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Maryland	Major	Firms	Group	
March,	6,	2017
Top	Challenges	
3	
1.  Finding and retaining talent/
Succession planning
2.  Staff development
3.  Information overload ‒
...
Top	Skills	Needed	
4	
1.  Strategic	&	CriFcal	
Thinking	
2.  CommunicaFon	
3.  Inspiring	and	MoFvaFng	
Others	
4.  Collabo...
Top	Technology	Trends	
5	
1.  Big	Data	AnalyFcs	
2.  AdapFve	&	predicFve	cyber-security	
3.  ArFficial	intelligence,	cogniF...
#FutureReady!
Is the capacity to be
anticipatory (aware, predictive
and adaptive) of emerging
technology and trends in
bus...
Our	insights…	
The	responses	from	these	surveys	are	consistent	with	our	polls	from	across	the	
AccounFng	Profession	includ...
•  Anticipating, introducing and managing change;
•  Building consensus and commitment;
•  Inspiring others toward a chall...
This led to our work with world renowned futurist and business
advisor and best-selling author, Daniel Burrus of Burrus Re...
ANTICIPATION	
Strategic	Thinking	
External	Awareness	
Vision	
ConFnuous	Learning	
InnovaFon	
CreaFvity	
Problem	Solving	
P...
•  16-20 hours of
learning in bite
size nano
format
•  100 pages of
job aids and
exercises
28	lessons	–	4	modules	–	1	hour/week	
	
•  Very	short	single-concept	videos	
•  Rapid	applicaFon	exercises	
•  Visual	job	...
E-learning versus Traditional Learning
•  $30 increase in
productivity for every $1
invested for 30X return
•  18% increas...
"The Anticipatory Organization Learning System
helps establish a mindset, a common language
and eventually a culture of be...
AOAF recognized as 2016 Top learning Product
“Everyone keeps telling accountants that they
need to change their focus from...
Books These are among the resources that were discussed during
the our “Future-Ready CPA” programs.
The Future of the Prof...
Resources These are among the resources that were discussed during
the our “Future-Ready CPA” programs.
The Future of the ...
What SMBs Want From Their
Accountant
From The Sleeter Group
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Welcome to the Fast Future
From CPA.com
bit.ly/...
If there is a conversation about the future
of the profession, you're bound to hear
Hood's name mentioned as one of the
pe...
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Our insights…
The responses from these surveys are consistent with our polls from across the
AccounFng Profession including public company finance and accounFng, public
accounFng, government and small – mid-size business and NFPs. They are also
consistent with global competency research from Fortune 500 companies.

One opportunity is to focus training and development on the criFcal skills parFcipants
are idenFfying, especially in the area of ‘strategic thinking’ and ‘anFcipaFon (being
aware, predicFve and adapFve of future trends and issues). These skills elevate and
accelerate people’s ability to adapt to major changes in addiFon to finding creaFve
and innovaFve ways to add value to the business. Our research consistently shows
the need for finance and accounFng teams to add insights to the business.

We now have several new training tools available to support individuals and most
importantly groups in developing these skills.

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