FP&A teams must anticipate companies’ future needs, respond quickly to changing conditions, and guide strategy formulation.
Accounting and finance leaders are overcoming challenges to keep their teams safe, maintain productivity, and recruit remotely.
This fictionalized narrative centers on a controller who sets up a managerial costing model for a company producing molds.
Mastering time management and avoiding distractions help finance professionals to become more effective leaders.
The CFOs of Worthington Industries and Spirit Airlines discuss how they approach recruitment, hiring, and retention issues.
Paradoxically, the traits that make dominant visionary CEOs and their companies successful also create various risk factors.
Students should gain an understanding of how Lean concepts drive value for organizations such as small businesses.
Students can benefit from a problem-solving rubric to find solutions to unstructured multifaceted problems and case studies.
The challenges that companies are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic have forced CFOs to evolve faster than ever before.
Become a more effective leader by going beyond an open-door policy to truly encourage open communication among team members.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, companies have to interview and onboard new employees from afar, presenting unique challenges.
To develop leadership skills, set a good example, wield influence and manage priorities wisely, and commit to personal growth.
The CFOs of Sprint and Trintech discuss the new technologies that are reshaping the finance function.
Professionals aspiring to get promoted to senior management shouldn’t underestimate the importance of interpersonal skills.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, CFOs must demonstrate cool-headed decision making and leadership to boost morale and stability.
To hone your networking skills, ask questions, be an attentive listener, and emphasize mutually beneficial opportunities.
Increase your chances of landing your accounting dream job by showcasing your skills and experience online.
Management accountants can learn valuable lessons from retailer Lowe’s, which effectively managed transformational change.
This year’s global salary survey offers CMAs many reasons for optimism despite uncertainty surrounding the world economy.
KPIs are designed to foster continuous improvement by giving managers needed data, but employees’ context matters.
The finance function plays a key role in creating resilient, efficient supply chains, say Gap Inc.’s CFO and her senior VP.
A leader is tasked with deciding which new technologies an organization should—and which it shouldn’t—adopt.
Controlling function experts analyze innovative approaches to performance management in this collection of retail cases.
The best performance is achieved when managers deliver detailed feedback less frequently, a pilot research project found.
Both mentors and mentees are likely to get a lot out of a mentorship program if they work to cultivate that relationship.
To advance your accounting and finance career, upgrade your skills and recommend that colleagues on your team do so as well.
Bookkeepers often get short shrift, but small and medium-sized enterprises must respond to a back-office staffing shortage.
Two CFOs talk about how technology, risks, and other factors make leading the finance function more complicated than ever.
Strong leaders should create a shared vision and purpose to develop trust and a winning culture at their organization.
Accountants must provide leadership on sustainability initiatives and integrated reporting to address climate change risks.
Studies elucidate how people learn vicariously and how learning from others’ experiences compares to experiential learning.
IMA volunteers donate their time to advance the profession and get the benefit of building relationships with other members.
In Earning It, female leaders share personal narratives of the hurdles each faced on her rise to the top of her profession.
What is the EV industry to do as the Chinese government’s subsidies expire? Management accountants have the answers.
To better communicate in the Digital Age, it’s important for leaders to follow develop a new set of communication skills.
Volunteering seems like another line on your to-do list, but it opens up positive options for a successful career and life.
Driven by Difference argues for the value of considering a multiplicity of viewpoints and backgrounds to spur innovation.
Management techniques can help to support a visionary CEO without allowing that leader to create undue organizational risk.
Financial professionals can add value and ensure strategic success in the roles of educator, evaluator, and executor.
To boost employee and company performance, leaders should focus on enrollment, engagement, and empowerment.
Leaders must know themselves to effectively manage teams during a crisis or other difficult, stressful situations.
Undergraduates can use this nine-step plan to prep for and complete the CMA and CPA exams six months after graduation.
There is a parallel second career path in the classroom for those accounting professionals with a desire to teach.
You can get a lot of gratification from volunteering in a challenging role that will get you out of your comfort zone.
In order to be effective leaders, managers must first learn how to delegate responsibilities to their subordinates.
Clear communication, grace under pressure, and consensus-building skills are important EI skills for management accountants.
The best leaders create D&I programs that are specific to the organization and adaptable as needs and demographics change.
Porter Braswell’s "Let Them See You" provides a guide for people of color to thrive professionally in the diverse workforce.
Cutting down on text and using visuals to supplement your speech will lead to a more focused, impactful presentation.
Take the lead, find a wingman, and maintain your ongoing training to remain competitive in the Digital Age.
