Think Strategically and Act Decisively — On Demand
Responding successfully to constant change happens only when you stack those blocks faster and more strategically than your competition. Nick Tasler discusses how the top 10% of highest-performing leaders respond to change with speed and agility. He also reviews strategies on how to think strategically and act decisively, allowing you to become a better leader.
Professionalism: Ethics, Rules, and Standards for New CGAs
The Certified General Accountants Association and its members and students share responsibilities related to the Code of Ethical Principles and Rules of Conduct (CEPROC). Through reviewing the Ethical Principles and Rules of Conduct, this course explores how these responsibilities can be applied in your day-to-day professional activities.
Time Management Skills for Managers — On Demand
Managers require essential time management skills to effectively manage multiple projects and time constraints, and to effectively oversee team responsibilities. These are critical to reducing stress and overwhelm. Join organizational and productivity expert Sherry Borsheim and learn proven tools and strategies that you can implement immediately.
Strategic Planning: Implementing Change in Your Organization — On Demand
This webcast will outline how you can manage change and ensure that strategic decisions are implemented throughout your organization. Through the use of balanced scorecards and dashboards, it will address how you can better map out the future of your organization and then align day-to-day operations with long-term goals and visions.
Emotional Intelligence: What Is It, and Why Do We Need It? — On Demand
Research shows that for jobs of all kinds, Emotional Intelligence is twice as important as IQ plus technical skills. Long considered innate, Emotional Intelligence can be learned and improved upon by every individual. This webcast will discuss what Emotional Intelligence is, why we need it, and how to use it effectively to achieve personal and professional success. This is a refresher of the December 2012 webcast with new additions and information.
Getting Your Ideas Across to Management — On Demand
Your ability to persuade, influence, and get your ideas accepted by others, particularly those who are senior to you in an organization, is key to professional and career success. Learn specific and practical ways to gain respect and influence for your ideas in this webcast presented by workplace communications expert Merge Gupta Sunderji.
De-Stress Your Life: Achieve Calmness and Higher Performance — On Demand
Calming chaos and reducing stress in today's fast-paced life is what so many working professionals are seeking in an effort to create a healthy balanced lifestyle. Gain inner peace and better work/life balance through this valuable webcast, presented by productivity and organization expert Sherry Borsheim who will identify the tools and habits to reduce stress and improve productivity.
Effective Team Communication — On Demand
Effective collaboration is critical to organizational (and individual) success. However, in the face of uncertainty, it’s easy to revert to old or comfortable habits, or to neglect important conversations. In this webcast, Todd Henry reviews effective communication skills that are especially crucial for anyone who leads a team or interfaces with clients. He will also discuss the three elements of critical collaboration: trust, respect, and empathy.
The 7 Most Common Pitfalls in Your Work and How to Avoid Them — On Demand
Each day that we postpone difficult tasks and succumb to the clutter that chokes creativity, discipline, and innovation results in a net deficit to the world, our organizations, and ourselves. In this webcast, Todd Henry discusses seven pitfalls that lead to mediocrity and how you can intentionally work to combat them. He will also cover simple strategies on how to be effective and find passion for your work.
Protect Your Financial Power: The Uncommon-Sense Approach — On Demand
As mounting debt levels threaten many businesses, as well as individuals in Canada, it is important for finance and accounting professionals to know the simple strategies in navigating these circumstances. This webcast will present all the uncommon-sense approaches you need to know in managing your own spending, and how you can help your clients protect their financial power too.
Quick Month-End Reporting in Three Days or Less, Part 1 — On Demand
Finance teams around the world are spending too much time on month-end reporting. This webcast will provide insight to shorten your month-end reporting process. Currently achieved by leading organizations around the world, quick reporting will have a profound impact within the organization and free the finance team to look into the future instead of being the organization’s historians.
Human Behaviour: Setting and Reaching Your Goals — On Demand
In this webcast, Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson explains why we need to put aside our mistaken beliefs about why we have succeeded or failed in the past, and focus instead on what science tells us really matters: using the right strategies. Learn about the mistakes we most commonly make when setting goals, and the hidden pitfalls of goal pursuit. Master simple and effective strategies for achieving specificity, increasing smart commitment, monitoring progress, and planning for goal execution.
From Controller to CFO, Part 1: The Task Aspects of the Role — On Demand
Career accountants will typically achieve their highest financial role as a Chief Financial Officer. What are the concerns and skills of an effective CFO who operates in today’s marketplace? This webcast will outline the key aspects of a typical CFO role and will then focus on the core tasks that form part of the job.
