Blog

Aesthetic Accounting

The issue here is that people appreciate beauty and respond more positively when things look right Without exposure to beauty, people don’t feel right, information doesn’t feel right and so therefore decisions made or conclusions drawn leave the user with a sense of unease. If things don’t look right there is a depression of spirit… Read more »

Accounting for Conduct

Accountants will hold responsible positions in many businesses of various size and complexity. They will be applying their specialist skills and knowledge to an ever changing set of challenges. Yet Accounting qualifications have not always had a good PR recognition, and indeed the worst excesses of creative accounting have led to accusations of being a… Read more »

Servitisation, a new business?

Introduction The IOT is a great idea, connected machines of all shapes, uses and sizes feed backing constant data about usage , condition and performance- all for better efficiency . Servitisation is not a new idea, it is merely becoming more widespread as firms find more innovative ways of maintaining customer relations and changing their… 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 »

Driver Based Planning

Introduction   Driver based modelling is becoming a function of the current economic uncertainty (aka the ‘new normal’.) Traditionally, forecasts and models have been prepared along the lines of last year’s actuals plus a control /expectation margin either to increase sales revenue by x % or to decrease certain costs by y%. Throw in a… Read more »

The SME Survival handbook

The SME  Survival Guide     About this download This is written by me based on my 30 years experience in the SME sector, I have used the metaphor of a jungle to set the introductory feel for these series of essays, not because the SME landscape is necessarily threatening , but it is certainly… Read more »

Trust and the Leader

I think the important point for leaders is to understand that organisational Trust and behaviours have their roots in Social Contract theory, or indeed something much baser dating from Aristotle’s time that people move away from pain and try and attain pleasure. Stakeholders therefore want to avoid losses, eliminate risk and move towards sustainable businesses… Read more »

Agenda Accounting

Agendas are generally about information (Often supplied by the Accountant), which is in turn driven by expectation, growth, innovation and notions of sustainability Agendas are also influenced by the externalities to the Business such as how they are perceived to be governed and the regulatory constraints on them as well as responding to Stakeholder expectations… Read more »

Business conduct and Corporate capitalism

CEOs will hold responsible positions in many businesses of various size and complexity. They will be applying their specialist skills and knowledge to an ever changing set of challenges. Yet qualifications have not always had a good PR recognition, and indeed the worst excesses of MBA behaviour have led to accusations of being a main… Read more »