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The official blog for The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants® (CIMA). Your source for news, views and opinions affecting the management accounting profession.

CIMA working to beat fincrime

17 June 2021

By Elaine Smyth, Associate Director, Professional Standards

Elaine Smyth explains what the Institute does to help fight fraud, money laundering and terrorist funding. 

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An expert’s advice to CPD monitoring

2 June 2021

By Anastasia Stefanidou, Associate Manager — Branded Content Strategy

To maintain CIMA standards, we randomly select members’ CPD records for review. Keep your records current and the process is a breeze.

 

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10 Ways We’re Helping You Adapt + Thrive

24 May 2021

By Lawson Carmichael, Chief Membership & Operating Officer

The Association is working hard to provide what you need most to not just adapt, but thrive in this uncertain time. 

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Five ways women can showcase how remarkable they are

29 April 2021

By Alicja Dworowska, ACMA, CGMA, facilitator of #IamRemarkable initiative

Read five tips from Alicja Dworowska, ACMA, CGMA, on how to develop the self-promotion skill and convert it into a habit.

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How do accountants create value?

27 April 2021

By Irena Teneva, Associate Technical Director, Research & Development — Management Accounting

What is the meaning of value and how its various aspects dominate the role of accountants?

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Marking Earth Day 2021 — How do we value biodiversity?

21 April 2021

By Dr. Martin Farrar, Associate Technical Director — Management Accounting

Finance professionals play a crucial role in helping organisations address and improve their impact on the planet.

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Outlook from MESANA: A positive trajectory for businesses in the region

19 April 2021

By Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive – MA

As COVID is brought under control, finance professionals from the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa are optimistic about the future.

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How to measure, collect and report ESG data

15 April 2021

By Jakub Bejnarowicz, Regional Director, Europe, CIMA

Finance professionals play a crucial role in ESG data efforts. Learn from Klaus Hufschlag, CIMA & WHU Campus Talk’s speaker.

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Five focus areas for finance professionals as the UK economy reopens

12 April 2021

By Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive – MA

While 2021 is likely to be testing for businesses, UK finance professionals are planning for better times to come.

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How finance business partners orchestrate value

7 April 2021

By Jacky Pfennig, Research and Development Manager - Management Accounting

To create value, business partners should be ‘knowledge orchestors’, embrace uncertainty and facilitate discussions. 

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Make your free time work for you 

15 March 2021

By Rebecca McCaffry CPFA, FCMA, CGMA, Associate Technical Director - Management Accounting

The time you once spent commuting to work could be your key to deeper fulfillment.

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Women strengthen the accounting profession

11 March 2021

By Shelly Frazier, Senior Manager, Women’s Initiatives

For IWD 2021, we asked members to share their perspectives on the pandemic. Enjoy their valuable insights in this blog and a brief video.

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Celebrating management accounting hero Miriam Sarah Neale

8 March 2021

By Dr. Martin Farrar, Associate Technical Director — MA

Miriam Sarah Neale was admitted as the Institute's first female fellow and had successful career in business and accounting.

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A Budget to boost UK productivity

5 March 2021

By Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive — MA

Productivity and skills at the heart of building the UK’s future. Find out everything you need to know about the Spring Budget.

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How finance professionals can lead on sustainability

16 February 2021

Dr. Martin Farrar, Associate Technical Director of Research and Development — MA

Figuring out how to get started with sustainable practices in your organisation? Here are some pointers to use.

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Managing performance in turbulent times

11 February 2021

By Peter Spence, Associate Technical Director — MA

Even in these turbulent and unpredictable times, most businesses we recently polled set fixed targets in their business plans. Is this because most businesses are immune to such events?

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The UK needs a reskilling revolution

9 February 2021

By Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive — MA

Only three in 10 U.K. SME employees said they undertook professional development in 2020.

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How your peers are moving digital transformation forward   

4 February 2021

97% of accountants said COVID-19 accelerated digital transformation in small businesses. What’s your next step?

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How to adapt strategic thinking during a pandemic  

25 January 2021

By Dr Martin Farrar, Associate Technical Director – Management Accounting

Learn how to think strategically, not reactively. Finance professionals who drive strategy and implementation deliver better results.

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The emergence of the chief value officer   

18 January 2021

By Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive — MA, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

How has the finance leader’s role changed as a result of the pandemic?

