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The Creative Accountant

Skill Success


£29 inc VAT
Study method
Online, self-paced
No formal qualification
Optional extras

Digital certificate included in price

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This course includes lifetime access so you can complete it at your own speed.

This course is designed for those interested to learn the problem-solving skills an accountant must have, the three kinds of problems, and the tools and strategies to deal with each problem.

Benefits of taking this course include:

  • Unlimited and lifetime access to the course
  • Learn the course at your own pace
  • Course can be accessed on any platform
  • 24/7 Customer support

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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 that 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 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 realize 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.

In this course, you will learn:

  • The three types of problem
  • Why most change programs fail
  • The mindset for problem solving
  • The critical problem
  • The tame problem
  • The wicked problem
  • Strategies and tools to deal with these problems
  • How to be a change agent

The Creative Accountant will cover the following topics:

Section 1 - The Creative Accountant

  • Three Types Of Problems
  • Why Change Fails
  • The Critical Problem
  • Dealing With The Stress Of A Critical Problem
  • The Tame Problem
  • Additional Tools For Problem Solving
  • The Four Frame Model
  • Wicked Problems
  • What Can We Do With Wicked Problems
  • A Strategy To Deal With Wicked Problems
  • Problem Solving Tools For Wicked Problems
  • Solution-Focused Approaches
  • How To Be A Change Agent
  • Key Learning Points

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for those interested to learn the problem-solving skills an accountant must have, the three kinds of problems, and the tools and strategies to deal with each problem.


No prior knowledge is required to take this course.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.