Recently I ran a ‘Succession Insights Poll’ in New Zealand, with 441 accounting firms participating. The most thought provoking question raised during the post-poll webinar was ‘What happened to all the Young Guns coming through; where are they and why do they not want...
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I’m a firm believer that everyone comes to work to do a great job - initially anyway.  So why do businesses have poor performers?  Likewise, why do team members find it difficult to deal with conflict in the workplace; that difficult client or demanding boss? To ...
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The biggest challenge in business stems from 'TLT' - too little time.

One of the best solutions to TLT is to delegate more, either to existing team members or to people external to the business (outsourcing). It's as simple as looking at the number of hats you are wearing to see if you can delegate any of them....
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I firmly believe that when anyone starts a new role they come to work with the intention of doing a great job. They're keen to make an impression, to make a difference, and to enjoy themselves. After all life is too short, right? If the average person spends 40,000 hours of ...
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The Power of Drawing

May 17, 2017

A picture paints a thousand words. So why don't we draw more?

My old excuse (below the line thinking) was that I'm an accountant and therefore I can't draw. Too bad if you're a visual learner, you'll just have to listen to what I say or read my words. Worse still, I'll subject you to death by PowerPoint. Does this sound familiar? Thos...
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And that was possibly the most ridiculous blog title I’ve ever written.

There is no such thing as the modern accounting firm, any more than there is the modern store or the modern plumbing company. Real time reporting, less paper and no server are all outcomes of technology shift; they don't of themselves create the modern firm. They're now a ...
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Business Story Books tell a compelling, authentic and fluid story. Both content and form are important in delivering an informative and inspiring story that promotes brand awareness....
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Client events streamlined

February 3, 2017

Client events are a double-edged sword.

1. They provide literally a room full of opportunities to help your clients achieve their goals. 2. If executed poorly you'll suffer from brand damage, wasted resources and shattered team confidence. ...
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A resolution is defined as: 'A firm decision to do or not do something.' When we set attainable resolutions we gain clarity of our desired direction both personally and professionally. They say it takes 21 times to change or create a habit and by actively speaking change w...
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Be, Do, Have.

October 20, 2016
Our success in life can be summed up using these three words in their correct order. The ordering of these three words will heavily influence the outcomes that we achieve. Compare these two sentences: ...
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