Ten years after starting out in the Swiss Alps, one professional lands at a board meeting in the United States.
Different leadership skills are needed as you progress through your career. A new study shows the most important ones.
IMA is the perfect “playground” for volunteers because of the varied opportunities at the local, regional, and global levels.
The TEAM approach—Together Everyone Accomplishes More—calls for executing against a strong set of core principles.
Good and bad experiences can lead to the leadership skills that can prepare you for success in life.
Achieve optimal outcomes in business situations both within an organization and in external relationships.
This year’s salary survey shows that the gap in salary and compensation levels between men and women continues to shrink.
IMA’s updated Management Accounting Competency Framework reflects the skills needed by finance and accounting professionals.
IMA Chair Ginger White reflects on some of the courageous leaders she’s encountered throughout her career.
Consistent application of the ACE mantra—attitude, character, and effort—can help make you more effective at work.
Financial leaders must be masters of the four lines of sight in order to achieve a competitive edge and strategic competency.
Earning the CMA taught Schellin reporting essentials, accounting concepts, and the skills to articulate them confidently.
Right-side-of-the-line professionals distinguish themselves from the organizational masses through 12 key traits.
While inclusion can be difficult to define, it’s an integral priority within a healthy organization’s strategy.
A business minor led one student into accounting, which in turn led along a path toward management accounting and the CMA.
Stay up-to-date with the latest trends in technology so you can easily discuss and communicate their impact and importance.
In his book, Derivatives, David M. Weiss provides a foundational, in-depth review of derivatives products.
Being a part of the IMA community can provide members with life-changing moments that elevate and improve their careers.
Accountants and auditors with the CMA have more tools to support their clients, assess risks, and draw conclusions.
Four key skills can maximize your collaboration with cross-functional partners in your organization.
In his book, Ask More, Frank Sesno suggests that the secret to professional success is asking the right questions.
Ginger White, Chair of the IMA Global Board of Directors, discusses some of the great leaders she’s worked with in her career.
Volunteering is an opportunity to give back and a chance to practice leadership skills and diversify your views.
Accountants who prioritize quality protect company assets, keep the organization running, and create long-lasting value.
Dominic Barton has been appointed chair of the IIRC as the organization launches a new global strategic phase.
A course focusing on soft skills enables students to gain real-world experience to prepare them for life after college.
Keeping a positive attitude and fully employing critical-thinking skills are two secrets to business success.
Management accountants have the technical ability and inquisitive nature needed to lead change efforts in their organizations.
EY surveyed 1,400 Gen Z-ers for their perspectives on the future of work and what’s important in the workplace.
Women in leadership positions in accounting and finance share their insights on keys to success and the way forward.
Attracting and retaining top talent requires you to promote all your organization has to offer and find the ideal candidates.
Part of leadership is ensuring that employees feel included and that company policies and practices deter discrimination.
Universities and colleges can take many steps with IMA to build a competitive, diverse, and inclusive candidate pipeline.
IMA’s Management Accounting Competency Framework can help educators shape their curricula to prepare students for the future.
An active IMA member for 25 years, Debra Petrizzo has benefited from and advocated for Student Leadership Conferences.
As part of his Success Library, Brian Tracy introduces Personal Success, a book that offers 21 top ideas for finding success.
IFAC and IAESB are developing a new, integrated model for accounting education and continuing professional development.
To prepare students for the future, management accounting education must change as technology evolves.
To keep up with the changing profession, accounting curricula can incorporate more data management and data analytics.
The AACSB is now allowing more professionally qualified faculty to teach in university business programs.
Babson College has ensured that students are prepared for their role as copilots of enterprises in their future companies.
IMA’s Campus Influencers reach out to college students to educate them about IMA membership and CMA certification.
Ginger White shares some of the important people who helped support and encourage her along the path to success.
True leaders must prepare and motivate their teams to perform at their best in times of great difficulty.
When experience didn’t advance his career, one professional set out to get his CMA and increase his chances for success.
Assigning complex, meaningful work to interns can help them develop into valuable contributors within the organization.
Management accountants asked to serve on a nonprofit’s audit committee need to keep certain differences in mind.
Management accountants who hone their communication skills have the opportunity to powerfully influence business decisions.
Attendees at the Women’s Accounting Leadership Series discussed what it takes to rise to the top of the profession.
Women face a set of workplaces challenges different from those men face. Three businesswomen share their tips for success.
The personal stories told at the Women’s Accounting Leadership Series can provide the kind of career insight not taught in school.
Being a leader requires a growth mind-set. Focus on the journey, and don’t fall victim to “destination disease.”
