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The 7 Traits of Today's Accountant

August 5, 2019

You may or may not subscribe to the view that compliance is shrinking - that’s not the point.  You may or not agree that Advisory or Business Development Services are what’s needed to remain relevant to your clients - that’s not the point either.  What cannot be denied is that our industry is going through significant change and we need to adapt our skills.

Stop Scope Stretch!

July 3, 2019

I’m redefining ‘Scope Creep’ as ‘Scope Stretch’, and for good reason. 

The real power of proposals

June 3, 2019

During my 17 years running an accounting firm, particularly in the last five years when I was quoting for 100% of the work I did, I had hundreds of BFOs (Blinding Flashes of the Obvious).  Let me share four of them, relating to proposals and winning new work:

The three freedoms your clients want

May 1, 2019

About 10 years ago I was having lunch with a friend (let’s call her Jane) when she asked, 'why should I come to you as a client Mark?'.  I started my usual and practised patter about quality, professionalism, great team, great service…   Jane basically then told me to shut up.  I’m sure that if we weren’t having lunch, she would have walked off to find someone else to talk to!  Instead she...

Helping your clients win the business...

April 1, 2019

We often refer to the three essential tools in business as ‘The Business Development Trifecta’.  We’re Kiwis after all.

The curious incident of the dog and the nail

March 8, 2019

There’s a proverb about a young man walking down the street.  He comes across an older man sitting on his porch, with a dog lying next to him, whining in pain.  The young man asks the dog’s owner ‘What’s wrong with your dog?’. The owner replies ‘He’s lying on a nail’.  The man asks ‘Lying on a nail? Why doesn’t he move?’.  The owner replies ‘Because it’s not hurting bad enough'.

How to attract and retain excellent...

February 27, 2019

Millennials challenge the way we work and manage.  

The perceived ‘millennial mindset’ is not always flattering though, with generalisations including being entitled, convenience-loving, matcha latte sipping, self-important job-hoppers who demand to work less, and from a place of their choosing - be that home or a yurt in Central America.

The gold in our failings

January 30, 2019

Secretly, humans are conditioned to love a good fail.  While stories of triumph are inspiring, epic fails are generally more relatable, and certainly more entertaining… #FailArmy #PaddleBoardYogaFails.  

Achieving Better Leverage in Your Firm

December 11, 2018

We all know that the secret to success is to work smarter, not harder, right?  Yet we still get stuck in the day to day emails, client queries, file reviews, and activities that are highly important to others, but not necessarily to ourselves.  Working smarter becomes a pipe dream as we can’t see the wood for the trees.