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Profit, Time and Style

There are lots of research papers that prove the theory that leadership style, employee morale and collaborative relationships improve productivity. So why are we still looking at behaviour of leaders who ‘micro manage’ , lead by fear and are focus on short term results. The answer lies in those last three words and accounts for… Read more »

Dodo Accounting

With the event of the fourth industrial revolution and the general unease about job losses and the disappearance of traditional roles, this piece is about how we can change our thinking about accountancy to be more relevant than ever, It is already happening in business as we no longer see roles advertised for Accountants but… Read more »

Rhetoric , Role and Results (Alliteration)

Story- telling, mythologizing and rhetoric should be part of an accountant’s tool kit and such can transform a good accountant into a great communicator Since Ancient Greece we have marvelled at the oratory of great speakers and their ability to present coherent points of view supported by their delivery, command of language and expression. Fast… Read more »

Business Partnering

  Currently an in vogue phrase and one which begs the question about organisational design. It is heartening to see that traditional ‘support’ (and silo) functions such as Finance, HR and IT are now looking at their wider role in business support. A review of recent job adverts will see a proliferation of the term… Read more »

Altruism and Autocracy

Early attempts at describing societies by philosopher’s and sociologists have all tried to analyse the nature of the groups in which we work, whether it is the family, tribe or nation state. There has been much debate about power and influence and male/female societies and the distribution of decision making structures and institutions of social… Read more »

Why more is actually less- the new Finance function and financial literacy

There have been great strides in accountancy and technology over the last 30 years. In the early days we had basic accounts packages which could cope with double entry bookkeeping and the odd purchase order system, stock control module and fixed asset registers. Then along came ERP systems which took business processes to a greater… Read more »

Cryptocurrencies and value

Crypto currencies like bitcoins are gaining traction, but how these innovations in fin tech disturb the existing elitism and the desire to maintain the regulatory status quo regionally and internationally through the current structures of the law and compliance. Are the new crypto currencies merely a repetition of the old barter economy and we are… Read more »

Zen and Zenith

There is lot of talk at the moment about mindfulness and meditation, taking time out of our everyday lives to reflect and consider the consequences of our actions and the interplay with society. Mere knowledge is not enough, appreciation of the outcomes and the way that outputs have been achieved appears to be behind this… Read more »

Hierarchies

Here is an interesting piece about why social groups need some structure in decision making and pecking order. Whilst it takes an economic view of life and social structures and talks about costs and utilities, it does demonstrate that these ideas are not new because we have always made these type of structures in whatever… Read more »

New Finance, New You

CEOs have a tough job and their relationship with Their Finance chief (whatever the title) is a crucial part of what makes the business tick. There are instances where the finance function may not be as effective as possible due to either a breakdown in this relationship or a change in behaviour of one or… Read more »