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December 2012/January 2013

Learn from change

As a year ends and another begins, this issue is all about…change! Most people hide from change, rather than embrace it. Some view it as an obstacle – yet is it not a door opening to unseen opportunities? But managing change in today’s workplace is what keeps people relevant. To be responsible for generating results is one thing, but another is to know how to generate sustainable returns from year to year. In business today, everyone is needed to lead and coordinate change in some way or another.
In this issue we focus on two closely linked changes sweeping through the corporate world – sustainability and integrated reporting. Thought leaders examine these concepts from various angles to illuminate how commerce can see beyond short-term gains and lay the foundations for sustainable businesses and societies.

It’s all change here at SAICA too, as your Accountancy SA magazine unveils a fresh look and feel, designed for easily accessible reading and shorter, sharper opinions.

One change implemented in this issue is to profile industry leaders, – and we begin this journey by profiling the SAICA board. Change drives leaders – as Victor Sekese, CEO of SizweNtsalubaGobodo (SNG) tells, the highlight of his career was the formation of SNG, which transformed the landscape of the profession in South Africa. Cathryn Emslie, a partner at Deloitte, dreams of scrapping dearly held accountancy paradigms she believes are outdated.

Someone who wasn’t afraid to change things was Steve Jobs and this month we publish an article that talks about his leadership lessons (p.54), and maybe he said it best … People who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do. So, if you are part of a company that’s undergoing change or transformation – embrace it. Learn from the journey, because in the end it will probably make you stronger and any adversity that goes with it brings wisdom.