to make people’s lives better each day– Marc stays compelled in his role as Senior Director of Brilliant Financial Search. Basil says, “I’m incredibly impressed with the running of the business. That, and the opportunity to work with our great clients, candidates and colleagues are what keeps me here.”

Marc's Philosophy Marc's Philosophy

  • He listens
  • He educates
  • He motivates
  • He coaches
  • He sets high expectations
  • He follows through on promises

Candidate Testimonials Candidate Testimonials

Working with Marc has been great. He helped me obtain the position that was right for me and my skills. Marc is open and honest with his recruits and is an effective communicator. He knows how to get the job done right because he stays organized and is knowledgeable about the job market. Most of all he is friendly and easy to work with. I would, and have done so on many occasions, recommended Marc as a recruiter you can trust to find the right opportunity for you.A Happy Staff Accountant

During my recent search, I worked with a few recruiters. However, none held the expertise nor prepared me for the interview as well as Marc did. Marc's initial meeting asked all the right questions to get me into roles where there was mutual interest. Marc was able to coach me through the process to present myself to my strengths as well as the hiring managers’ needs. It is truly a pleasure working with Marc, and I would be happy to work with him in the future.A Happy Senior Financial Analyst

Checkmark 5 Things to Know About Marc


He’s an avid runner. He’s ran multiple races, including a marathon, and runs 5 miles home from work every day.

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He enjoys good wine. His favorites are Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.


His relationship with his in-laws is like a TV sitcom. They don’t speak English, and he doesn’t speak Spanish.


Marc was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago – he is not a “suburban” guy.


Marc is a middle child of two sisters and two brothers.

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