Helping accountants build their careers, leadership and people skills

Many accountants and professionals set out with great hope and aspirations, get so far and get stuck. The truth is getting on in your career is tougher than you might think. You need to make the right career moves, be able to secure job interviews, convert job interviews into job offers. Once you are in a job you need to deliver, add value, working effectively with a whole range of people. Pretty soon you will be expected to manage, lead, run teams, run projects, make change to name just a few.

Hi I’m Duncan Brodie and since 2006 I have helped hundreds of accountants and other professionals to build their skills and achieve more career success.   I successfully climbed the career ladder becoming the Director of Finance for an NHS Hospital.  Along the way I had the opportunity to work in the NHS, with two of the Big 4 accountancy firms (PwC and E&Y) as well as a high street retail bank.  I know what it takes to achieve success in your career and I’m ready to help you do the same.

If you’re like most accountants you are probably good at the technical aspects of the job.  The trouble is that being good technically is just not enough.  I know that if it was all purely about technical ability I would never have gone as far as I did in my career.

To achieve real career success in accountancy you need to be a good all rounder.  Someone who can build relationships with people across the organisation.  Someone who can deliver results personally and achieve results through others. Someone who can make a real difference to business and organisational performance.  Someone who can support the development of strategy and decision making.  It’s a big agenda.

You need clarity around what you want, what you do best and where you are most likely to achieve the best results.  You need to be able to market and sell yourself to those making recruitment and promotion decisions.  

I’ve learned that it is not always the smartest who achieve the most career success in accountancy.  Being smart is just not enough.  As you progress in your career technical ability while still important is not what ultimately determines how far you go.  You also need to have excellent leadership, people and business skills. 

If you are ready to achieve more career success I can help you get clarity on where you will do your best work; build your confidence so that you perform to your potential in job interviews and at work; build your leadership, people and business skills; be more strategic in your approach to your career; get more job interviews; be more successful in job interviews and perform at your best in your new role and in your career.

What makes us different is that we work in a very supportive and hands on way to help you make that next step in your career or build your leadership, people and business skills. We can help you with areas like CV writing and interview technique.  We also help you to learn about yourself and support you in building the right skills and develop the right attributes to be successful in your accountancy career.   We do this through career coaching, leadership coaching, training, and speaking at professional association events.

Please browse through the website for more information on how we can help you achieve more career success. Take a look at some of the results my clients have achieved.

And make sure you get a copy of my free research report where 30 leaders reveal what it takes to reach a senior level in accountancy.

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I hired Duncan to work with me on career transition having seen him present a session on coaching to CIMA South East. After just 4 sessions with Duncan, I was able to secure a Senior Finance role in a London Housing body. During our sessions he has helped me to identify what I really value, enabled me to identify the vast range of skills, knowledge and personal attributes that I possess, supported me in creating a powerful CV and got me to a position where I performed much more effectively in interviews

David, Accountant, Sussex