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Why Your Corporate LMS Doesn’t Work for Your Finance and Accounting Organization

The companies "core" LMS is a great place for centralized training and reporting resources, but it has pretty much failed to provide the training needed by the specialist employees in corporate accounting and finance - and they are all specialists. We call this group, "The... more >

Serving the 99% in Your Accounting & Finance Organizations

Everyone lavishes professional development on the top 1% of the organization - and for good reason. These are the company's future leaders and visionaries. But the 99% not only outnumbers them, it also out-produces the 1% by a wide margin. Perhaps not singly, but as a whole,... more >

The Importance of Cross-Training in Accounting & Corporate Finance

Companies are always complaining about employees being "stuck in silos", and for good reason. When employees only see what's going on in their small world, they and the company can miss the big picture. This is especially true of professionals in accounting and corporate... more >

5 Reasons Your Company Needs an LMS for CPE

Learning Management Systems (LMSs) are great at providing certain broad-based content across the company for consumption and training management. However, they are not good at providing something a critical group of professionals in accounting and finance need: Continuing... more >

4 Ways to Save Money and Do Better on Training and CPE for Accounting & Finance

Accounting and corporate finance professionals have a wide array of training options available to them, but these are frequently delivered outside of the company's Learning Management System and can be untrackable, expensive and ineffective. This whitepaper covers some simple... more >

Illumeo 2019 Survey Of Professional Development for Accounting & Corporate Finan

Most mid- and large-sized companies have Learning Management Systems (LMSs) and spend a lot on training for managers and employees. What we found in our 2019 survey on professional development for audit, accounting and corporate finance professionals is that most companies... more >

The (fairly) Simple ROI of Professional Development for Finance and Accounting

It's important to understand the ROI of training and professional development for corporate finance, accounting and related professionals. We lay it all out and make it easy.

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Seven Indispensable Skills for the Modern Manager - Potent Principles for People

What does being a “manager” even mean today? Lots of people with manager titles manage projects and stuff, not people. Some are supervisor, coach, partner, peer, leader – heck, the term “manager” has found and lost more meanings than most words in today’s business lexicon.... more >

Five Habits of Successful Corporate Finance Leaders

Corporate finance is typically a very quiet but influential force within any successful company. Frequently, CFOs are chosen to succeed CEOs because they know so much about the inner workings of a company and they speak the investors’ language.

So the question is:... more >

Forget What You Think You Know: 5 Steps to Effective Onboarding

Onboarding can make or break a company’s effective utilization of a new hire. Most managers just take it for granted that new hires will be stumbling around for weeks and won’t be truly effective until they reach the six month mark. Along the way, untold thousands are lost,... more >

Why Focused Expert Certifications are Critical for Employees and Employers

Employees have always hungered for meaning and success in their careers; and employers have always sought continuous improvement from their people. Continuing professional certification is a clear path to delivering for both sets of stakeholders. These don't have to be multi-... more >

Five Best Practices for Developing Experts on Your Team

Leaders across all functions are increasingly expressing concern about widening skill gaps. The competencies required of today's corporate professionals are vast and varied - and they are constantly changing with advancements in technology, business models, regulations, and... more >

Eight Tenets of Internal Control: How to Create a Strong Control Environment

In today’s fast paced business environment, the concept of internal controls, emerging technologies, and fraud and risk are critical for all organizations to evaluate and properly manage. This whitepaper explores eight key tenets for anyone in internal audit or involved with... more >

Seven Strategies for Successful and Effective Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance

Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance costs companies significant dollars, and the compliance process and standards are constantly changing. Whether it's the new COSO 2013 framework, legislation dealing with fraud, or pronouncements from the Public Companies and Accounting... more >

Best Practices for Modern Competency Assessments for Corporate Professionals

Successful execution of every function hinges on the competency of individual employees. Managers want a consistent and uniform framework to determine the capabilities and proficiencies of their staff.

The modern competency assessment emphasizes the development and... more >