Organisations

Scale and scalability

A phrase used as long ago as 1952 was ‘span of control’ and it is quite a simple concept in terms of management and leadership and the number of people you actually can influence in an organisation. In essence it has its roots in Taylorism and an idea that there is a set of principles… Read more »

project failure

1 flaky goals 2 uncontrolled variations 3 unexpected stakeholders 4 subjective measures 5 bad estimating 6 poor leadership 7 no contingencies 8 unmanaged expectations 9 poor monitoring 10 uncorrected feedback

unbalanced accounting

Generally there is no one set of information that suits every business although accountants will tell you the importance of reconciling balance sheets to the Profit and loss account- this is called the inventory method of accounting. Businesses that don’t do this on a regular basis tend to have some nasty shocks at the annual… Read more »

Business as Usual

Business as Usual (BAU) Accounting If we see the trend with accountancy and the use of AI, the terms ‘Accountant,’ Book keeper’ or ‘bean counter’ are becoming extinct as AI takes on the drudge work and ERP systems turn every operator into ‘Administrator’ There are some unintended consequences to this. Firstly, operational personnel are now… Read more »

Autocrats and and datacrats

As we head deeper into the fourth Industrial revolution, those people who design, programme and implement the hardware .software and liveware dictate the speed and direction of progress. Reward structures are more lucrative for programmers and coders than many other traditional occupations and reinforce their worth to their specific employer and society at large. What… Read more »

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 »

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 »