Zen and the Accountant

As a homage to the recently departed Robert Pirsig and his book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle maintenance I am setting out some thoughts that may resonate with Accountants and leaders in business. Essentially on a road trip Pirsig outlines two distinct schools of thought and the notion of ‘quality’. There are opposing views… Read more »

Resilience and the Accountant

Introduction One of the latest management phrases is Resilience which has moved the topic of sustainability along from simply surviving to being able to counter or spring back from circumstances that were not foreseen. To some extent this has it’s roots in ancient philosophy as it is not so much about events themselves, but rather… Read more »

Are all accountants introverts?

About half of all accountants are extroverts, according to John Parkinson and Simon Taggar. So can personality tests really help you to select the ideal team? What’s the definition of an extroverted accountant? One who looks at your shoes when he talks to you, rather than looking at his shoes. (Pause for laughs.) You’ve probably… Read more »

The Accountant and Start-ups

Introduction The purpose of this article is to highlight those areas where an accountant through his own skill and knowledge base can add value to a new creation , whilst at the same time become part of the entrepreneurial team and display skills which are necessary to kick start a business. Is it only a… Read more »

Asset Based Lending

A Pragmatic Approach Introduction With the advent of more sophisticated risk assessment methods employed by Lenders, attention is being turned away from Commercial lending per se, traditionally either by a mixture of debt or equity type instruments with security in the form of a standard Debenture over all of the balance sheet assets, to a… Read more »

Bank Relationships

A recent survey by Close Invoice Finance revealed that Almost half (49 per cent) of business owners and directors have not seen their bank manager for a year or more; more disturbingly nearly a quarter (23 per cent) can’t remember the last time they met. It appears that they would rather see their Dentist than… Read more »


Ethics and Ethical behaviour is an old concept, it can be traced back to Ancient Greece and philosophers such as Aristotle and Plato concentrated on understanding the good in people and that in order to live well, a framework of friendship, pleasure, virtue, honesty and wealth all combine to fit into the Ethical framework. The… Read more »

The Intelligent CFO

From number cruncher to standard bearer Introduction There are various ways in which people see the world, a lot depends on situations and circumstances. What this article attempts to do is to identify what makes up the conceptual framework of ‘intelligence’ and how can this be applied to the role of the CFO and assist… Read more »

The Psychological FD

We have all seen the usual recession strategies, managing cash, , working capital controls, strict adherence to rules and rigid authority limits, in short a battening down of hatches. In these sort of times , Accountants hold the balance of power and decision making in the business, long gone are the over optimistic sales forecasts… Read more »