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Surfing lessons! Riding the waves of change

Surfer2"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf." -- Jon Kabat-Zinn

That is how I am starting today's first professional issues update for our CPAs in business, education, industry, government, and not-for-profits in Towson.

The pace of change, proliferation of standards and regulations, and the permanent whitewater economy are calling for new skills and new approaches.

We have been on the lookout for resources, tools, and tips to help give our members the edge on the latest ways to ride these waves of change.

Here are some things to think about:

 As we look out into the future, we think the five key skills you must have (think surfing techniques!) are:

  1. Broader and longer line of sight
  2. Network leadership
  3. Strong analysis skills
  4. Communication skills
  5. Global perspective

Read more about this in our post, The 5 skills of the post-recession leader.

Here are some of our resources we are sharing with our members:

MACPA PIU 2011 - Special B&I edition View more presentations from Tom Hood

Here are details about RFTF: Report From The Future -- research about the 15 years into the future we used in the MACPA's Board Planning:

Then there are a series of reports about the changing role of the CFO that just came out:

And here are several upcoming events that you won't want to miss:

Learn about the latest trends facing CPAs and participate in shaping the future of the CPA profesison by signing up for our spring future forums (and free CPE!) and don't forget to take the online survey from the Horizons Project.

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