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Finance Leadership & Development
Professional accountants need to respond to the continually changing expectations of their organizations, the financial markets, and society. In addition, many accountants aspire to finance leadership roles, such as chief financial officer (CFO). As a result, they must fulfill their traditional responsibilities, while increasing their support of strategic and operational decision-making. Through education, life-long learning, and development, they must acquire the right mixture of skills, experiences, and attitudes, including leadership, strategy, business, management, and interpersonal skills. Read More
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If you are a young CPA with aspirations—whether your goal is to take on a leadership role, move into management or simply make your current role align more with your vision of the future—there is an approach you can take that will help you get ahead without having to say yes all of the time. It’s called “managing up.”
Arleen Thomas, CPA, CGMA, explains why development is the key to retention.
Big Data offers unlimited potential to change the way business is done. Still, most organizations are struggling to get useful insights from their data. Management accountants can help.
Performance management is key to keeping abreast of the cost and quality of external talent, supporting effective decision making and mitigating risk to the organization.
Find out how to engage learners by creating a connection between professional development and career growth. In “Igniting a Passion for Learning,” Clar Rosso, AICPA vice president–Member Learning & Competency, offers six tips for helping professionals do more, faster. Rosso’s blog post is part of the AICPA’s “Future of Learning” initiative.
The diversity of the modern workplace and the hurried pace of business provides ample room for social missteps, but adhering to the basic tenants of business etiquette can insulate you from the most egregious offenses.
Here are a few tips to maximize networking opportunities.
- In Search of Finance and Accounting Talent
August 27, 2015 - CFO.com
- As Regulatory Costs Grow, the Accounting Chief’s Duties Add Up
August 27, 2015 - Wall Street Journal
- How To Stop Managing And Start Actually Leading
August 26, 2015 - Fast Company
- How to Respond When Someone Insults Your Profession
August 20, 2015 - Accounting Web
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