Leading Successful Change — On Demand
Given today’s pace and scope of innovation and constant transition, knowing how to manage and implement significant change within an organization is essential. Join Chris Edgelow in this engaging and highly practical webcast where he will provide an overview of what is required to ensure changes yield the desired results.
10 Steps to Supercharging Your Practice, Part 2 — On Demand
There are seven things that all business owners want from their accountants. In this second webcast of this two part series, advisor Craig Devlin will review each of the seven things clients are wishing you would provide. He will also show you how to reduce the time taken to do routine tasks, implement time saving measures, market effectively to clients, and improve your profits.
10 Steps to Supercharging Your Practice, Part 1 — On Demand
The accountant is the last trusted advisor to business owners, but that position is being eroded by fee pressure, competition from new sources, demanding clients, and increasing regulations. In this first webcast of a two-part series, discover how to work with quality clients, improve your revenue, reduce your debtors, reduce your work in progress, and improve your profits.
Attention Please: The 3 Ps of Public Speaking — On Demand
The ability to deliver information is critical and presentation skills are a must. From preparing you to deliver, presenting what it is you want to say, focusing your message, to adding engagement to your presentation, this webcast is invaluable to your professional development.
Ethics Online: Professional and Personal Ethics in Organizations
This course examines what it means to be a professional, dedicated to ethical decision making. Ethics deals with the myriad free zones of moral choice and judgment about what is “right” or “best” to do. It covers decision making where the law does not prescribe a minimum standard or where we seek to act in a manner that is above the minimum prescribed legal standard, such as in a Code of Ethics.
Corporate Social Responsibility & Ethics
The subject of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) resonates throughout today’s business community. Discover the topical issues that define CSR — environment, social responsibility, and corporate governance — and examine how ethics factors into the accompanying issues affecting business leaders today.
Career Progression, Part 1: Take Control of Your Path — On Demand
Take control of your career path and sharpen your skills for future job market opportunities. Join Jennifer Gervès-Keen in this first webcast of the Career Progression Series, where you will gain tools such as goal setting, reviewing current resume techniques, and employer expectation that will help you be successful in your career transition.
Career Progression, Part 2: Job Search Skills and Techniques — On Demand
Take control of your career path and sharpen your skills for future job market opportunities. Join Jennifer Gervès-Keen in this second webcast of the Career Progression Series, where you will gain further knowledge, such as job search techniques, interview skills, and networking that will help you be successful in your career transition.
CGA Nova Scotia — Professional Development
The CGA Nova Scotia Continuing Education and Professional Development Program establishes the standards deemed appropriate for CGA professionals to meet the objectives of continuing education and development and to satisfy the member's duty to his/her peers and the public.
CGA New Brunswick — Professional Development
Seminar Date: January 1, 2011
As your partner in learning, CGA New Brunswick presents quality career growth opportunities for members, students and the public. The programs are always current and offer...
CGA Manitoba — Upcoming Seminars and Events
As your partner in learning, CGA Manitoba presents quality career growth opportunities for members, students and the public. The programs are always current and offer something of interest. The facilitators are market leaders and participants take away new approaches with immediate practical applications.
Seminar Date: January 1, 2011
As your partner in learning, CGA presents quality career growth opportunities for members, students and the public. The programs are always current and offer something of interest. The facilitators are market leaders and participants take away new approaches with immediate practical applications.
CGA-Alberta — Live Seminar PD Event Page
Association events and seminars bring CGAs, students and other professionals together for valuable learning and networking. The Events pages present detailed descriptions of PD opportunities and special events around Alberta as well ...
International Business Ethics Institute
This website, maintained by the Washington-based International Business Ethics Institute, contains links to various international sites, including publications, networks, think tanks, and corporations that focus on business ethics issues. Countries represented include Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Malaysia, South Africa, the Netherlands, and Belgium, among others. These provide a good flavour on...
Three Questions for Effective Feedback
How do you get feedback from your team on how you are doing and how you could be better assisting them to thrive, or even from your boss to better assist you to thrive in your role? This article offers three simple questions that could elicit invaluable feedback. I think these questions could also potentially be used with clients or customers, or with personal relationships.
Why Ethics Hotlines Are Considered a Best Practice
An ethics hotline can make an enormous difference in your business. It can not only cut down on the incidence of fraud, it also sets in motion a whole litany of ethical best practices to help ensure that your company has the best chance of policing itself over the long term against fraud and other malfeasance.
Lead Us Not to Temptation
In a global economy, it’s inevitable that you and your company will be exposed to very different cultural practices than here in North America when dealing overseas. Attitudes towards corruption, such as bribery, are key areas where these differences can be pronounced, points out this eye-opening CGA Magazine article.
