The new year often heralds a change in direction, so this month we have featured one professional accountant who not only changed jobs, but also swapped Nigeria for Canada: sadly, as Dave Akerele tells AB Magazine, he also had to give up his footballing ambitions in pursuit of his career goals.

This month we also have several perspectives on what 2022 might bring – for professional accountants generally and board members in particular. We also offer practical advice on how to mitigate rising indirect costs in an inflationary environment.

We know this time of year can be challenging on personal as well as professional levels. Psychologists Dr Rob Yeung and Jess Baker offer insights, respectively, on how small-talk with colleagues can help lift your spirits, and how people pleasers can also help themselves.

Our main interview this month is with new ACCA president Orla Collins. She explains why ethics and integrity will be among her key focuses during her year in office.

We also shine a light on the EU’s latest crackdown on dirty money, and there is a fascinating look at how improving self-esteem could be key to audit quality and recruitment.

Finally, we have added another podcast to our series – the latest episode is on practical ways leaders can support staff in difficult times, on both personal and professional levels.

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