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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...

Let's get to the Core of the problem

June 7, 2018

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 get answers to these questions we need to look beneath the surface.  Go beyond actions and behaviour and look to the drivers of...

Can I Outsource Leadership?

June 7, 2018

The biggest challenge in business stems from 'TLT' - too little time.

One of the best solutions to   TLT (Too Little Time) 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.

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.

The Power of Drawing

June 7, 2018

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? Those of you who've worked with me will know, as bad as...

Be, Do, Have.

June 7, 2018
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:  

Bringing your business 'A' game

June 7, 2018
Success in sport is all about playing your 'A' game.  Being the best you can be through preparation and training, during the game and even after with modesty and humility in success and graciousness in defeat.    If everyone on the team plays their 'A' game the results are impressive. So how do we bring our 'A' game to the workplace?  Let's liken our business operations to the game of...

Stop haemorrhaging value.

June 7, 2018
 
It's common knowledge that our perception of the value or quality of a product or service diminishes as the price goes down.  Conversely, the higher the price, the higher the perception of value or quality.

How to sell without product pushing

June 7, 2018
 

Fear of selling is holding accountants back.

Product pushing is trying to sell a number of different products or services to clients irrespective of their needs. We've all experienced the stereotypical insurance salesperson who is only interested in getting the sale. As the client, in this situation we want to run for the hills or blow up the phone.   Accountants fear the product pusher...