Don’t Rely On A One Channel Approach To Job Search

Searching for a new job is never easy at the best of times. In the current COVID-19 situation the challenge has in my view got even bigger. I was presenting on a webinar for accountants fairly recently. At the start of the webinar I ran a poll. It was a straight forward yes or no poll. The question was whether […]

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Working Effectively Across The Business As A Business Partner

Business partnering is common now for many accountants and other functional professionals. A key element in your success is the ability to working with others across the wider organisation. Conceptually many understand this. But how do you do this in practice. I offer some quick tips in the video above. Looking to be a better business partner?  Sign up below […]

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How To Build Better Relationships As A Business Partner

More and more functional professions like accounting, IT, procurement, marketing and HR are moving to more business partnering. Some of this is driven by technology.  Some down to changing expectations.  Some down to professionals wanting to play a bigger role in the business. One thing I’ve noticed over the course of my career is just how important […]

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3 Practical Ways To Be A Better Business Partner

The role of accountants and other functional professionals in organisations is changing. Partly driven by technology.  Partly driven by individuals who want to make a bigger contribution.  Partly driven by organisations being more willing to get the best from every function. At the same time there are challenges. Functional professionals tend to be great at the technical or […]

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You Have To Look and See Beyond The Numbers If You Are Going To Build A Successful Accounting Career

You are a qualified accountant.  You are ambitious.  You have a huge amount of potential. Of course there’s a huge difference between being ambitious and having potential and actually realising your potential. What’s clear from my expert interview with Susan Ni Chriodain is that finance professionals who want to be successful in their careers, need to see […]

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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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