How to Stop Micromanaging Your Finance Team

Offering employees the freedom to succeed or fail, while still providing just enough support, can be a difficult tightrope for any manager to walk. At the same time, too much oversight doesn’t allow a team to grow and develop. To be a successful finance leader, you have to give your team space to learn. Here are some tips to help break the micromanaging habit and still facilitate positive team outcomes.

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How to Manage a Multigenerational Finance Team (and Not Go Totally Insane)

With baby boomers, generation Xers and millennials all in the workforce, it can be a challenge to successfully manage a multigenerational finance team.  Each generation brings its own expectations and values to the table.  This can create conflict and misunderstandings if not managed correctly.  Here are some tips to leading a multigenerational finance team to success.Read more

Confessions of a Finance Leader in the Tech Space

Can a CPA, CA make the leap to the world of financial analysis?  Can someone who has worked for a Big 4 transition successfully to a fast-paced, savvy tech company?  Are accountants meant to be entrepreneurs?  These types of questions are ones we’re asked everyday as finance and accounting recruiters.

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How to Give Feedback

Oddly enough, the words “Can I give you some feedback” don’t generate the same warm feeling as, “Here is some chocolate cake.” And while the person offering feedback may have the best of intentions, the way the feedback is delivered can result in a positive or negative response. There are ways, however, to offer feedback in a constructive fashion that leads to improvement and growth.

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The 5 Habits of Highly Successful Finance Managers

A study by Dale Carnegie Training revealed something disturbing.  Almost 75% of employees are not fully engaged at work.  But what differentiated the engaged from the disengaged?

The answer – a positive relationship with their immediate supervisor.

This makes the role of finance manager critical to an organization’s success. Here are five habits that successful finance managers demonstrate that inspire others to produce their best work.

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How to Be a Better Public Speaker

It’s said that our biggest fear as human beings is the fear of death.   In second place, apparently, is the fear of public speaking.  We’ve all been there, face sweating, heart racing and an adrenaline rush similar to that of riding a roller coaster.  Doing a presentation in front of our team or even senior leadership can be a stress inducing experience.  But here’s the thing, it doesn’t have to be.  Here are some tips that can help you become a more competent and confident public speaker.

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How to Land International Accounting Jobs

Ben Irwin said, “Most of us spend our lives as if we have another life in the bank.” Mark Twain echoed that in a way that makes sense for this blog. He said, “Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Explore. Dream. Discover.” If either of those two quotes speak to you and you've contemplated living in a different country and sampling a new culture, here are some tips for landing an international accounting job.

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What Makes an Accountant Successful?

As finance and accounting recruiters in Toronto we regularly meet with people at different stages of their professional career. What we’ve noted is that certain traits seem to best predict success. In order to get the career you want, try to foster the following qualities, while mitigating the ones that can hinder your development.

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Tips from Toronto Recruiters: How to Quit Your Accounting Job

There’s no point in casting a metaphorical grenade as you exit stage left from your accounting job. That does damage to your professional brand, as well as remove any chance you have of returning should the need arise.  Instead, there are some key strategies to keep in mind when it comes to quitting an accounting job with class.

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How to Use LinkedIn to Attract Toronto Recruiters

Whether you’re looking for your first job, or ready to jump to a new one, LinkedIn is a powerful tool to help catch the eye of a finance or accounting recruiter. But what if you haven’t started a profile, or failed to update it since you took your last job? Here are some tips to get you noticed by recruiters on LinkedIn.

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