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Soft skills and your future as an accountant

By Peter Nixon When I first moved to Hong Kong more than 20 years ago to manage audits at one of the Big Four firms (then six), I was struck by the difference in importance attributed to leadership and development as compared with Canada where I started my career, Switzerland where I refined my international… Read More Soft skills and your future as an accountant

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How to handle difficult co-workers

In today’s workplace, we need to get along with a wide variety of colleagues—and some of them, frankly, aren’t so peachy. Learn how to make the most of a difficult situation. It’s a fact of life that not everyone plays nicely in the sandbox. Given the mix of different personalities, work styles and varying responses… Read More How to handle difficult co-workers

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How to lead effective meetings

by Cecilia Yam Meetings are always named as the top time waster in the office. However, that is largely due to how they are conducted. When conducted effectively, meetings disseminate valuable information, increase workplace communication, and boost morale and productivity. In the last year, the Institute’s Practice Review Committee reviewed and discussed over 200 practice… Read More How to lead effective meetings

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Let’s hear it for the boss

By Stacy Lee Kong No one wants to be a subpar manager. Here’s how to up your game and be a standout boss. When Ilana Zeidel, a tax accountant at a mid-sized Toronto firm, was promoted to a management role for the first time, there were tricky moments. “At first it was a bit awkward… Read More Let’s hear it for the boss

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Doing business in… Colombia

By Jennifer Campbell Colombia is affirming its place on the economic world stage with new trade agreements and significant GDP growth. Colombia has been an economic darling on the world stage, with real GDP growth of more than 4% from 2010 to 2014. Colombia attracted record levels of investment in 2013 and 2014, much of… Read More Doing business in… Colombia