Characteristics and Skills of the Forensic Accountant
Do you think you have the skills to become a forensic accountant? It’s a fast growing field with a lot of demand, and could offer a great career. But according to this study by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), it’s not a specialty for everybody with an accounting degree.
Embracing Change in the Accounting Profession
To get ahead in today’s world, accountants not only have to accept change, they need to embrace it, Jason Blumer emphasizes in this article for Accounting Web. One of the key areas driving this change is technology.
CPA Horizons 2025: A Road Map for the Future
Accountants are finding significant changes occurring with their roles and responsibilities; consequently adjustments are needed in the skill sets required to fulfill those. This comprehensive study by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) ...
Social Crunch: The Accountants Guide to Social Media Marketing
Have you just gotten over the hurdle of thinking about social media exclusively in terms of professional networking? And are you now ready to embrace it as a means of mainstream business communication? This guide, by Top Dog Social Media, which is based in Kelowna, BC, can help you.
Lunch Breaks: Do They Do a Body Good?
How often do you miss taking a lunch break at work or eat a hurried lunch at your desk? If you answered "often." you are not alone. Could doing so actually be to your detriment? This article by Rebecca Stropoli is published on the Yahoo Canada Finance web page.
Don't Let Your Job Search Depress You
If you've ever spent much time looking for a job, you may have found yourself feeling frustrated by the process or even worse. Priscilla Claman, President of Career Strategies, offers a few tips to manage your feelings and your job search.
The Way We Work Is Making Us Dumber
Do you ever feel like you can't concentrate or think as well or as clearly as you used to? A recent University of California at Irvine study shows that the high volume of e-mails many people receive can increase stress and reduce their ability to concentrate.
Take Back Your Life in Seven Simple Steps
How much does technology run your life? Technology has made us more productive — and maybe also less productive — as we spend time not only on value-add activities but also sometimes impulsively on time wasting and attention-reducing activities.
The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time
Ever feel burned out or overwhelmed? How often to you check your e-mail or texts inside and outside work? How often do you juggle multiple tasks? When was the last time you were truly focused on just one thing, or on one stream of thought?
Overcome Your Work Addiction
Are you addicted to work? Professor and writer Leslie A. Perlow writes, "Consider the following: Works long hours. Carries wireless device everywhere. On the phone at kid's soccer game. Checks in frequently during vacation. Does this describe your life?"
How to Keep Your Cool During a Performance Review
It's not usually comfortable for most people to listen to feedback. How good are you at receiving and implementing feedback from a performance review? This article by Robert M. Galford is posted on Harvard Business Review's HBR Blog Network.
The Only Three Job Interview Questions that Matter
Looking for some tips on how to sell yourself better in an interview? This article summarizes the three key things most hiring managers want to find out during an interview and offers some associated tips.
Six Reasons Why You Didn't Get the Job
Have you ever applied or interviewed for a job you felt you were a fit for and heard nothing or did not get the job? Ever wonder why? Here are some pretty common reasons you may not have considered.
Do People Really Want You to Be Honest?
Do you ever bend the truth even just a little to try to protect people's feelings or to achieve a desired effect? Inside and outside business this happens all the time. What if honesty was more desirable and effective?
Drew Dudley: Everyday Leadership
What do you think it takes for you to be a leader? What if it can be sometimes as simple as saying something or doing something that influences others positively? In this Ted.com talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives.
Develop Productivity Rituals
Do you ever feel like you have too much to do in your workday or personal life? In this video, posted on Harvard Business Reviews HBR Blog Network, Tony Schwartz, President and CEO of The Energy Project, lists the top four habits that help him get more work done.
Bad Habits That Can Sabotage Your Job Search
Looking for work can be challenging and thankfully most of us have not had to become well-practiced at it. This article provides a few great tips. I've seen quite a few accounting and finance professionals who are actively looking for their next role who could have benefited from reading this article.
Three Words That Guaranty Failure
When you set goals do you ever inadvertently set yourself up to fail? According to author Geoffrey James, "People who fail to achieve goals signal their intent to fail by using this common phrase." This is a very short article, but it contains some simple wisdom and insight worth considering!
Brené Brown: Listening to Shame
Brené Brown has spent the past 10 years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She believes that vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage and is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change. In this Ted.com video, she explores shame and confronting shame head on.
New Year, New Life 2012 — Anthony Robbins
Do you ever wonder why there are certain goals you want to achieve that somehow you just can't achieve, or you can only get part way towards and then give up? This Tony Robbins video provides four steps for turning resolutions into real results and for creating lasting transformation.
