The RSM Academy – Class of 2012

On Friday, I had the pleasure of congratulating the 45 delegates, from RSM member firms around the world upon their graduation from RSM’s sixth annual RSM Academy. I travel to Eindhoven to attend this important programme every year, and I know first-hand how challenging it is for the delegates – I applaud each and every one of them.

The RSM network is about contributing to the success of internationally active organisations and providing our clients with world-class service. For this, we need to have professionals in our member firms who are not only experts in their field, but people who think internationally and see the global picture.

The RSM Academy was specifically designed for senior managers, directors and junior partners to begin their international career journey through collaborative learning and immersing themselves into the diversity of business and personal cultures you would expect to find when working internationally.

Each year the RSM Academy syllabus is based on providing delegates with the knowledge to understand, with real clarity, who we are and our strengths as a network, how they can use these strengths to serve their clients and importantly the role they play in executing the RSM strategy. The RSM Academy is a unique investment in equipping them with the skills and knowledge essential to this task.

Time is also devoted to the development of advanced personal skills, such as learning & personal values, mastering client service and importantly, how to work closer and better with colleagues of different cultures. This part of the syllabus is particularly designed to help RSM member firms offer a truly connected and integrated service to international clients.

It is almost impossible to overstate the importance of investing in training of our people. In the execution of any corporate strategy each colleague must understand how they can act to make changes and in working together, the cumulative effect of this activity is transformational, especially when focused on particular business goals.

I look forward to hearing about how this year’s graduates take what they have learned and apply it to their work – both within their own member firm and our ever-increasing International client base. The Class of 2012 are the future leaders of RSM.


Jean M Stephens
Chief Executive Officer