Home / HR/ ACCA hosts a mentoring program for new members

ACCA hosts a mentoring program for new members


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00


The role of the finance professional is changing, resulting in them having to play an essential role as a contributor to an organisation’s strategy, risk management and business performance and in being a business partner focusing on value creation and providing insights to support decision making. Therefore, along with having the necessary business acumen, being a good communicator and demonstrating leadership will be integral.

This calls for finance professionals today, to develop not only their ‘finance’ technical skills but also embrace certain ‘soft skills, such as leadership, team work and communication skills, all of which would make them more successful in their contribution to the organisations they serve.

Understanding the need for the development of these competencies, ACCA has always believed in the value of mentoring workshops that help harness the requisite skills amongst their members.

As such, ACCA Sri Lanka recently held a mentoring workshop for its new members titled “dream, focus, work, excel”. The keynote speaker for the program was Suren Rajakarier, Partner and Head of Audit and Assurance KPMG Sri Lanka and Vice Chairman of the Member Network Panel of ACCA Sri Lanka.

The program touched on the importance of the real value of investing in ourselves. Rajakarier said it was more about “not judging each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant” and assessing your current level of competencies, learning and gathering experience and the requisite soft skills to achieve the desired goals and results. Having a positive attitude, being a good communicator and being productive in all your activities were also outlined as key ingredients for success.

As part of being effective is knowing global trends he said, and noted nine global megatrends that are most salient to the future of governments. While they are highly interrelated, the megatrends can broadly be grouped into trends reflecting changes in the status and expectations of individuals, changes in the global economy and changes in the physical environment.

Furthermore, Rajakarier outlined four guiding principles to build a world class organisation through value-based leadership based on the book ‘Becoming the Best’ by Harry Jansen Kraemer.

The first comprised ‘Self-reflection’ that called upon reflecting on one’s actions daily, and in ensuring that your decisions and actions to align with your values.

The second principle was about ‘Balance’ to build positive relationships by seeing other people’s perspectives, whilst the third was in having ‘True self-confidence’ and identifying and respecting your strengths and values, understanding what motivates and energises you and  knowing where you excel and where you need help.

The fourth component was to have “Genuine humility,” respect others, listening to them and considering their ideas and advice. It also entailed in sharing credit generously, and in publicly recognising the good work of others.

Rajakarier also discussed some of the top ethical issues that needed to be considered, such as conflict of interest, receiving inappropriate gifts, sexual harassment, unauthorised payments, divulging trade secrets and in utilising company assets for private use. He briefly discussed the provisions in the professional ethics code regarding the responsibilities of professional accountants under NOCLAR.

Commenting on this initiative, ACCA Sri Lanka Head Nilusha Ranasinghe said: “Our mentoring programs are a tailor-made learning process where it provides and offers our members real experience and working knowledge that cannot be gained from textbooks or the internet. Our goal is to share knowledge, develop skills and create business results for the organisations in which our members work. Along with our qualifications, we believe that our mentoring programs have contributed to the success of our members, making them highly valuable to employers in many industries both locally and globally.”


Share This Article


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

Challenges in preserving and promoting Pakistan’s Buddhist past

Saturday, 20 October 2018

The international media has been portraying Pakistan as a hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism, especially after the Americans carried out a surgical strike there to kill international terrorist and fugitive, Osama bin Laden.


Government’s cohabitation stuck in the past or what?

Friday, 19 October 2018

The appointment of career judge Nalin Perera as the new Chief Justice, who has served in the judiciary for over 30 years, provides a snapshot into President Maithripala Sirisena’s thought process, amidst various stories of clashes with his coalitio


Profit before principle: Khashoggi and US-Saudi relations

Friday, 19 October 2018

The mysterious disappearance of a Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, from inside the Saudi Embassy complex in Turkey on 2 October and an array of circumstantial evidence surrounding his disappearance lead one to suspect that Jamal was possibly abduct


When shame and honour take the hypocritical centre stage

Friday, 19 October 2018

As human beings, we experience a gamut of emotions. These help individuals to express themselves, and authorities to exercise control over entire societies. The most common feelings engendered by our race span a spectrum from guilt and shame to fear.


Columnists More