How a Shift in Your Vocabulary Can Instantly Change Your Attitude
Do you have a lot of things on your to do list or in your schedule that you "have to do" or "should do"? What if you consider those things instead things you choose to do, get to do, or want to do — does it feel different? The words we choose can have an amazing impact on our attitude.
Seven Things Highly Productive People Do
Do you ever feel distracted and unfocused? Does it feel like there are too many e-mails, too many calls, and/or just too many things to do? This article provides some tips for getting focused and productive.
In Denial: Why We Are Still Stressed
Are you or anyone around you stressed? Large numbers of people are stressed out. Many, extremely so. And far too many are failing to take adequate action to alleviate the stress in their lives. Why? This article by Amanda Enayati is published on the CNN Health site.
Julian Baggini: Is There a Real You?
"What makes you, you? Is it how you think of yourself, how others think of you, or something else entirely?" Julian Baggini draws from philosophy and neuroscience to give a surprising answer. This talk is posted on Ted.com.
What's Your Influencing Style?
How well do you influence others and impact their ideas, opinions, and actions? Gaining an awareness of your influencing style can be valuable in working collaboratively and successfully with others.
The Biggest Myth in Time Management
Do you ever find yourself wishing you could just get totally caught up and on top of everything? Do you feel stressed that you can't? Does it ever feel like you are on a treadmill of trying to keep up with e-mail, twitter, facebook, LinkedIn responses on top of your none-technology related responsibilities and "to do" list(s)?
12 Things You Should Never Do When Applying for a Job
Have you been applying for jobs that seem like the perfect fit, but you never hear back? There may be some things you can do to lessen the possibility you will be screened out from consideration, and hopefully increase the possibility you'll be called for an interview for roles for which you are indeed a perfect fit ...
Five Out-of-Date Job Search Tactics
Are you looking for a new role? Has it been a while since you last applied for a job? Some of the accepted and standard formats from the past may not be as effective in today's job market. This article has a few basic job application and interview tips for job seekers.
The Happy Secret to Better Work
Do you believe that being successful at work will make you happy? What if instead being happy could make you more successful at work? This entertaining and fast moving video talk is given by psychologist Shawn Achor.
Five Things I Look for in a Great Job Interview
What do you look for beyond an applicant's skills, experience, and interpersonal skills when you are interviewing? When you apply for a job or prepare for an interview what do you keep in mind? This author offers a few things to keep in mind that for him can make all the difference in how a candidate sells themselves for a job.
Are Successful People Nice?
Should successful leaders be nice? How successful will leaders be if they are nice? This article written by Art Markman is posted on Harvard Business Review's HBR Blog Network in.
Barry Schwartz on the Paradox of Choice
Do you value the freedom of choice you have each day living in Canada? Does your ability to make so many choices help to motivate you and make you happier? In this entertaining and insightful Ted.com talk, psychologist Barry Schwartz provides some very interesting food for thought.
Now, Where Was I? Six Strategies for Dealing With Workplace Distractions
Do you sometimes feel overloaded with e-mails, meetings, and information? Do you find it hard sometimes to get done all you need to? According to several studies, this article suggests, we are being interrupted 11 times each hour and these interruptions are taking, on average, an hour and a half out of each workday!
Tips for Getting More Organized: Don't
Do you pride yourself on taking the time regularly to sort your received and sent e-mails into organized folders to better manage them? How about your documents? After reading this article, you may want to reconsider.
Top Five Most Common Networking Mistakes
How well do you network and what do you use your business network for? Do you think that having hundreds of LinkedIn connections means you have a strong network? This article, written by Jeff Haden and published on Inc.com, summarizes what he believes are the top five most common networking mistakes.
Long-Term Unemployment: How to Explain it in a Job Interview
Do you wonder how to explain an extended period of unemployment to prospective employers? This article offers a few tips. On a personal note, I would suggest being very discriminating about your use of words if you decide to share "mistakes made in the job search process," as the article suggests.
Are We in Control of Our Own Decisions?
Do you think you usually make rational decisions? Behavioural economist Dan Ariely uses classic visual illusions and his own counter-intuitive research findings to show how we're not as rational as we think when we make decisions.
10 Tips Every Job Seeker Should Follow
Do you ever wonder what advice and guidance a highly successful headhunter and career coach would give to job seekers? This article lists the 10 tips every job seeker should follow.
How Resumes Get Read
When you are hiring someone for your team, what are you looking for when you initially look at a resume? Here are some strategies good recruiters use for reading through resumes quickly — sometimes for as little as 30 seconds — to help pre-screen and catch the most qualified candidates.
Amy Purdy: Living Beyond Limits
When obstacles present themselves in your life do you ever find yourself feeling down or unmotivated? In this very powerful talk, Amy Purdy shows us how to instead draw inspiration from life's obstacles. This talk is posted on Ted.com.
