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The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board sets high-quality international standards for auditing, assurance, and quality control that strengthen public confidence in the global profession.
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The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants sets high-quality, internationally appropriate ethics standards for professional accountants, including auditor independence requirements.
The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board develops standards, guidance, and resources for use by public sector entities around the world for preparation of general purpose financial statements.
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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
Managers Account for 70% of Variance in Employee Engagement
April 21, 2015 - Gallup
A manager can have a significant impact on the engagement levels of employees, Gallup research shows. Highly talented managers are rare, however, which helps to explain why just 30% of U.S. workers are engaged.
Accountants must be able to develop new business processes, service offerings, and ways to leverage technology.
According to this survey report, the five issues shaping the destiny of finance are volatility and risk; enterprise strategy supported by smarter finance deliver; an increased emphasis on intangibles in creating value; new technology frontiers; and the quality of talent available to the CFO function.
Arleen Thomas, CPA, CGMA, explains why development is the key to retention.
5 Ways to Boost Sustainability's Value Proposition for CFOs
April 13, 2015 - Green Biz
Five factors undergird the value proposition driving CFOs to incorporate sustainability into financial analysis and business strategy.
Becoming a partner requires a new perspective on leadership, goals, and strategy.
A discussion on diversity with Citrin Cooperman's valuation services practice leader, Mandeep Trivedi and Accounting Today's managing editor, Tamika Cody. The two discuss the steps that needs to be taken in order to recruit and retain more people of color in the accounting profession.
- The Changing Face of Accounting
May 19, 2015 - DNA India
- How CFOs Can Improve Their Collaboration with CIOs
May 11, 2015 - CPA Insider
- CFO to CEO (p. 33)
May 5, 2015 - AccountancySA
- 7 Ways CFOs Can Keep up with Rapid Changes in Technology
May 4, 2015 - Journal of Accountancy
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