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Can gamification work for you?   

23 December 2020

89% of professionals say gamification makes them more productive. Here’s how interactive skills-based challenges can help your career.

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Unwavering in disruption: Reflections on an extraordinary year   

18 December 2020

By Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, President and CEO of the AICPA and CEO of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

In this interview, Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, reflects on an extraordinary year and the steps we must take to prepare for 2021.

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Strategic thinking and lessons from the sculptor Henry Moore 

15 December 2020

By Dr Martin Farrar, Associate Technical Director – Management Accounting

A trip to the estate of sculptor Henry Moore inspires fresh insights on strategic thinking and decision-making.

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COVID-19: The perfect storm for digital acceleration

9 December 2020

By Dr. Ian Selby Vice President – Global Management Accounting Research and Development 

COVID-19 accelerated the need for businesses to embrace digitalisation. Here’s how three businesses did it. 

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Get your business ready for Brexit

3 December 2020

By Paul Turner, Regional Vice President, UK and Ireland, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants 

Many UK businesses still haven’t planned for the imminent disruption. Here’s what you need to know, and how management accountants can help.

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CIMA exams: a hundred years in the making 

2 December 2020

By Stephen Flatman is the Vice President of Examinations — Management Accounting, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

On this week a hundred years ago, we administered our first set of professional exams.  Learn how it came about, what was tested and more.

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How can we drive the UK’s post-COVID-19 recovery?

26 November 2020

By Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive — MA, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Focusing on skills, innovation and sustainability is essential if we are to build back better from the pandemic.

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Surviving the second UK lockdown: a guide 

24 November 2020

By Ross Archer, Lead Manager — Public Policy, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Mitigate the effects of the second UK lockdown on your business with six key support measures by the UK government.

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4 things you need to know about financial crime 

19 November 2020

By Bryony Clear Hill, Associate Manager, Ethics Awareness, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Financial crimes can affect any organisation. Here are 4 key things you should know to stop financial crime in its tracks.

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Understanding the global professional qualification advantage 

17 November 2020

By Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive — MA, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

BHere’s why we need more qualified professionals in the workforce.

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Which type of accountant are you?

10 November 2020

Take this quiz and find out your true accountant personality!

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Sustainability: The finance call to action 

5 November 2020

By Dr. Martin Farrar , Associate Technical Director of Research and Development — Management Accounting

Businesses are increasingly evaluated on their sustainable business practices. Learn why and how you can help your organisation become sustainable.

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6 rules to create and deliver a punchy presentation

3 November 2020

The best way to overcome public speaking anxiety is to prepare. The more you prepare, the more confident you’ll be.

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How a 13-week cash flow cycle can help your business

28 October 2020

By Peter Spence, Associate Technical Director — MA, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Amidst the ongoing crisis, cash flow forecasts can help you track how much and when money comes in and goes out of your business accounts.

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Which pandemic-related changes do African finance professionals expect to endure into the long term? 

26 October 2020

By Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive – MA, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Finance professionals in Africa have had to adapt their working practices in response to the pandemic. Which of these changes are here to stay?

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Accountants can help meet the Sustainable Development Goals 

22 October 2020

By Carol Adams, Ph.D., CA, FAICD, is Professor of Accounting at Durham University UK and Swinburne University Australia.

We have 10 years to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and CIMA members have the vital skills to make sure we get there.

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UK SMEs prove their resilience in the face of Covid-19 

19 October 2020

By Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive – MA, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

 UK small and medium businesses have quickly adapted to the disrupted environment, once again proving their resilience in the face of adversity.

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5 ways Chinese finance professionals have evolved 

16 October 2020

By Vicky Li, CGMA, Regional VP, North Asia, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Finance professionals provide analysis and insight. Attention to detail strengthens business foundations, turning this period of crisis into one of opportunity.

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Climate risk and business resilience: How the profession can help

12 October 2020

By Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, CEO of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants and President and CEO of the American Institute of CPAs

Accountants are key to mitigating climate risk by advancing integrated thinking and providing reliable, objective disclosure of sustainability-related information.

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Diversity and inclusion: key themes from this year 

8 October 2020

By Asif Sadiq, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at adidas

D&I expert Asif Sadiq shares his thoughts on key diversity-and-inclusion themes, including why we should talk about belonging, the impact of Black Lives Matter and the need for nuance.