Infusing your presentations with a good narrative or story connects your audience to the facts and data you’re reporting on.
Having both the CMA and the CPA gave this accountant a superior understanding of finance issues and business operations.
Leadership is an ongoing practice that requires creativity, networking, and an awareness of your strengths and weaknesses.
Leaders must share information faster, assess fast-changing landscapes, and always be training for the future, not the past.
Management accountants are flexible and resilient, and CMAs have the skills to adapt to almost any business challenge.
Compensation declined slightly for IMA members, but the salary gap improved and the value of CMA certification increased.
Accounting students can take the CMA exam while still in school and the CPA exam within six months after graduation.
With their cost/managerial accounting knowledge, forensic accountants add expertise to business-related legal proceedings.
Effective leaders can draw from a variety of styles and are able to apply the one appropriate to each person or situation.
When this young professional wasn’t sure where to go next with her career, IMA showed her the paths available.
This simple yet practical lesson demonstrates the importance of effective communication when leading and teaching others.
Embracing our differences leads to the diversity of thought that businesses need to create products and overcome challenges.
As we set about achieving our goals for 2018, remember to invest in the future by making time to further your career.
Personal accountability, teamwork, and a mind-set for change are among the essentials for meaningful leadership.
Set audacious career goals and doggedly pursue them with a determined belief in yourself and a willingness to take risks.
Achieving your goals takes time and dedication, but taking that first step is an important part of the journey.
The seventh installment of the Women’s Accounting Leadership Series was held in October at Pace University.
Become a strategic partner that can help transform your company as it works to keep up with today’s pace of change.
As management accounting continues to rapidly evolve, let’s resolve to challenge ourselves to stay at the forefront of change.
The audit profession has changed, and audit firms need to find new ways to attract and develop the best talent.
To be successful, leaders need to always work at creating, maintaining, and demonstrating trust in their relationships.
A training and development plan that includes setting clear goals for employees will benefit companies and employees alike.
A CMA shares how preparing for the exam provided a bigger picture of the finance industry, from data analytics to strategy.
To grow as a leader, don’t shy away from opportunities or challenges that force you into new and different situations.
IMA Global Board member Harry W. Zike provides an outlook on the many benefits of diversity & inclusion initiatives.
To grow as a leader, enlist help to create your own leadership vision statement. The feedback you get may surprise you.
CareerDriver®, the career-planning resource for management accountants, is celebrating its two-year anniversary.
Offering workplace wisdom many people only learn through trial and error, The Thing about Work is the ideal office manual.
Management accountants need clear vision, action, relationships, ethics, and continuing skills development to succeed.
IMA Chair Alex Eng looks ahead to fall and last-quarter planning and encourages members to fit service into their agenda.
Meeting the challenges of leadership requires a professional practice based on flexibility in thought, action, and response.
Earning the CMA as a 22-year-old entry-level accountant can be worth more than $500,000 in additional lifetime earnings.
One thing young students and all professionals have in common is the opportunity to embrace continuing education.
Leadership is not one-size-fits-all. These 5 steps can help you establish a style that suits your own skills and abilities.
Using a model of outdoor adventure, David Rosell offers insight on financial planning for Millennials just starting out.
The teachings of classical thinkers like Aristotle and Plato can still provide guidance to business leaders of today.
As leaders, we are often faced with situations in which we need to mediate conflict in our organizations.
Faculty at Baylor University help their students find the accounting career that best fits their interests.
Excel-based projects help students learn how to apply management accounting concepts in practical business scenarios.
To be successful, today’s accountant needs to have a diverse set of skills and financial competencies.
The IMA Louisville Chapter Mentoring Program offers mentoring for students and increases awareness of the chapter itself.
Effective leaders must know their employees’ stories and understand their beliefs, motivations, needs, and struggles.
Based on his Phoenix Seminars and Success Library, Brian Tracy offers keys to unlocking leadership potential.
Enhancing the extent and quality of services offered should be a priority for financial staff at all levels.
Having trouble finding qualified entry-level accountants? These 8 tips can improve your odds for landing the best candidates.
Critical thinking is an important trait for management accountants. Always look for opportunities to sharpen those skills.
These techniques can help you succeed in your role as a manager and leader within your organization.
Attending an IMA Annual Conference brings with it rewards in education, friendship, and networking opportunities.
Team-building activities and focused discussions are among the top tips for building diversity and inclusion.
Top tech companies are leading the way in pursuing meditation as a workplace resource for leadership and success.
A Robert Half survey found that, despite improvement, CFOs are concerned about their employees’ level of engagement.
The shortage of qualified accounting faculty provides an opportunity for accounting professionals to find a new career.
