CEOs

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 »

digital democracy

The onset of technological advances has meant a move towards more equality and public debate through the myriad of social media platforms. Net neutrality has been a hot topic lately and a tension caused by Government pronouncements urging the Tech Titans to edit some of the less desirable content found on the internet.. We also… Read more »

Accountants, Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies

The new kid on the block (chain) is the crypto currency. Bitcoin is but one example of these new digital virtual currencies which may at some future date be the future of how we do business. The issue for me is one of hurdles and acceptance before we dispense of ‘fiat money’ and whilst Blockchains… Read more »

Akratic Accounting

Akratic Accounting or Procrastination Introduction We have all been there, put off something until tomorrow and tomorrow, as we know never comes, so those little tasks like reconciling some control accounts don’t get done until absolutely necessary and at the eleventh hour leading to short cut and short term solutions and frustrations at our own… Read more »

Procrastination- the thief of time

This saying from the English poet Edward Young is often quoted when we talk about decision making, those who procrastinate achieve little. There are lots of articles in cyberspace about this and usually is seen as a negative behaviour and an example of poor decision making (or lack of). Passage of time The decision not… Read more »

ten foot rule

I have been involved with front facing retail businesses for a number of years. Last week I attended a sales manager’s meeting and we discussed some basic issues around the sales process and how customers were to be treated. The follow up by the Sales Director reminded me of something which was overdue and a… Read more »

Risk, Morals and Investment Appraisal.

One of the underlying assumptions for an investing shareholder is that the interests (returns) of the shareholder coincide with the interests of the manager. Indeed, the Principal-Agent relationship is key to this view and the assumption is that the agent is acting in the best interest of the Principal, using better knowledge to enhance the… Read more »

Strategy and Investment

Introduction According to Michael Porter there are three types of strategy. Readers of his book ‘Competitive Strategy ‘will recognise the broad spectrum of visions and mission that organisations will adopt ranging from differentiation to focus. Latterly there had been a debate about size and how organisations can influence/shift markets and thus their power and influence… Read more »

The shareholder and the firm

Let’s start this article with a disclaimer, this is not about investment criteria per se, it is not about how shareholders and their money are applied for gain. What this article is about is how the needs of the shareholders are aligned with Corporate Goals. It explores some unique challenges in the SME world where… Read more »

Mental Health 1

Mental health is how we think, feel and behave, it manifests itself in various forms and is different in each individual ranging from general uncomfortableness, feelings of dis-ease, depression and anxiety. This can lead to unnecessary worry, extreme sadness, despair and feelings of inadequacy and sates of ‘learned helplessness’ Most business people will experience these… Read more »