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Battling COVID-19: what are the six main concerns of UK CFOs today? 

6 October 2020

By Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive — MA, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Businesses face challenges as government rules tighten in response to the pandemic.

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4 ways management accountants can help prevent modern slavery 

30 September 2020

By Michael Rogerson, ACMA, CGMA

Between the ongoing pandemic and a contracting economy, UK businesses need to pay attention to these four key areas if they want to come out on top.

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The 4 key priorities for today’s UK finance leaders 

24 September 2020

By Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive — MA, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Between the ongoing pandemic and a contracting economy, UK businesses need to pay attention to these four key areas if they want to come out on top.

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8 tips for clear and effective communication via email

17 September 2020

Maybe not, but it helps everyone — teammates and clients. Try new approaches and be mindful of what you convey and how you write an email.

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The learning journey and speed of change

14 September 2020

By Clar Rosso, Executive Vice President, Engagement and Learning Innovation 

Personalisation is paramount and learning trajectories will differ. Key factors to thrive in a world that changed overnight: adaptation and agility.

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Use integrated management information to make better decisions

9 September 2020

By Bryony Clear Hill, Associate Manager, Ethics Awareness 

Management accountants must report beyond the financials. Here’s why integrating environmental and social data drives better decision making.

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These days, we all need to get better at managing anxiety. Here’s how to help yourself, your peers or your employees regain control.

Build strong relationships in the Zoom era

1 September 2020

Relationships grow stronger with a sense of assurance and direction. Here’s how you build stronger relationships in the Zoom era.

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Community has a new look. But we’re still connected.

27 August 2020

Lockdown, teleworking, and social-media algorithms are changing the face of community. Nurture humanity and the values we all hold dear.

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5 skills you need to succeed in a digital economy

25 August 2020

COVID-19 accelerated digital transformations. If you’re caught up in all the changes, here are the 5 skills that you need to cope.

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Add to the stack: Summer reading suggestions

3 August 2020

The Association staff shared their personal reading lists. Here are some thought-provoking titles to expand your mind.

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The missing ingredient for transformation success

31 July 2020

By Rebecca McCaffry CPFA, FCMA, CGMA, Associate Technical Director - Management Accounting

COVID-19 has changed business operations and priorities. Finance leaders — familiar with change — are the key for economic success.

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Fighting coronavirus: lessons from China

22 July 2020

By Dr. Aidan Goddard, FCMA, CGMA, is the Vice GM and CFO of Kärcher Investment China 

CIMA Council member Dr. Aidan Goddard shares his personal experience during the COVID-19 outbreak and what he learned from it.

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The link between corporate culture and integrated reporting

17 July 2020

By Jacky Pfennig, Manager, Global Management Accounting Research and Development

To make the most of integrated reporting, you need to understand corporate culture. Use the findings of recent research to excel. 

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Survive the crisis and beyond with these cost-cutting techniques

13 July 2020

By Anastasia Fokina, ACMA, CGMA, CFO Home Credit Bank

This blog post discusses how to cut costs on rent, use online platforms, and safely serve your employees and customers.

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How to optimise your supply chains

10 July 2020

By Dr. Ian Selby Vice President – Global Management Accounting Research and Development

The pandemic is revealing major business vulnerabilities. Ask yourself these questions to build more resilient, shockproof supply chains.

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These days, we all need to get better at managing anxiety. Here’s how to help yourself, your peers or your employees regain control.

5 tips for building business relationships in difficult times

15 July 2020

The strength of your business relations could determine how you come out of this crisis. Here’s how you can strengthen the crucial ones.

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4 things the UK government should do to fire up a strong recovery

06 July 2020

By Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive — MA, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

The key areas the UK government should concentrate to overcome its challenges as it battles to achieve economic recovery.

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How to redefine and reimagine your business model

02 July 2020

By David Hackett, Technical Manager, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Focus on core activities through the lens of innovation. Adding value may require changes to business operations. Here’s how to move forward.

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Top tips for successfully seeking opportunities through social

30 June 2020

Many use social media for leisure, but it's also a powerful recruitment tool. Learn more about how your online presence could be the key to successful job hunting.

