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AO Learning System: Accounting & Finance Edition

Learn the Missing Competency

How did Uber revolutionize the taxi business and disrupt an entire industry that is now taking on FedEx for deliveries?

The answer is Anticipation: the ability to foresee growing problems, disruptions, customer needs and new opportunities. In today’s business environment, the only constant variable is “change.” Businesses that are able to predict change—and that have the confidence to act on what we call HARD TRENDS—have the biggest advantage in tomorrow’s market.


The Anticipatory Organization Learning System: Accounting & Finance Edition is a training process for executives and their teams to develop the skills to accurately foresee and take critical actions before disruption strikes.

What is the Anticipatory Organization® Learning System?

The Anticipatory Organization Learning System is a revolutionary process that teaches you a new competency to elevate your strategies and migrate teams to the mindset of Anticipation in all that they do. Developing the competency of Anticipation is a powerful enhancement for organizations who have adopted other process improvement methods like Agile, Lean, Six Sigma and others. The program focuses on four key areas of development:


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"The Anticipatory Organization Learning System helps establish a mindset, a common language and eventually a culture of being anticipatory for our clients. By making this anticipatory skillset a core strength of our teams, it brings creative and new ideas that make us more valuable to our clients and it creates a game changer for our firm.” Joey Havens, Executive Partner, Horne LLP

Anticipatory Course Curriculum



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“Everyone keeps telling accountants that they need to change their focus from the historic and the backward-looking, and to start being proactive and offering future-focused advice – but no one tells them how. The beauty of the Anticipatory Organization program is that it actually gives you a set of tools to harness the hard trends that are shaping the future, and use them to create new value for your firm and your clients.” Daniel Hood, Editor-in-Chief, Accounting Today

Frequently Asked Questions


I want to offer this to my company. Do you offer group licenses?
Yes, we do offer group subscriptions to The Anticipatory Organization. We have a tiered pricing plan that is available for organizations or departments of all sizes. Contact AOLearning@burrus.com or call 1-262-367-0949 for more information.
How is the course structured?
There are four learning modules. Each lesson starts with a short, single-concept video followed by a rapid application activity designed to deliver results. The sooner a lesson is applied to everyday activities, the more it becomes a part of the learner’s everyday mindset. After each 3-5 minute single-concept video, the learners apply what they have learned to the work they do, regardless of their position title.
How quickly will I see results?
Benefits will be seen immediately, because you can apply each lesson to the work you do. You don’t have to wait to finish the course to get the results you're looking for. We recommend that you start from the begining and move through each lesson in order or you can start with any lesson in the training.
What kind of results will I see?
A direct result of learning to be anticipatory is that it fosters two key areas of innovation: Everyday Innovation–where individuals learn to predict and pre-solve problems with inventive solutions, and Exponential Innovation–where individuals and teams learn to turn predictable disruption into game-changing advantages.
How can I develop an Anticipatory Mindset?
We are teaching a new competency, the ability to Anticipate, which elevates decisions and accelerates results. We have post-learning tools that can be used to apply and magnify the impact of the principles long after you have completed the lessons.
How is this training different than other online courses?
We examined other best in class training systems from both large and small companies so that we could get a baseline to develop our next-generation Anticipatory Organization Learning System. Unlike the vast majority of online learning systems that teach only in the lower levels of Bloom's Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain (remembering and understanding), our lessons have the learner use all of the higher levels which include applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating.

"The Anticipatory Organization Learning System has enabled our firm to understand a whole new way of helping our clients. We have trained our entire staff to help our clients identify Hard and Soft Trends which effect their businesses or their personal life, and how to address them. With the rapid changes in technology in today’s world, AO gives us a way to address changes, realize disruptions before they happen, and help clients in new and powerful ways.”

-Allen P. DeLeon, Partner, DeLeon and Stang

The Anticipatory Organization Learning System

It's is a revolutionary process that teaches you a new competency to elevate your strategies and migrate teams to the mindset of Anticipation in all that they do. Developing the competency of Anticipation is a powerful enhancement for individuals and organizations of all sizes who have adopted other process improvement methods like Agile, Lean, Six Sigma and others.

"Every one of our partners went through the AO Learning System and it's outstanding, we heartily recommend it. Undergoing this mind shift transforms you from your current role to an elite advisor -- capable of adding tremendous value to clients and dramatically increasing your marketability."
-Ian Welhman, Partner HaydenRock Solutions

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