Magazine article Strategic Finance

Taking Stock

Magazine article Strategic Finance

Taking Stock

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SEPTEMBER SEES US ENTERING the homestretch of the year. It's often a time of heading back to school, of establishing new routines, and of taking stock of what we still need to accomplish before we say goodbye to 2019.

For many of us, that stock-taking exercise will include assessing where we are with our personal and professional development. IMA[R] highly values continued professional development. We expect it of our global staff, who are currently preparing their own development goals for the next year and identifying areas for improvement and "stretch." We also expect it from our members, so much so that we require 30 hours of continuing professional education for all of those who have earned the CMA[R] (Certified Management Accountant) certification.

One of the things that lifelong learners do is continually assess where they are on their journey: whether they have the skills and resources necessary to accomplish their future goals or whether those goals need to be refined or even defined. Sometimes those are hard questions to answer. Some of us may have the desire to achieve a goal, but we may lack the necessary training or background to attain it. Others may have an "alphabet soup" of initials after our name, indicating advanced degrees and certifications, but we may be uncertain about our long-term goals or how to make the best use of our talent for the good of ourselves, our organizations, and society.

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