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6 UK government resources your business can use 

25 June 2020

By Ross Archer, Lead Manager – Public Policy, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Government aid can be an important part of your business’ post-COVID recovery. If you’re in the UK, here are some options you can use.

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Accounting with pride 

22 June 2020

By Alessandro Ghio, Nicholas McGuigan, and Lisa Powell, Monash University

Diversity and inclusion can’t be limited to assimilation of the LGBTQI community. Accounting firms must expand organisational practices.

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Staff anxiety: A major coronavirus challenge for businesses

18 June 2020

By Amber Cowburn, founder at Working Well and Mental Health First Aid Instructor

These days, we all need to get better at managing anxiety. Here’s how to help yourself, your peers or your employees regain control.

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These days, we all need to get better at managing anxiety. Here’s how to help yourself, your peers or your employees regain control.

How to get your finances in order: Building for the future

16 June 2020

To get your finances in order, establishing a firm foundation is only the beginning. Your next step is learning what questions to ask.

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How to get your finances in order: A firm foundation

11 June 2020

No matter what business you’re in, you need to get your finances in order. Establish a firm foundation by addressing these issues.

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Three practices to successfully lead during difficult times

09 June 2020

By Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive — Management Accounting at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

There are many ways to lead, and organisations and circumstances call for different approaches. Here are three practices to fine-tune your style.

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Promote resiliency and sustainability with the 6 capitals

05 June 2020

By Barry C. Melancon, CPA, CGMA, CEO, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, President and CEO, American Institute of CPAs

Accountants are essential to leading the economy to recovery. Use an integrated approach to recover quicker and move towards sustainability.

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The time to implement responsible finance initiatives is now

04 June 2020

By Nick Jackson, FCMA, CGMA, President of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

We serve as trusted advisers, offering insights to drive prosperity and see the global impact of our business now and in future generations.

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How businesses can support employees and the community

28 May 2020

By Bryony Clear Hill, Associate Manager, Ethics Awareness

Companies play a key role in combating the global pandemic. Here are three steps to show your support to employees and the community.

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3 tools for bringing businesses out of lockdown

27 May 2020

By Dr. Ian Selby and Dr. Martin Farrar

Even once the pandemic end there’s no going back to the way things were. Use these resources to prepare organisations for the new normal.

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Diversity & inclusion is imperative now and always

21 May 2020

By Crystal Cooke, Director - Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion promotes innovation and economic growth. How can you cultivate D&I in the workplace during a global pandemic?

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Keys to business success: Tools to thrive in the new normal

19 May 2020

By Kenneth W. Witt, Senior Manager — Management Accounting and Member Engagement

Many companies offer staff flexibility. Online shopping isn’t new. But this pandemic is taking it to the next level. Here are tools to level up.

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Malicious cyber campaigns are rising. Increase your knowledge and protect your organisation with these five cybersecurity resources.

Bounce back quicker with integrated thinking

15 May 2020

By Nick Topazio, Associate Technical Director: Integrated Thinking & Reporting — Management Accounting

There will be a need to balance the short-term priority of cost control with the long-term focus of innovation and business resilience.

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Malicious cyber campaigns are rising. Increase your knowledge and protect your organisation with these five cybersecurity resources.

10 tips to safeguard your mental health during the quarantine

13 May 2020

By Amber Cowburn, founder at Working Well and Mental Health First Aid Instructor

Are you struggling with self-isolation? The quarantine can take a toll on anyone, so incorporate these suggestions into your daily life.

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Malicious cyber campaigns are rising. Increase your knowledge and protect your organisation with these five cybersecurity resources.

5 cybersecurity resources for business resilience

11 May 2020

By Dr. Ian Selby, Vice President – Global Management Accounting Research and Development

Malicious cyber campaigns are rising. Increase your knowledge and protect your organisation with these five cybersecurity resources.

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Malicious cyber campaigns are rising. Increase your knowledge and protect your organisation with these five cybersecurity resources.

Management accountants are well-placed to drive resilience

08 May 2020

By Peter Simons, FCMA, CGMA, Associate Technical Director of Research - MA

With a pragmatic, commercial approach to financial management, management accountants are well-positioned to bring resilience into reality for the business.

