The Creative Accountant

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The Creative Accountant

Personal and Professional Problem-Solving Skills to help you improve your effectiveness and expand your horizons

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

language icon Language - English

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architecture icon Business,Finance,Accounting & Bookkeeping


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Course Description

As an accountant you may spend most of your time in the detail – transactions, reports, analysis and so on. 

It’s easy to get our minds stuck in the detail – I know it happens to me. But to be an effective manager, and to develop your career, you need to be able to come out of the wood and see the trees and the wider landscape.

This course – the creative accountant – is about just that: developing your personal and professional skills to be a more creative, more capable problem-solver so that you can improve your effectiveness as a manager, expand your horizons and develop your career.

To progress and grow as a professional you need more than just technical accounting skills. You need to be a creative accountant.

But the term “creative accountant” has become something of a joke! It’s time to take the phrase back; to stop people thinking about cooking the books and to start to make them realise that accountants are creative thinkers and valuable members of any improvement team.

If you think you’ve become slightly too obsessive about the detail and need a bigger picture view to think through issues and solve problems from a broader perspective, then this is the course for you.


What will you learn in this course:

  • The Three Types of Problem
  • Why most change programmes fail
  • The Mindset for Problem Solving
  • The Critical Problem and how to deal with it
  • The Tame Problem
  • Tools for Tame Problems
  • Wicked Problems
  • A Strategy to Deal with Wicked Problems
  • Tools for Wicked Problems
  • How to be a Change Agent


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • There are no course pre-requisites.
The Creative Accountant


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

14 Lectures
  • play icon L1 The Three Types of Problem 04:59 04:59
  • play icon Why Change Fails 07:21 07:21
  • play icon The Critical Problem 06:47 06:47
  • play icon Dealing with the Stress of a Critical Problem 05:22 05:22
  • play icon The Tame Problem 08:19 08:19
  • play icon Additional Tools for Problem Solving 06:47 06:47
  • play icon The Four Frame Model 07:26 07:26
  • play icon Wicked Problems 03:44 03:44
  • play icon What can we do with Wicked Problems? 04:53 04:53
  • play icon A Strategy to Deal with Wicked Problems 08:38 08:38
  • play icon Problem Solving Tools for Wicked Problems 07:23 07:23
  • play icon Solution Focussed Approaches 05:50 05:50
  • play icon How to be a Change Agent 09:28 09:28
  • play icon Key Learning Points 10:11 10:11

Instructor Details

Ross Maynard

Ross Maynard

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