What Skills Do Employers Want?

If you are accountant, professional or someone who is working towards a professional qualification you are clearly ambitious.   Over the last 34 years I have been hugely fortunate to work with a whole range of people.  Many of them got the professional qualifications they needed and went on to be really successful in their […]

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5 Barriers That Get In The Way of People Leading and Managing Effectively In Turbulent Times

Every leader and manager faces challenges on a day to day basis.  Most of of the time they deal with them.  In turbulent times, which I define as perhaps a crisis or a time where there is a need for decisive action, many leaders and managers struggle. I’ve picked out 5 main reasons for this, […]

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Why People Don’t Get Benefit From Their Performance Appraisal and What To Do About It

If you work for an organisation of any size, chances are there will be some sort of formal appraisal of your performance.  In some organisations this could be as frequently as once a quarter.  In reality it is going to be at annually or every 6 months.   Now I have always been a great […]

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The Challenges of Leading and Managing Projects

When it comes to leadership and management, many think in terms of leading or managing a function.  While this is definitely a large part of the role, you will from time to time find that you have responsibility for leading and managing projects.   A project can be defined as anything where there is a […]

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How Do You Define A Successful Career?

Most of us spend a significant time at work, whether employed or running our businesses.  If you asked the majority of people if having a successful career is important, most would say it really mattered. On the other hand if I ask people to define what a successful career is they often struggle.  In some […]

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Why You Are Being Less Successful In Your Career Than You Would Like

Most accountants and professionals set out with great plans for their career.  Some go on to meet and even exceed their expectations.  Others fail to fulfil early potential and end up stuck or stagnating.   Now let’s not pretend that career progression right now is not a little harder than it was in the height […]

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6 Reasons Why You Won’t Get Results Working With A Career Coach

For almost everyone in a profession their career presents a brilliant opportunity.  At the same time not everyone with the appropriate professional qualifications will achieve the results they want. People sometimes look to work with a career coach at some point.  I did at a key stage in my career and since that point have […]

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Making An Impact At Work

Everyone starts somewhere in their career.  For me it was at the very bottom as a Payments Clerk in Glasgow earning £1,500 a year.  Although most start of the bottom, there is often a huge variation between those who go on to achieve the success they want and those that struggle.   One thing I […]

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It Takes More Than Being Good At The Numbers

For most starting out in a career in accountancy the initial priority is to get a professional qualification.  Many start, some complete the qualification, while many fail and give up.   Looking back on a 25 year career in accountancy I know that getting your qualification is vital.  It is also important to gain experience. […]

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Why We All Need Some Downtime To Recharge

If you are like most professional people you are probably pretty driven.   Chances are you get a real kick out of achieving the next milestone whether that is a job move, new experience or a new challenge.   While it is great to be really driven, it is important to have some sense of balance.  […]

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