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5 tips on CPD monitoring

06 May 2020

Add professional development activities to your profile, and you’ll be set! If selected for CPD monitoring, you’ll be done in a few clicks.

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Chain reaction Building resilient supply chains

04 May 2020

By Rebecca McCaffry CPFA, FCMA, CGMA, Associate Technical Director - Management Accounting

One of the biggest threats of the ongoing pandemic is disruption to supply chains. Here’s what to look for and what you can do to help.

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How to protect yourself from fraud during COVID-19

01 May 2020

By Bryony Clear Hill, Associate Manager — Ethics Awareness

Fraudsters are trying to use the COVID-19 chaos to scam us. From fake products to texts and phishing emails, here’s what to watch for.

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Zoom virtual backgrounds for finance professionals

30 April 2020

Make your video calls a bit more interesting with our new virtual backgrounds. Ranging from fun to formal, there’s something for everyone.

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How to keep your business healthy during the pandemic

29 April 2020

By Michael Von der Geest, CEO at EY Seren

To ensure your company has a viable future, you may need to make some tough decisions. Here’s where your business priorities should lie.

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Business continuity management is a must. Here’s a framework. 

27 April 2020

By Kenneth W. Witt, Senior Manager — Management Accounting and Member Engagement

Finance professionals are uniquely positioned to identify critical processes and analyse potential impacts.

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Professional judgment: 5 ways finance can help in a crisis 

24 April 2020

By Professor Sir Andrew Likierman FCMA, CGMA, CIMA Past President and Professor of Management Practice at the London Business School

As you help your organisation navigate the financial impacts of this pandemic, here are five areas where you can apply professional judgment.

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Decision-making in uncertain times

22 April 2020

By Dr Martin Farrar, Associate Technical Director - Management Accounting

With a team of strategists, generate ideas for solutions and probable outcomes. Here’s guidance to make quality decisions.

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An expert guide to remote working for businesses

20 April 2020

By Anastasia Stefanidou, Associate Manager — Branded Content Strategy

This sudden shift to remote working may enlighten individualsFinance professionals thrive when they can choose their workspace.

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Corporate reporting during a pandemic

16 April 2020

By David Hackett, Technical Manager

Implementing processes and reporting business operations will better prepare your company for any future economic difficulty.

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The UK needs a reskilling revolution

9 February 2021

By Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive — MA

Only three in 10 U.K. SME employees said they undertook professional development in 2020.

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These days, we all need to get better at managing anxiety. Here’s how to help yourself, your peers or your employees regain control.

The Future of Finance: How to thrive in the digital age

19 March 2019

By Ash Noah, CPA, CGMA, FCMA, Managing Director of CGMA Learning, Education and Research

Technology creates capacity in the finance function, but to capitalise on this, finance teams need to have the right skills and competencies.

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Adopt an artistic perspective to transform accounting

15 April 2020

By Nicholas McGuigan, CA, CPA, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Accounting, Monash Business School, Australia

Like accounting, art affects all of us. You’re invited to explore how these seemingly contradictory disciplines intersect.

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Changing with the times: Work in the age of COVID-19

8 April 2020

By Peter Spence, Associate Technical Director — MA

The pandemic is forcing us all to evolve in a hurry. Here’s how one professional adapted to the personal and professional changes.

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Resources to help you keep calm and carry on through COVID-19

6 April 2020

By Dr. Ian Selby, Vice President - Global Research and Development

Everyone is struggling to adaptbut being well-informed will help you and your organisation meet any challenge. Use these resources today. 

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Strategies for moving beyond the finance department

3 April 2020

By Lori A. Sexton, CPA, CGMA, Senior Technical Manager — Management Accounting

With this global pandemic, new policies are being developed. Many CFOs are informing the process and managing the logistics.

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Lead with mental health in mind during the COVID-19 pandemic

1 April 2020

By Amber Cowburn, founder at Working Well and Mental Health First Aid Instructor

Preventing the spread of coronavirus is crucial, but so is preserving the mental health and well-being of our team members. Follow these tips to help.

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Cash is king and credit is crucial: Operating in a crisis

30 March 2020

By Kenneth W. Witt, Senior Manager — Management Accounting and Member Engagement

The coronavirus is having an unprecedented impact on the economy. Every management accountant needs to follow these tips and use these tools.

