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Like our personal New Year resolutions, work-related goals will slip unless they become embedded in our daily routine, writes Teresa Campbell. At the start of a new year, it is natural to think about what you want to achieve over the coming 12 months, both personally and professionally. We set goals for ourselves and our teams, often investing much time in the process. However, even with the best of intentions, we often slip back into familiar routines, missing out on opportunities to make the most of the year ahead. Getting into the habit When setting out to achieve new goals, it can be useful to focus on developing new habits that can help us succeed. In 2009, Phillippa Lally and her colleagues at London’s UCL defined habits as behaviours that are performed automatically because they have been performed frequently in the past. Their research found that it can take much longer than many people think to form a habit, and perseverance is the key to success. According to Lally and her colleagues, to form a habit, one should be very clear with themselves about what action they will adopt and in what situation, and then carry out that action consistently. Lally says that, over time, it will require less effort. Likewise, in the workplace, when managers are encouraging teams to form new habits (be it good time management, better organisation or to adopt a more independent working style), they need to be clear about what they want the team to achieve, encourage the group along the way and have regular check-ins to be sure these new behaviours are happening consistently. Do as I do Managers also need to reflect on how their work habits impact on team members. Do you lead by example? Do you make time to get to know your team members? Do you give credit where credit is due? Do you take regular breaks, manage your stress and prioritise your health and wellbeing? Do you communicate your expectations clearly and set realistic goals and deadlines? These are essential habits, which all persons should develop to become a productive team member – but your team will struggle to embed them into their lifestyle if they don’t see you doing the same. Consistency is key I suspect that if you were to ask each of your team members and managers about the good habits they would like to nurture in 2020, you would end up with a long list of aspirations covering everything from better time management to cutting back on social media to giving higher priority to health, wellbeing and community involvement. Whatever their goals for the coming year, remind them that persistence is vital. While they may slip for a day here or there, they should try to be consistent and prioritise getting back on track. That way, there’s a good chance their new habit will continue to benefit them throughout the coming year and beyond. Teresa Campbell FCA is the People and Culture Director at PKF-FPM Accountants Limited.

Jan 03, 2020

Study for a specialist qualification on demand with distance learning options from Chartered Accountants Ireland. In the first half of 2020 we will offer 7 online diploma programmes across the areas of finance, tax, technology, governance, and financial reporting. Strategic Finance and Management Reporting Diploma in Corporate Finance – 6 month programme, classes start 7 February Diploma in Strategic Finance and Business Partnering – 6 month programme, classes start 28 February  Tax Diploma in Taxation – six month programme, classes start 29 February Technology and Data Diploma in Data Analysis and Strategy – classes start 13 March [opening soon] Governance and Ethics Diploma in Risk Management, Internal Audit and Compliance – 5 month programme, classes start 27 March Certificate in Cyber Security and Data Incident Management - 4 month programme [opening soon] Financial Reporting new Diploma in Excellence in Financial Reporting (IFRS/FRS/US GAAP) - classes start 3 April [opening soon] Visit our Professional Development section for a full listing of Specialist Qualifications offered by Chartered Accountants Ireland. This includes classroom courses held in Dublin, blended learning programmes delivered through a mix of online content and limited classroom sessions, and online-only programmes such as those listed above.  Remember that all of our certificates, diplomas, and CPD courses can be delivered at your workplace and tailored to your team's needs. Contact our In-House Training team for further details.

Jan 09, 2020
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Chartered Accountants Ireland launched its online Boot Camp programme to support Senior Cycle Accounting students at an event in Dublin on Tuesday. The programme, which is also being launched at events in Cork and Sligo as part of Chartered Accountants Ireland’s annual school engagement, is designed to help build a strong foundation in the fundamentals of accounting and will give students an understanding of what it’s like to be a professional accountant. Pictured are (L to R): Ian Browne, Deputy Director of Education at Chartered Accountants Ireland; John Munnelly, FAE Paper Development Executive at Chartered Accountants Ireland; Orla Aherne, Marketing Executive at Chartered Accountants Ireland; and Brian Feighan, ProTutor and creator of Boot Camp. The programme is currently open for enrolment. It is free for teachers and only €10 for students. To find out more about Boot Camp, please visit: https://chartered-bootcamp.teachable.com/ Recent independent research highlighted concern among accounting teachers that the new Junior Cert Business Studies syllabus does not adequately prepare students for Senior Cycle Accounting. This is despite the growing popularity of the subject at Leaving Cert level with almost one in every seven students now choosing accounting in Senior Cycle. Boot Camp solves this problem by providing an easily accessible online programme that teachers can run in their classrooms. Students who join Boot Camp can also take part in the Boot Camp Challenge, a national competition which gives students a chance to test their business smarts in a real-life business simulation. The regional and national winners of the challenge will be honoured at a special ceremony at Chartered Accountants House in May 2020. Ian Browne, Deputy Director of Education at Chartered Accountants Ireland, said: “It is great to see so many accounting teachers have already signed up to the Boot Camp programme and we look forward to welcoming many more in the coming weeks. Ultimately, our goal is that every student who chooses accounting for the Leaving Cert will benefit from the skills they will learn in Boot Camp and get a flavour for the profession.” Brian Feighan, FCA founder of online learning portal, ProTutor and the creator of Boot Camp, said: “Digital learning is fast becoming an essential part of the student experience in second level. Practical subjects such as accounting are a perfect fit for this trend. Under the guidance of their teachers, Boot Camp will help students master the fundamentals of accounting and develop their understanding of how to use financial information to make smart business decisions. We hope that Boot Camp will set the next generation of business leaders on their paths to success.” ENDS For editors About Chartered Accountants Ireland Chartered Accountants Ireland is Ireland’s largest and longest established professional body of accountants founded in 1888. The Institute, which is an all-island body, currently represents over 27,000 members around the world.  Reference Fiachradh McDermott | Gibney Communications | 087 655 7070 | fmcdermott@gibneycomm.ie Rachel Pattison | Chartered Accountants Ireland | 01 5233927 | Rachel.pattison@charteredaccountants.ie    

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