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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'.

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.  

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June 7, 2018

 

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 confusing, but this is a true story, so I’m sticking to the facts.  Let’s call the accountant Dan One and the client Dan...

The Evolution of the Accountant

June 7, 2018

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 about a revolution here - the modern accountant will not become redundant; they...

Managing Poor Performance

June 7, 2018
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 their life working, they'd better do something they like.

Would the real modern firm please stand up

June 7, 2018

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 given.   What does create the true modern...

New Year's resolutions to improve your...

June 7, 2018
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 we can help to achieve it.  It's not rocket science, but we have to act now if we want change.
 
 

The most powerful behaviour model ever

June 7, 2018

 

When something goes wrong what is your natural reaction?

Our behaviour responses are so beautifully captured in the acronym ' OARBED ' - the  OAR (Ownership, Accountability and Responsibility) representing above the line behaviour while   BED (Blame, Excuse, Deny) is below the line.   This concept is  easily demonstrated through the child's mind.  For example, perhaps your children...