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The Accountants Career Breakthrough Programme

Achieve a breakthrough in your career and realise your professional potential



As a qualified accountant you have the potential to climb the career ladder, earn a great salary and benefits and really make a huge contribution to your organisations success.

Yet in reality there is often a huge difference between potential and achievement.  Over the last 30 years I have seen many people who had huge potential but failed to achieve anything approaching their potential.


Why it is hard to climb the career ladder

  •  You have to step out of your comfort zone. You might be the best accountant technically.  You feel confident because you know the rules and how to do things.  When you start to move into roles that involve focusing on areas that you don’t know all the rules or have the depth of expertise it is hugely uncomfortable.
  • The further you climb the career ladder the less your technical abilities count and the more your

    interpersonal skills matter.  The harsh reality is that very quickly you realise that delivering results depends a lot on your relationships and what are often called your softer skills.

  • It’s a very different skill set operating as a leader in accounting than it is being a great technician.  Yet often many finance professionals either do little continuing professional development or if they do focus on their development on the technical stuff rather than what will help them move forward.


How many of the following statements sound familiar to you?


  • I get great feedback on what I am doing and what I deliver but I never seem to be the person who gets the promotion, the secondment or that special project to help me build my skills and experience.
  •  I am great at dealing with accounting issues, IT, technology and processes.  What my real struggle is that I cannot lead or manage teams and get the best from others.
  •  I find it a struggle to communicate and present what is often very complex information to people outside of the finance and accounting field.
  •  I struggle to achieve my goals without having to work excessively long hours.  You feel like a hamster on a wheel, running hard but not necessarily operating productively.  The stress that this creates impacts on your personal productivity.
  •  I lack the confidence to speak up and contribute outside of my area of expertise because I assume that others will know better or I don’t know enough to say something of value.
  •  I don’t know what I have to offer or undervalue what I have to offer so find it really difficult to demonstrate the contribution I make.
  •  I struggle to get job interviews or when I get job interviews I struggle to perform so never get the offers for roles that I could do really well.


Finding in a new management role in a difficult economic climate

Duncan was instrumental in my success, because he helped me not think too much about the competition, and instead pitch my experience at the level of the roles I was going for, enabling me to present my vast range of skills in the best possible way. The coaching skills were also invaluable because I discovered how to close some gaps in terms of interview preparation and Duncan’s mentoring helped me markedly improve my focus. They say Good luck comes in 3’s. I was certainly luck to have Duncan coach me ahead of 3 successive interviews, because it made all the difference.

Barry, Chartered Management Accountant, London


What you really want is to


  • Take control of your career get past the point of being stuck and stagnating at a certain level or in a certain role.  The person who gets the offer rather than the person who ran someone else a close second when it comes to the decision on which candidate to appoint.
  • Make the shift from being a great accountant to being a highly effective leader and manager who consistently delivering great results and performance through getting the best from each and every member of your team.
  • Be the accountant who has the confidence, competence, skills and personal attributes to go as far as you want to in your career, earn the annual and career lifetime earnings that you are seeking while maintaining some sort of life balance.



The Solution?  The Accountants Career Breakthrough Programme


The Accountants Career Breakthrough Programme is a year long programme for accountants working in public and private sector organisations in the UK.

This programme gives you all you need to build the skills, mindset, competence and personal attributes to climb the career ladder and operate at the most senior levels in Finance.

It’s fully tailored to your needs.  It includes assessments, training, coaching, mentoring, role plays and critiques.

The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 10 people at any one time to ensure we can give each and every participant the focused support that is needed to achieve a significant breakthrough.

New role after a few sessions

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


What makes this programme different or unique?

 It is delivered by a qualified accountant who successfully climbed the career ladder from a 15 year old Payments Clerk to Finance Director who understands first hand the challenges and struggles of making the transitions at various stages in the career journey.

 It goes way beyond getting you a job and focuses on building a successful long term career.  The reality is that writing CV’s and performing well in job interviews is a very small part of having a successful career.  You have to be able to make the breakthrough from technical expert to highly effective leader and manager.

 It’s tailored so that the focus is really on what is going to have the greatest impact on your career results



The main benefits of this programme


  • You take control of your career, you set clear plans and take specific actions that get you past the point of being stuck and stagnating at a certain level or in a certain role.
  • You will have clarity on what you want short, medium and long term and a plan to achieve these goals.
  • You will be consistently delivering great results and performance through getting the best from each and every member of your team.  You will be a highly effective leader and manager.
  • You will be communicating and presenting with confidence, managing nerves and getting the outcome you anticipate from each and every presentation and communication.
  • You will be highly productive as result of better personal organisation, prioritisation and investment of your time on what matters to your success.
  •  You will be seen by others as someone who goes beyond score keeping and accounting and really makes a difference to business success.  People will value your contribution, you will make a great impact and have the confidence to really add value.
  • You will understand what you have to offer, your strengths and weaknesses so that you can focus on what you do best.
  •  You will know how to market yourself and influence and persuade decision makers in the job market.
  •  You will significantly increase your short and long term earning potential.


How The Accountants Breakthrough Career Programme is Structured

bullet We have all participants take assessments of their skills and attributes at the very start of the programme. This includes feedback from bosses, peers and subordinates.  This lays the foundation for the work we do together.
bullet We provide one to one coaching by phone at least once a month.  All of these calls are held by conference call and we provide a recording of each call.  We set specific assignments after each call. These sessions include role plays and specific strategies to boost your performance.
bullet We ask clients to provide a written update 48 hours prior to our next call as we find that this improves accountability and follow through.
bullet We deliver content and training through workshops, webinars, workbooks, e-mail and teleclasses.
bullet Throughout our time working with clients we provide unlimited e-mail support and access to short emergency calls where they need support for an immediate issue.


Is The Accountants Career Breakthrough Programme For You?

In truth this programme will not be for everyone


This programme is designed specifically for qualified accountants who are working in public and private sector organisations in the UK.  Typically clients on this programme are people who are already qualified accountants, earning at least £40,000 per year, are ambitious and are seeking to at least double their salary in the next 5 to 10 years.  The sector that you work in is not important. I have worked with people from a whole range of industries and sectors.


What about you personally? I will do everything possible to make this programme a huge success for you. The results that you achieve ultimately hinges on the relationship that we develop.  The best results are achieved by those who are driven, persistent and at the same time open to learning and feedback.


How to find out more


There may be many triggers for considering this programme.  It may be that you are stuck, stagnating or frustrated that others are passing you by.  Maybe you are tired of being the person who nearly makes the breakthrough. Perhaps you have just decided that it is time to take action.

If you think that this programme might be right for you, I would like to invite you to a no obligation Career Breakthrough Strategy session.  These 60- 90 minute sessions are held by phone or in person if you are based within easy reach of the Brighton and Hove area.


In this session we’ll explore where you are in your career right now, where you’d like to take your career, what challenges might stop you in getting there, and what steps you need to take to ensure your success. I’ll also answer any questions you might have about the Career Breakthrough Programme and we’ll see if it’s the right step for you or not.


To arrange your session simply enter your details in the box below and I will send be in touch within the next 48-72 hours.

I look forward to speaking with you.


Duncan Brodie