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Competencies for Accounting and Finance Professionals - 2016 Edition

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What are the Top Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) needed by CPAs, Accounting and Finance Professionals today?

The Business Learning Institute shares its latest research and correlates it with other leading global research (Conference Board, AICPA, CGMA, IFAC, CPA Canada, Burrus Research, Bersin by Deloitte). These skills were identified and then surveyed across over 1,000 finance and accounting professionals to identify the top five skills needed today.

In our survey work at the Business Learning Institute (http://www.blionline.org) we found that the top five skills ranked by survey respondents covered 75% or everyone's top five list, providing a great starting point for skills development and targeting in talent development.

1. Strategic and Critical Thinking
2. Communication
3. Anticipating and serving evolving needs
4. Inspiring and motivating others
5. Collaboration and mobilizing consensus

BLI also developed a framework, called The Bounce to describe the career trajectory of today's finance and accounting professional. The Bounce is the natural career trajectory for accounting and finance professionals. It talks about the process of acquiring technical mastery in the early career and beginning to supplement wit the critical skills (competencies) needed for long-term success. BLI has been leading the training and development of accounting and finance with these ‘success skills’ for eighteen years.

The Business Learning Institute (BLI) is the largest talent development and and learning provider to CPAs, accounting and finance professionals in the US. We bring our leading approach to ‘success skills’ and competency-based curriculums to the leading organizations, public companies and CPA firms all over North America.

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Competencies for Accounting and Finance Professionals - 2016 Edition

  1. “Skills make dreams happen.They build economies.They make people rich and famous. In today’s world, the demands for skills are staggering. Government, business and individuals have too much to achieve, their goals are huge.They are constantly, and I do mean constantly, looking for people with the right skills. People that can get the job done.” - Emi Iyalla
  2. Talent Development & Competencies

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