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Accounting and spreadsheets.

We have all seen spreadsheets which are overly complicated and reflect the inner workings of someone’s brain in finance and forecasting and when multiple people have access to the data and add their own calculations and formulae then it will not surprise us to know that spreadsheets can become error prone and in some cases… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Open Book, Ledger and Lender Accounting

Accountants  and Lenders of a certain age will recognize the term open book accounting, essentially it was a way of two parties having access to more than the usual information in a transaction. It was supposed to benefit both parties through smarter procurement and contract negotiations. Although it didn’t get widespread acceptance, especially in Public… 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 »