Translating technical excellence into impact and value in the new world of work:Understanding and activating thinking competencies

29 September

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Who should attend?

SAICA members [CA(SA)/AGA(SA)/AT(SA)]


About the event

Do you think about what you can do to accelerate your career? Does it ever feel like your value is not fully seen or is held back? Does it frustrate you that some team members do not pull their weight? As a leader, do you wonder how to unlock other’s potential?

The reasons people thrive or fail in a role are often not related to their level of technical knowledge. Technical competence is only one of three aspects of impact and performance. The ability to lead ourselves and others requires awareness and application of a range of competencies at different levels of complexity, both to thrive in our roles and fit and adapt to the culture of our teams and organisations. The shift to an increasingly digital workplace and the advent of virtual working has emphasised the importance of behavioural and team fit competencies more than ever before.

Competencies are often seen as little more than HR jargon rather than key areas of accountability. What is also not often well understood is how competencies look at different levels of work.

This series of six two hour workshops aims to provide members with a framework for understanding their own and others’ performance enablers and disablers using the language of competencies. It will provide members with tools to evaluate their own and others’ effectiveness and identify key levers for selection, performance management, career pathing and succession. Each workshop takes a particular competency cluster as a theme and focuses on unpacking SAICA’s Professional values and attitudes and Enabling competencies by asking these questions:

• What does good (and not good) look like for this competency cluster at different levels of work?

• Competencies are a key driver of effective talent management. What does this mean in practice?

• How can these competencies be developed and coached?


Topics to be covered
• Cognition as the most important predictor of success
• Analytical / critical thinking
• Integrative thinking
• Decision-making acumen
• Problem solving



10:00 – 12:00


About the facilitator

Cathy Farlam Ashton

She is a leading assessor, facilitator and coach in both South Africa and Malta. She has led the development of competency frameworks for many organisations over the last twenty years and is a recognised expert in using competencies and levels of work to inform her assessment, individual and group coaching work.

Formerly a founder of Omnicor, a leading South African assessment company, in the late 1990s, she and her husband sold the company in 2014 to set up Multiplex Partners. She is known for making theory practical and relevant for people within their unique contexts and for her empathic and accessible style.



Please note this session is complimentary.

Strongly DisagreeSlightly DisagreeSlightly AgreeStrongly Agree
The non-technical decisions I make each day build my successful, long-term career.
I am effective at solving relational, leadership and other non-technical problems.
I am rarely in conflict with others in trying to get things done.
Accounting and auditing are already affected by 4th industrial revolution. I am confident of my ability to stay relevant in the new world of work.
I am good at navigating ambiguity.
I am skilled at inspiring and managing individuals and teams.
My relational skills are key to helping me get things done.
I am good at influencing people at all levels.
I know how to identify talent, both in myself and others.
My managers and peers see the potential value I bring.
I am clear about what growth looks like as a professional and potential leader.
I would like to work for a leader like me.