Marius Daniels

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Principal, Hexagon Accounting

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant, with >25 years of supporting organisations in financial and strategic management roles to achieve solid business outcomes. I have experience both locally and internationally, having worked across diverse industries such as manufacturing, engineering and construction, pharmaceutical, not for profit and FMCG. With a highly analytical and curious nature, I solve business problems whilst building strong and lasting relationships. My goal is to add value to organisations utilizing the best combination of engaged people, stream-lined process and fit for purpose technology.

Presentation: Real – mastering soft skills to nail your assignment

I am pleased to submit my expression of interest, with a talk titled – “Real – mastering soft skills to nail your assignment.”

A chartered accountant, working senior financial roles Globally and in Australia, I have experienced change firsthand. This includes new financial and operating systems, process improvements, restructures including business transformation. To achieve success, I have relied on Business Analysts to provide valuable input and facilitate improvement.

While I have found business analysts to possess solid technical skills, the same could not be said for their use of soft skills. BA’s who are able to quickly assess their environment and tap into the right soft skills at the right time, tend to outperform those that rely on skill alone.

The objective of my talk, reflecting from a clients perspective – will look at practical examples and ways to address the following:
• Why is it important as a BA to “know thyself”
• Understand the lay of the land – where do I fit in as a BA?
• Explain a number of soft skills and how I have noticed them being used effectively to address tricky situations
o Introducing the concept of “do you want to be right, or do you want a relationship?
• How soft skills help you serve the needs of your client

My goal is to be thought provoking, challenging BA’s to think about what motivates them and to inspire them to focus on developing a range of soft skills to support career progression.

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