Accounting Influencers Roundtable


Accounting & Finance Soft Skills Upgrade: Sean Purcell

Sean Purcell ACMA explores vital future finance skills and the evolving role of finance business partners. Discover insights on EQ, effective communication, and more.

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Accounting & Finance Soft Skills Upgrade: Sean Purcell

In this episode of the Accounting Influencers Podcast, Rob Brown engages in a deep conversation with the seasoned expert, Sean Purcell ACMA. Sean dives into the critical skills necessary for the future of finance professionals and emphasizes the evolving role of finance business partners. With a decade of experience in crafting Continuing Professional Development (CPD) content for prestigious accounting bodies, Sean is a recognized authority in this field.

He sheds light on the shifting landscape of finance due to automation and the growing need for competencies beyond traditional finance knowledge. Sean discusses the importance of emotional intelligence (EQ) over IQ for success in the finance world. He also highlights the challenge of effective communication within finance teams and with other departments in an organization.

Sean shares valuable insights on influencing and understanding colleagues, drawing parallels between different industries. He emphasizes the importance of empathy and soft skills in building trust and collaboration. The conversation touches on the cultural differences in the perception of sales and the role of finance professionals in various countries.

Throughout the episode, Sean encourages a more open and transparent approach to mistakes, drawing parallels between the healthcare and airline industries. He also stresses the need for finance professionals to adapt and develop their soft skills to remain relevant and impactful in the evolving financial landscape.

Tune in to this episode to gain a fresh perspective on the future of finance and the essential skills required to excel in this dynamic field. Sean’s wealth of experience and insights will leave you with valuable takeaways for your finance journey.

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Guest Bio

Sean Purcell ACMA is a seasoned expert with nearly three decades of experience in enhancing the softer skills within finance functions on a global scale. He is dedicated to delivering impactful programs worldwide and has played a pivotal role in shaping Continuing Professional Development (CPD) content for prestigious accounting bodies such as ACCA, CGMA, and AICPA. With a track record of working closely with over 1000 finance business partners globally, Sean is a go-to resource for organizations seeking to optimize their commercial success. He specializes in crafting bespoke programs that empower finance professionals to provide actionable insights, especially in a landscape where automation is revolutionizing traditional financial tasks. Learn more about Sean’s work at

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.