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How do I accelerate my career beyond my technical skills?

by William Pointing on 03.05.2012 09:47

In today’s world, a successful career in finance hinges on the ability to demonstrate the leadership and technical skills that will enable your business to flourish. Once qualified, many accountants rely on their technical skills for career progression. However, accountants that excel in the traditional aspects of finance are becoming increasingly unlikely to secure the top finance jobs, with boards prioritising the ability to business partner, lead and develop a high performing team over the core accountancy skills.

Business partnering is the ability to influence decision makers, combining an analytical skill set with softer skills such as good communication and leadership capabilities to drive the business forward. Do you have the business partnering skills to excel in your career?

Great business partners make a significant commercial impact by communicating with maximum impact, influencing and building relationships and making confident decisions and recommendations to different areas of the business, from the sales team to the product development team. So what are the skills that you’ve acquired to help you progress in your career?

In response to employer’s demand for stronger business partnering capability in the next generation of finance leaders, the ICAEW leadership team have launched a new programme designed to support finance professionals in developing the business partnering skills needed for success in a progressive finance function. To find out more, please go to Finance Connect.

Do you see yourself as a true business partner in your company? Please contact will.pointing@icaew.com with any questions.