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Maintaining wellbeing during the age of coronavirus

26 March 2020

Anxiety is high. Stress is palpable. Here are tips for managing stress during a global crisis.

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Reimagining how to conduct business as usual

24 March 2020

By Lori A. Sexton, CPA, CGMA, Senior Technical Manager - MA

Promote the health of your team and business by responding to effects and implications of the coronavirus. Here are tools to develop a new normal.

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Self-isolation to-dos

17 March 2020

Think in terms of the glass being half-full. Use your self-quarantine time productively and work on some of the skills you never had time to.

 

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Attract more women: The answer to skilled labour shortages

11 March 2020

By Samantha Louis, CGMA, Vice President International Advocacy

Women represent the largest block of untapped adult labour in the UK. Here’s what that means for you.

 

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Women in leadership is good for business, good for society

08 March 2020

By Anastasia Stefanidou, Associate Manager — Branded Content Strategy

Companies everywhere need to make clear goals and take bigger steps towards gender equality. You can help. 

 

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Coronavirus: 4 tips to work remotely

04 March 2020

By Samantha Joseph, Associate Manager — Branded Content Strategy

As the coronavirus spreads, responsible organisations recognise that their employees need to work remotely. Here’s what you need to know.

 

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A dazzling spectacle

14 February 2020

By Rebecca McCaffry CPFA, FCMA, CGMA, Associate Technical Director - MA

Transformation in business is Oscar-worthy when investment in technology extends to investing in the people who use it.

 

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The dark web and finance: The threat is real

11 February 2020

The dark web threatens enterprise security, and especially the finance function. We’ll show you how protect yourself and your organisation.

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British workers behind in the race to gain skills for automation

5 February 2020

By Andrew Harding FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive — Management Accounting

37% of U.K. workers said they don’t need to learn new skills in 2019, according to our latest Mind the Skills Gap research.

 

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Is an accounting apprenticeship right for me?

3 February 2020

By Debra Wong, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

If you’ve decided to pursue accounting, an apprenticeship can speed up your career growth.

 

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6 strategies to negotiate your salary

31 January 2020

By Debra Wong, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Almost half of working professionals don’t negotiate their salaries. If that’s you, here’s how you can get started with salary negotiation.

 

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How social mobility can be key to overcoming talent deficit

27 January 2020

By Amal Ratnayake, FCMA, CGMA, President, CIMA, Chair, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

By 2030, global demand for highly skilled workers will exceed supply by 85.2 million. Supporting social mobility may offer a solution.

 

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8 ways to beat the Blue Monday blues

 20 January 2020

By Amber Cowburn, founder at Working Well and Mental Health First Aid Instructor

Mental health issues affect many finance professionals, and this time of year is extra hard. Here are tips to get past the January doldrums.

 

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Ethics and responsible business in a new decade

14 January 2020

By Bryony Clear Hill, Associate manager – ethics awareness

The ethical challenges business faces are always changing. To mark the launch of CIMA’s new Code of Ethics, we look at three of the top areas where management accountants can make a difference.

 

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Winning in the 2020s: The business imperative of resilience

7 January 2020

By  Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive – Management Accounting

More than ever, businesses must embrace innovation and build resilience to survive the complete overhaul of their environment in the 2020s.

 

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CIMA's 2019 milestones and opportunities for the future

18 December 2019

By Amal Ratnayake, FCMA, CGMA, President, CIMA, Chair, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

As the Centenary year ends, CIMA President Amal Ratnayake reflects on key milestones and shares future opportunities and next steps.

 

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A malware at Christmas

11 December 2019

By Anastasia Stefanidou, Associate Manager — Branded Content Strategy

Cybercriminals are very active this time of year. Learn how to protect yourself and your data before humbug hackers hijack your holidays.

 

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New Year’s resolutions for every accounting and finance professional

4 December 2019

By Mballa Mendouga, Communications — Manager, Corporation Social Responsibility & Campaigns

New Year’s resolutions aren’t for the uncommitted or unprofessional. Here are three to help you thrive in 2020.

 

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The 8 most-read CIMA Insights blogs of 2019 

27 November 2019

With topics ranging from ways to get free CPD to tips for becoming a better strategic business partner, there’s something for everyone.

