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Problem Solving for Accounting Leaders: Katie Best
Episode 1830th November 2023 • Accounting Talent Podcast • Rob Brown (Accounting Influencers Roundtable - AIR)
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Discover how leadership coaching can help accounting firms overcome challenges such as recruiting top talent and adapting to hybrid work with Katie Best.

Through expert interviews and high-level panels, Talent in Accounting explores talent, culture, recruitment, leadership, mental well-being, and more with expert interviews and high-level discussions.

Problem Solving for Accounting Leaders: Katie Best

In this episode of the Accounting Influencers Podcast hosted by Rob Brown, a leadership coach and consultant, Katie Best discusses the challenges faced by professional services firms and their leaders and how coaching, consultancy and leadership development can help overcome these challenges. Katie explains that some common problems firms face include recruiting and retaining top talent, adapting to the hybrid work model, and staying ahead of the curve with new technology.

Katie emphasises the importance of having a distinct culture and unique flavour to appeal to potential employees while acknowledging the commonalities across different sectors. She also discusses her upcoming book on messy leadership problems and a framework leaders can use to solve them.

Katie highlights the challenges individual leaders face, especially the link between a particular leader's work and the broader corporate strategy, and how coaching can be used to overcome these challenges. Finally, she discusses the importance of engagement, culture, and personal relationships in leadership, especially in the current climate where work-life balance and mental health are becoming increasingly important.

Guest Bio

Dr Katie Best is a renowned leadership coach, consultant and Visiting Fellow at LSE and King's College, passionate about helping leaders and their firms navigate complex and challenging situations. With years of experience in coaching, consultancy and leadership development programmes, Dr Best has helped partners and senior leaders from top-tier firms such as EY, KPMG and RSM to tackle their most challenging leadership dilemmas.

Dr Best's expertise in leadership has also made her a sought-after speaker at events, where she shares insights and perspectives on leadership in today's ever-changing business landscape. She is also working on a book about messy leadership problems, which will be a valuable resource for leaders looking to improve their leadership skills.

Outside of work, Dr Best is an avid fan of competitive socializing, flea market hunting and travelling. Her love for sports has led her to attend the Women's Euros final, where she nearly passed out from excitement. Dr Best lives in North London with her husband and daughter, where she inspires and supports leaders to achieve their full potential.

Your Host

Host Rob Brown is a renowned presenter, facilitator, and chair for high-level conferences and events in the accounting and fintech profession worldwide. He's an expert on trust, reputation, talent, career development, and more.

Author of Build Your Reputation and a TEDx speaker with over 300,000 YouTube views: stroke survivor, a committed Christian, and a black belt in kickboxing. Based in Nottingham, UK, he enjoys chess, backgammon, and orange chocolate but is allergic to grapefruit.

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