Management accountants—and CMAs, in particular—have the skills needed to connect finance with broader business objectives.
The entrepreneur and TV personality draws on his experiences to provide advice for aspiring business leaders.
Implementing a successful diversity and inclusion programs requires patience and a deliberate plan linked to company culture.
IMA’s new Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis credential helps CMAs expand their expertise.
Bridging the gap between generations can be a challenge. A new approach helps managers relate to their Millennial employees.
This framework for aligning the board of directors and C-suite can lead to improved performance that benefits all stakeholders.
This year’s global survey finds an increase in compensation, a smaller gender pay gap, and strong value for certification.
Mentoring lets you share your experience and expertise with others and gain a new perspective for yourself.
An active, involved mentoring relationship provides valuable benefits and experiences to both the mentee and mentor.
Try these suggestions for staying connected and making your professional journey more meaningful and successful.
Find out if you’re ready for the next big step in your career by assessing your management readiness and skills.
Lorna Winston-Blanks shares insights on diversity and inclusion based on her experiences as an African American woman in accounting.
Membership with IMA provides access to a wealth of tools and resources to help you develop your leadership skills.
As the new year begins, IMA Chair Marc Palker offers five career-advancing actions to add to your list of resolutions.
The fifth installment of the Women’s Accounting Leadership Series was held in October at Pace University in New York City.
It isn’t easy to network and promote yourself when you’re introverted. But commitment and practice will pay off.
An IFAC report outlines how accounting professionals are well-placed to help overcome crucial sustainability challenges.
Develop a multicultural mind-set and become a more effective, engaging leader with these 9 tips to address cultural challenges.
A recent survey looks at the importance of technical skills vs. soft skills when hiring accounting and finance candidates.
Daniel Prosser’s book, Thirteeners, addresses ways to connect employees to the company’s vision and strategic plans.
Serving on the board of his local IMA chapter and at the regional and global levels provides this IMA member with valuable experience.
Understanding what makes them tick can lead to better strategies for monitoring their work and providing feedback.
A servant leader helps nurtures and develop the skills and careers of others to create a winning environment for everyone.
A recent survey by IMA looks at company strategies for hiring and retaining Millennials.
Which schools are the best at preparing students to pass the CMA exam?
10 tips to help avoid the most common job search and interviewing mistakes.
When leading a team in pressure situations, these five qualities can ensure better communication and understanding among team members.
The book "Strategic Connections" will help those people who find networking difficult in the first place.
What do you need to know beyond balancing a budget or completing a month-end report? These five skills are important for success.
Like redwood seeds, students need to be nurtured in conditions that will help them grow into strong, towering leaders.
Accounting in the Headlines is an accounting education blog that provides real-life examples to use in introductory accounting courses.
The educational resources available online make it easier than ever for management accountants to enhance their skill set and knowledge.
IMA’s Campus Influencers program offers students career insights, including how IMA and the CMA certification can support their careers.
The new IMA Accounting Honor Society provides students with an entry to professional and academic communities.
The IMA Leadership Experience gives selected students an inside look at the workings of the IMA Global Board of Directors.
True leaders are always willing to face challenges and help their team overcome obstacles.
A review of Bruce Piasecki’s book "Doing More with Teams: The New Way to Winning."
MA’s top thought leaders are sharing the best career advice they’ve ever received, which helped shape them into the professionals they are today.
For Adrien Dubourg, IMA and the CMA certification have played an integral role in his career development.
A leader who demonstrates accountability, confidence, initiative, and flexibility will be prepared to overcome uncertainty.
Taking a few minutes out of your busy schedule can keep you focused on your goals in life and business.
Align the efforts of HR and Accounting by incorporating the role of employees into the business strategy.
A Bentley University study examines the effectiveness of CFOs with accounting backgrounds.
A look at companies’ efforts to improve the diversity of their boards of directors and workforces.
Never underestimate the power of face-to-face interaction when building relationships.
A novel shows how to apply business school lessons to real-life business situations.
The Women’s Accounting Leadership Series generates advice to get more women into accounting and finance leadership roles.
Susan Hohenleitner, Ann Dennison, and Leslie Seidman share the strategies that helped them become successful leaders in their field.
Teaching right from wrong isn’t always straightforward. These strategies can help you provide lasting lessons for students and professionals.
Leadership is more than technical mastery. These eight traits will help you lead with character.
Gamification can help train employees, engage customers, and achieve organizational goals.
Good management accountants are just as important to business as good referees are to sports.
Being nice and being successful aren’t mutually exclusive. Together, they can lead to even better results.