 

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6 resources to grow your cybersecurity IQ

20 November 2019

By Colette Sharbaugh; Mballa Mendouga; and Jesse Bullington

These six resources can sharpen your cybersecurity skills and deepen your knowledge.

 

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International Accounting Day - A serendipitous journey through our accounting history

10 November 2019

By Dr Martin Farrar, Associate Technical Director, Research and Development – MA

International Accounting Day is the perfect opportunity to explore our profession’s past, from its ancient origins to modern practice.

 

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Why responsible business is good business

30 October 2019

By Bryony Clear Hill, Associate Manager — Ethics Awareness

In the 21st century, making the biggest profit isn’t necessarily everything.

 

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Four movies with a side of business ethics

22 October 2019

By Sarah Freytag-Traut, Lead Manager – Communications and Campaigns

What do the “Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Devil Wears Prada” have in common? Read our latest blog post to find out.

 

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Six Excel hacks to become a spreadsheet pro

17 October 2019

By Anastasia Stefanidou, Associate Manager — Branded Content Strategy

Many people are comfortable with Excel but few master every intricate shortcut and feature. Become the office Excel guru in no time with these six Excel hacks.

 

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Facing ethical dilemmas

16 October 2019

By Bryony Clear Hill, Associate Manager – Ethics Awareness

Facing an ethical dilemma at work can be stressful! Learn steps you can take to help you make the right decisions, and discover useful resources that can support you.

 

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An expert guide to keep your data safe and secure

10 October 2019

By Anastasia Stefanidou, Associate Manager - Branded Content Strategy

Did you know that you’re far more likely to be a victim of fraud than to be mugged? We met with John Webb, Experian, to talk about how a fraudster might steal your identity or details and how you can protect yourself against them.

 

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A quick guide to business ethics

3 October 2019

By Bryony Clear Hill, Associate Manager — Ethics Awareness 

October is all about ethics at CIMA, but what do we mean by business ethics? And where does CIMA fit in? 

 

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Tips and tricks that make us sit better at our desks!

24 September 2019

By Alexis Rothberg, Communications Manager and Anastasia Stefanidou, Associate Manager - Branded Content Strategy

Is your desk setup uncomfortable? Do you have a twinge in your back, neck, wrists or fingers? It doesn’t have to be that way — these tips can make all the difference.

 

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Ace your next video conference call with these 3 skills

18 September 2019

By Mballa Mendouga – Manager, Social Responsibility & Campaigns 

Don’t let bad habits get the best of you during video conference calls. Brush up on these three skills before your next on-camera business meeting.

 

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Lifelong learning the key to a healthy life  

3 September 2019

By Laura Gallo, Applied Neuroscience PG Dip 

Find out more on all the positive aspects that continuous learning can bring into your life, from sustained mental clarity to all perks that come with improved cognitive ability.

 

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Skills to help you ace any job interview  

27 August 2019

By Mballa Mendouga, Communications — Manager, Corporation Social Responsibility & Campaigns 

Master these four human intelligence skills to help you win over any interviewer.

 

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8 ways you can earn CPD for free 

20 August 2019

By Anastasia Stefanidou, Associate Manager — Branded Content Strategy 

We’ve sourced a suite of online and offline resources that will help you meet your CPD requirements … free! Tip: this blog counts, too.

 

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CFO personal brand – why it becomes so important? 

14 August 2019

By Wojciech Wieroński FCMA, CGMA 

The importance of a CFO’s personal brand is growing. And it is more crucial than ever for CFOs to strive to deliver their personal brand promises.

 

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Is procrastination always bad?

7 August 2019

By Laura Gallo, Applied Neuroscience PG Dip 

Struggling with procrastination? Find out if you are you an active or passive procrastinator and how to retrain yourself in two simple ways.

 

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Be prepared for your CIMA exams

30 July 2019

By Rebecca McCaffry CPFA, FCMA, CGMA, Associate Technical Director - Management Accounting 

A study plan, tackling the tough subjects and feedback are the recipe for success, says a fellow CIMA student.

 

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What's on your reading list?

23 July 2019

By Anastasia Stefanidou, Associate Manager - Branded Content and Channels 

As holiday reading has become a competitive sport, start thinking about what’s on your summer reading list this year.