Are You Sabotaging Your Own Career? Probably
When things don't go well at work, do you ever find yourself blaming others or blaming circumstances? Is it possible that you may be doing things that could sabotage your career without even being aware of it?
The Fatal Flaw with 360 Surveys
Do 360 degree feedback surveys provide a reliable measure of a leader's strengths and weaknesses and improve their self-awareness? Some food for thought in this article by Marcus Buckingham, which is posted on Harvard Business Review's HBR Blog Network.
The Top Ten Reasons Why Candidates Land the Job
What does it take to successfully land a job? Unfortunately there is no one answer or guaranteed formula. However, here are 10 ways that have assisted candidates to be successful in their job search. This article by Colleen Clarke is published on workopolis.com.
Self-Defeating Job-Search Moves to Avoid
Do you find job searching frustrating? Here are 10 suggestions that may assist you to secure your next career role. Article by Liz Ryan posted on the Bloomberg Businessweek Business Exchange site.
Nine Snap Judgments Managers Make in Job Interviews
Do you use your intuition when you are making hiring decisions? When you are interviewing for a job, do you have a sense of the kind of snap judgments other might make? In his article posted on the Yahoo! Finance site, Jeff Haden lists the snap judgments he tends to make, which he says rarely turn out to be wrong.
The Interview Question You Should Always Expect
When you do your research prior to a job interview do you ever consider what you would hope to achieve during your first few months on the job with this prospective employer? There's some food for thought in this article, written by John Lees and published on Harvard Business Review's HBR Blog Network site.
The Right Way to Come Back from Vacation
When you return to work after a vacation, how quickly do the positive effects wear off? Here's a suggestion for a 3-step plan to help you get back into the swing of work while integrating more of how you felt while you were on vacation.
Work and Vacation Should Go Together
How successful are you at maintaining work-life balance? Does one area of your life sometimes overlap into the other? What if instead of striving for work-life balance we were to strive for something this author refers as "work-life integration"? This article by Ron Ashkenas is published on Harvard Business Review's HBR Blog Network.
Netiquette: How to Survive a Business Networking Event
How much do you enjoy business networking events? They can be invaluable. This article offers some basic tips for navigating a networking event with relative ease. Written by Colleen Clarke and published on Workopolis.com and on Colleen's website.
Don't Let Others Stress You Out
Do you believe that stress can be contagious? What can you do to help to insulate yourself? This article written by Amanda Enayati is published on CNN Health — The Chart.
Why Failure Is the Secret of Your Success
Do you think being successful and having the ability to succeed means never failing? Think again! This article by Susan Lucas is published on BNET, the CBS Interactive Business Network.
Are You Training Yourself to Fail?
How productive are you each day? Do you always get done everything you set out to? How are you at reaching goals you set? Author Peter Bregman believes that many of us have established patterns and rituals which may have actually trained us to fail reaching our goals; he also suggests establishing and practicing new rituals in perpetuity to help us be more productive.
Job Search No No's
Looking for a job in 2011 can be very different than looking for a job 20, 20, or even just a few years ago. The art of selling yourself properly can be critical in successfully making your next career step. This article written by Colleen Clarke and published on workopolis.com lists a number of potential errors and/or omissions that many job seekers are prone to.
How to Become a Great Finisher
Do you ever have projects you start but you don't finish? How about goals you set that you make some headway on but you don't quite reach? This article, written by motivational psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson, is published on the Harvard Business Review (HBR) Blog Network.
Is Your Boss Watching Your Linked In Profile?
Do you have profiles on social media sites like LinkedIn or Facebook? Are you careful to maintain a professional profile? Do you really know who is visiting or monitoring your online profiles and activity? This article, by Christina Bruce, is published on the Workopolis website. It provides some interesting food for thought in terms of privacy issues.
Be an Optimist Without Being a Fool
Do you think positive thinking and visualization alone can make things happen? Think again! It typically also requires planning, effort, persistence, and choosing the right strategies. This blog, on the Harvard Business Review (HBR) Blog Network, was written by motivational psychologist, Heidi Grant Halvorson.
CGA BC Professional Development
Your competitive advantage starts here! No matter what sector of business you’ve chosen as your focus, CGA-BC’s Professional Development seminars can help you take your career and your organization to new heights.
What the Experts Don't Tell You About Interviewing
Interviews can be unpredictable and depend greatly on the skill of the interviewer. This article, published on the Careers Blog page of the guardian.co.uk website, provides tips that may help you steer an interview in a direction that will highlight your skills and talents.