True story

An accounting firm relayed this scene to me this week.  One of the firm’s partners, Dan, was at a rugby game with a few of his clients.  They’d had a few beers and the banter was flowing. Out of the blue one of Dan’s clients (his name is also Dan, which is co...
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Screening potential clients sounds rather clinical, a bit like screening for a disease.

Truth be told, D clients are like parasites.  They can be painful, demand attention, drain your energy, query your bills and if they refer you work - breed more parasites.  Most significantly, they’ll damage your brand, morale and culture. Unlike the pa...
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There is no doubt accountants need to evolve.

The accounting industry is going through massive change in response to compliance automation, tax simplification and an increasing demand from clients for more proactive services.  Contrary to popular opinion (or fake news), I am not of the view that we are talking abou...
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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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