Beyond the Numbers: CFOs Looking for More Strategy

Toronto, ON. – Businesses value accountants who are strategic thinkers, but the results of a Robert Half Management Resources survey suggest company-sponsored training in this area is not always available. Nearly nine in 10 (88 per cent) Canadian CFOs said strategic thinking abilities are important for accounting and finance professionals – 31 per cent of those interviewed feel they are mandatory. Yet almost half (48 per cent) of executives said their organization does not provide related professional development opportunities. As posted by Robert Half Management Resources.

CFOs were asked, “How important are strategic thinking skills for accounting and finance professionals?” Their responses:



Nice to have


Not necessary



CFOs also were asked, “Does your company provide professional development opportunities to help accounting and finance professionals build their strategic thinking skills?” Their responses:







“Strategic thinking is becoming an increasingly sought-after skill in financial professionals and companies should be diligent in cultivating this aptitude among their employees,” said David King, Canadian president of Robert Half Management Resources. “Managers must recognize that offering opportunities for professional development helps to attract and retain talented finance and accounting teams.”

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