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The missing links in your professional development

Ever have to Google something new before a big meeting, new project, or first shift in a new role? Wade through confusing and conflicting resources? And then pretend you actually know what you’re on about? There is a better way. Enhanced online-based short courses are your key to learning what you need to know as quickly and effectively as possible. And they work a heck of a lot better than experiential learning (learning by doing) alone.

Non-accredited courses have an important place in your professional development. Thanks to agile development, they’re incredibly up to date and reflective of contemporary conditions. Short courses directly address the learning outcomes and constraints of the individual student. In other words, they’re not too long, and not too short.

Reading financial statements – an essential skill for strategy professionals

There’s no two ways about it: understanding a company’s value means getting to know its financial statements. No media release, news story, statement from a director or cool website can tell you as much about where a company is headed. Getting in to the detail of a financial statement is a must-do if you’re:

  • Analysing a potential investment
  • Providing formal investment advice
  • Consulting with a new organisation
  • Conducting market research
  • Conducting holistic fundamental analysis
  • Trying to understand the nature of a business
  • Providing management advice

Financial statements are where you can cut past all the fluff and spin, and see what kind of results the company is really achieving. Whether you’re a consultant, a manager with strategy oversight, or a professional with investment advice responsibilities, you’ve got to know what you’re looking for.

Next steps

Looking for a way to get to grips with financial statements, without becoming a management accountant? Monarch Institute’s Navigating Financial Statements short course is the result of decades of development and refinement with finance industry stakeholders and clients including major banks. Because it’s 100% flexible and online, it’s the perfect just-in-time professional education solution.




Sources: psc.isr.umich.edu, lmip.gov.au

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I hold a Bachelor of Economics (Monash) and a Master of Commerce (Hons) (Uni Melbourne). I’ve lectured at the AGSM, University of Melbourne, RMIT University and Whittier College in California over a period of 35 years. I’ve taught accounting and finance in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, and financial planning in Australia and Singapore. I have worked for BBL Funds Management Ltd, a specialist index fund manager, providing training and education support to financial planners. To top that all off, I’ve also held a Certified Financial Planning (CFP) designation while practising as a financial planner.

I am currently the Head of Teaching and Learning at Monarch Institute. As a trainer, I hold a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. I have written a chapter for an Australian text book titled Personal Finance, first published by John Wiley and Sons in 2001. My other publications include written course materials for the RMIT Master of Finance and Monarch Institute.

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I joined Monarch Institute in December 2015. Prior to joining the Monarch team, I was the General Manager of Rockwell Financial Services Group’s consumer investment business. I joined Rockwell after 10 years at the Bennelong Group, one of Australia’s leading private equity and funds management groups.

During my time at Bennelong, I held various positions including General Manager and Director of Aurora Media in Dubai, Director of i-comm Media in London, CEO of Crown Content in Melbourne. My time there culminated in my appointment to the position of Group General Manager.

I have also held positions at various charitable organisations, including the Bennelong Foundation and the Butterfly Foundation. I hold a double degree in Law and Commerce, and am a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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