Creativity for Finance Professionals

by Anna Faherty
access120 days access
cpd hours4 CPD hours

This course will enable you to:

  • Future-proof your career by developing your creativity
  • Adopt habits and behaviours that enhance your imagination and problem-solving skills
  • Create an environment that encourages creativity in the workplace
  • Identify and remove barriers that hinder creative collaboration
  • Use tools to generate, organise and evaluate ideas
  • Support and motivate creative people and measure creative performance

Creativity is a key skill for the accountant of the future. As much transactional work becomes automated, accountants must learn to be creative and solve problems if they are to add value to the organisation.

This course explains some simple techniques for improving your creativity as a finance professional, enhancing your creative skills and becoming more confident in finding innovative solutions. You'll also discover how to develop a creative workplace that is better placed at overcoming problems and change.

Understanding creativity

  • The importance of creativity
  • What is creativity?
  • Workplace creativity
  • How to come up with ideas
  • Your creative potential
  • Finding time to be creative

Looking at your world in new ways

  • Driving creativity
  • Expansive thinking
  • Tools for reframing
  • Making creative connections
  • Empathy mapping

Developing a creative workplace

  • Creativity at work
  • The right environment
  • Creativity in remote settings
  • Setting anti-goals
  • Using expansive language

Embracing the creative process

  • Understanding the creative process
  • Involving other people
  • Overcoming challenges
  • Staying creative under pressure
  • Dealing with creative block

Tools and strategies

  • Brainstorming
  • Nominal group technique
  • Affinity mapping
  • Multi-voting
  • Rank ordering
  • Tools for testing ideas
  • Structured discussion

Inspiring and managing creativity

  • Creative management
  • Motivating creative people
  • Creative focus
  • Evaluating creative performance
  • Writing a creative brief
  • Creative feedback

Anna Faherty is a writer, editor, researcher and educator who works across the publishing, museum and science communication sectors.

She collaborates with a diverse range of organisations to help them develop profitable products and effective, audience-focused communications. Her clients include the British Museum, Oxford University Press, Pearson and the V&A.

A scientist by training, Anna built up almost two decades of commercial product development and management experience, gained in higher education and professional publishing, before setting up her own consultancy business. She has also served as the Trustee of a small local museum and is sensitive to the needs of international audiences, having studied and worked in the UK, Australia, South Africa and the Seychelles.

Anna has delivered workshops and webinars for ACCA and the AIA and has lectured at City University, Kingston University, Oxford Brookes University and University College London. She is the author of two books (both published by Wellcome Collection) and her research paper on novel business models was recognised by an international award for excellence.

You can find out more about Anna's professional experience at:, or follow her on Twitter at @mafunyane.

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