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Why fixing the U.K. skills gap can improve productivity

16 July 2019

By Andrew Harding FCMA, CGMA, Chief Executive – Management Accounting 

We need to create a highly skilled, tech-savvy workforce to boost U.K. productivity and deliver growth, but evidence suggests we’re still a long way off.

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How data science can transform your business

10 July 2019

By Jennifer Gardner, Lead Manager - Communications and Social Strategy

Get answers to your data science questions and learn how to ask your data scientist the right questions in this interview.

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A new framework for managing business is needed

03 July 2019

By Peter Spence, Associate Technical Director — Management Accounting

Read how your company can rise to the challenges to today’s ever-changing business ecosystem and learn how CIMA is exploring what pioneering companies are doing to keep up.

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Stewardship Code — is the Code review likely to improve shareholder oversight?

26 June 2019

By David Hackett, Technical Policy Manager

The new UK Stewardship Code is a positive step towards bringing more accountability and transparency for modern businesses.

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PRIDE raises sales and productivity

18 June 2019

By Anastasia Stefanidou, Associate Manager - Branded Content and Channels

In recognition of Pride month, we had a look at the correlation between workforce diversity and company financial performance and some tips on how your business can support your LGBTQIA+ workforce.

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12 podcasts you should listen to this summer

13 June 2019

By Sarah Freytag-Traut, Lead Manager – Communications and Campaigns

Never listened to a podcast or looking for inspiration for your next binge-listening session? Here are some of our top recommendations.

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Five simple cybersecurity tips for your small business

4 June 2019

By Anastasia Stefanidou, Associate Manager - Branded Content and Channels

Cybersecurity is a growing concern for organisations of all sizes in today’s digitally connected world. Here are five tips to help your business stay safe.

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Look beyond your bottom line to drive better performance

28 May 2019

By Nick Topazio, ACMA CGMA, Associate Technical Director — Management Accounting

Purpose and profit can be mutually achievable reveals the latest pulse check in the "Purpose and Profit" brief. Find out more about what is needed and also some tips to help.

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Blockchain: more than bitcoin

23 May 2019

By Anastasia Stefanidou, Associate Manager - Branded Content and Channels

While there is still a long way to go before we’re all using blockchain regularly in our daily lives, there are some already existing applications that bring us closer to this goal. Find ways you can use blockchain right now in your everyday life.

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How Integrated Reporting <IR> can benefit your organisation

15 May 2019

By Nick Topazio, ACMA CGMA, Associate Technical Director — Management Accounting

<IR> is far more than just another reporting framework; it helps organisations create value, tell their story and contribute to more efficient capital markets. Discover how <IR> can benefit your organisation.

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Beyond profits: The new role of the business

9 May 2019

By Dr. Ian Selby , Vice President - Research and Development (Management Accounting)

Management accountants help to drive trust in business. Learn more about why this intangible asset is important and how to protect it.

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Step up your password management game

2 May 2019

By Liz Rock, Associate Manager – Branded Content and Channels, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

With identity theft becoming one of the world’s fastest growing crimes, days like World Password Day are crucial to raising awareness of online threats. How can you protect yourselves from hackers?

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How to be a better strategic business partner

23 April 2019

By Gillian Lees, Senior Director, Research & Development

Demands for providing strategic advice and guidance are rising requirements for management accountants in the digital age. So how can reading corporate stories help?

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RPA is for everyone, even you!

16 April 2019

By Rob King, Independent Advisor on RPA, Innovation and Strategic Change

Today, after years of changes and developments, robotic process automation is finally for everyone, including you. Learn about how a business of any size can begin to implement it.

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Rugby set piece or new way of working?

09 April 2019

By Nick Topazio ACMA CGMA, Associate Technical Director — Management Accounting

Agile scrum techniques are transforming the ways innovative organisations are doing business.  Find out how companies are successfully embracing this development and what they regard as the benefits of doing so.

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Get going with cost management

02 April 2019

By Peter Spence, Associate Technical Director — Management Accounting

How to get a cost management change initiative going in your business.

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Culture, engagement and happiness = productivity + profit

26 March 2019

By Rebecca McCaffry CPFA, FCMA, CGMA, Associate Technical Director — Management Accounting

We’re all familiar with the damage that can be caused by personality clashes in the workplace, but how can leaders ensure a harmonious balance between their organisation and its employees?

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