An effective CFO provides insight into processes and foresight into the business.
Write clear and compelling communication that drives action.
You don’t need a managerial or supervisory title to be a leader. Practice these behaviors to become a leader in any role.
Contest winners share their experiences and insights gained from their mentoring sessions.
Would you go back to work for a previous employer?
A Continuous Integration of Learning and Strategy model can help maximize employee development and improve performance.
This year’s global survey finds a small decline in compensation, but the CMA continues to provide a strong premium.
Often viewed as a broken system, performance appraisals can help staff and management when done respectfully and thoughtfully.
Great leaders demonstrate accountability, show great vision, and inspire transformational change.
IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) surveyed senior finance professionals to find out how satisfied they are with their work-life balance.
Many companies make the same mistakes over and over again in the hiring process.
Work-life balance is as rare as a unicorn sighting these days. Strive for work-life harmony instead.
Follow this strategy to quickly develop relationships in a new position and build influence.
Have you ever considered a move to academia? Teaching part-time is a win-win for students and for you.
College students gathered at IMA’s Annual Student Leadership Conference to learn about the valuable tools available to them and to network.
Five IMA Young Professional members participated in the IMA Global Board of Directors meeting in October.
A new career management tool allows IMA members to assess, plan, and advance their career.
Become a better leader by recognizing who and what influenced your personal leadership style.
Decision makers want more predictive data instead of historical information. Have management accountants been slow to adapt to those needs?
IMA gives five Young Professional members a chance to experience what it’s like to be a member of the board.
It can be tough to stand out as a young accountant. These three tips can help.
Bridget Kaigler’s “It” was to earn a prestigious certification to stand out from her peers. What’s yours?
Powerboats require one driver, whereas sailboats require a team of sailors led by a captain. How you lead determines the wake you leave behind.
Meetings don’t have to be boring. Follow these tips to better engage your audience.
IMA offers many resources to help students develop skills and enhance their career.
Lead your team to success by navigating through the four levels of team performance.
Linda Hill, author and Harvard Business School professor, discusses what it takes to be a great innovation leader.
History can teach us a lot about the best way to manage project risk.
Penn State is implementing the Corporate Control and Analysis Certificate Program for accounting students interested in careers outside public accounting.
Face-to-face interaction is still the most effective and valuable tool for networking.
Incorporating digital tools and techniques into ethics education provides a learning experience more in line with how today’s students learn.
This nine-step plan shows students how they can complete the CMA and CPA exams within six months of graduating college.
The advisor to one of the largest IMA student chapters describes how to create a successful, thriving student chapter.
Outstanding students can spark successful careers with the IMA Accounting Honor Society (IAHS) and the IMA Leadership Experience.
Hallie D’Agostino talks about her experience preparing for and passing the CMA exam while still a student in college.
The Practical Drucker explores the teachings of the most influential businessman in history: Peter Drucker.
The “String of Pearls” system for implementing strategy helped turn a struggling company into a leader in its industry.
Evan Gallagher tells us about the rewarding experiences he had creating and leading an IMA student chapter.
Like fans handing out water to runners in a marathon, IMA provides you with career support during your career journey.
STYLE is an acronym for the five components essential for leadership success. Learn how to create your own.
"Do More Great Work" contains helpful maps to help you become more productive.
Boost the impact of your LinkedIn profile by following these five tips.
Randy Thomas talks about his journey from young accountant to 25-year IMA member.
A focus on problem solving, perspective, and trust can help you lead your team and your business to success.
Showcase your career skills and achievements on LinkedIn and other social media platforms.
As technology transforms the management accounting and finance profession, IMA will grow and adapt with it.
Respect—both showing it and earning it—is a necessary element for a successful career.
Coaching your employees helps them develop a continuous improvement mind-set.
IMA provides a number of resources to help CFOs excel in their roles as business partners.
Rosemary Amato describes how her career as a management accountant unexpectedly brought her to a public accounting firm.
Ryan Perkins shows that embracing life experiences can lead to new directions and career success.
IMA remains focused on creating value for accountants and financial professionals worldwide and improving the management accounting profession.
A lack of in-person interaction doesn’t have to be an obstacle to team success.
Since it was established in 1919, IMA’s monthly publication has grown and evolved along with the association.
When changing companies, a graceful exit and positive early impression will keep your career trajectory on track.
How does your salary compare to the salaries of IMA members around the world?
SF’s new look isn’t the only change. An enhanced Web presence means easier online access and readability.
Six key competencies can help you and your team develop exceptional financial leadership abilities.
Management accountants should take a lead role in creating high-performing, collaborative teams.