All posts by Duncan Brodie

The Secrets To Being Successful As A Finance Manager

The role of the finance manager can mean different things to different people. Some might be quite junior.  Others could be fairly senior.  Some might be in the middle. I recently interviewed Robin Kiziak. Robin’s worked as Finance Manager for over 15 years in complex organisations. He shares his insights on what it takes to be a successful finance […]

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What I’ve Learned So Far In My 40 Year Career

30 June 1980  I started my career in accounting as a Payments Clerk. With a 5 O Levels I wasn’t exactly starting from strong foundations to build an accounting career . I was however really fortunate to have a boss who saw my potential. One day he dropped a copy of the local college prospectus on my desk. I […]

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The Role of The Finance Professionals In Challenging Times

Finance professionals whether in traditional roles, finance business partnering or even in leadership roles have an important role to play in business success. In challenging times the role takes on even greater significance. In this video blog post I share 3 roles that finance professionals need to take on to be really valuable in challenging times. The fact […]

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Success In Remote Job Interviews – What You Can Learn From Television

If you are looking for a new job right now it’s highly likely that the job interview process will be done remotely. For many accountants and professionals this is very unfamiliar territory. So how might you have more confidence and success by learning from television? That’s one of many questions I asked Media coach and expert Alan Stevens. With […]

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Keep The Message Clear and Simple When Communicating Financial Information

You learned a lot in your professional accounting exams.  Some of it very complex. On the other hand what about communicating financial information? Yes you might be able to rattle off the stock phrases of it being relevant, reliable, timely and understandable in an exam. In organisations it’s a lot tougher than it seems.  A good guide principle […]

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The Keys To Presenting Effectively – Even if You Hate Presenting

Presenting is a key skill for accountants and professionals. You have to be able to get your ideas across to a whole host of people. Some will be hugely interested in what you have to say. Others less so. Here’s the issue.  Many accountants and professionals in my experience either:Hate presenting and avoid if they can.Do it reluctantly and […]

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What Makes You Different From Every Other Accountant?

You apply for an accounting job that you know you could do really well. You get invited to the job interview. It’s all going really well. Then you get asked what makes you different from every other accountant? For the well prepared candidate this shouldn’t be a difficult question to answer. On the other hand it’s easy to1Panic2Blurt something out3Say […]

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How Clear Are You About What You Want From Your Next Job?

You have reached the stage where you can almost do your job in auto pilot. Now it’s just a case of applying, interviews and getting offered the job. In the early stages of your career this may have proven successful. What I’ve noticed over the last 40 years of my career is that what works in the early […]

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7 Steps To Get Ahead of The Game With Job Search

I was recently interviewed by Andi Lonnen of The Finance Training Academy and The Finance Business Partner Academy. The focus of the interview was to share 7 practical steps accountants and professionals can can to start or restart their job search in these challenging COVID-19 times and beyond. We get straight into the tips.  The interview has […]

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10 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Starting To Look For Your Next Accounting Job

Starting the process of looking for a new job in accounting is a major project. It takes time, energy and effort.  There will be times when it feels like it’s going really well. There will also be times when it feels like you will be working hard but making little progress. Of course you know that if you […]

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