CPE Packages (Incl. Ethics) for Multiple States and Qualifications Available. Price $4/credit - CLICK HERE to view.

The Creative Accountant: The Three Types of Problem and How to Solve Them

Ross Maynard

Ideas2Action Process Excellence Ltd

  • CPA

Published: September, 2020

2 Credits


Subject Area

Specialized Knowledge

Webinar Qualifies For

2 CPE credit of Accounting for all CPAs

2 General Educational credit for Tax Professionals / Bookkeepers / Accountants

Before starting this self study program, please go through the instructional document.


  • The Factors that Result in Poor Solutions to Problems
    7 mins
  • The Important Thing is bot to Panic!
    20 mins
  • The Problem Statement
    29 mins
  • Brainstroming
    34 mins
  • The Bees Algorithm
    61 mins
  • Scaling Questions
    76 mins
  • Tools for Wicked Problems
    92 mins

Course Description

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 it 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 – the creative accountant – 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.

Learning Objectives

  • The Three Types of Problem
  • The Critical Problem and how to deal with it
  • Tools for Tame Problems
  • Wicked Problems
  • A Strategy to Deal with Wicked Problems

Who Should Attend?

  • Accountant
  • Accounting Firm
  • Accounting Managers
  • Accounting Practice Owners
  • Accounts Director
  • Chief Accounting Officer
  • Cloud Accountants
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • CPA in Business
  • Entrepreneurial Accountant
  • Entrepreneurial CPA
  • Senior Accountant
  • Staff of Accounting Firm
  • VP Accounts
  • Young CPA