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Mental Health Training for Accountants

This month something a bit different. I have asked Peter Annis-Brown of Manage Health to provide his views on the mental health of the professional services industry. Peter is a qualified Mental Health Educator and Master Mental Health 1st Aid instructor who conducts workshops, training, and courses throughout Australia to leaders, businesses and organisations looking…

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Leadership – Unleashing the Key to your Career Superpower

As an ambitious professional, you’re on the lookout for opportunities to step up and stand out. Bigger clients. More complex work. Sitting in the big meetings. Conversations with the senior practitioner. Leadership is one factor that you must address to be truly successful. It’s something that not every finance professional gets right and therefore when…

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Soft Skills – the Future for Successful Accountants

If you have been working for several years in the accounting industry or maybe just a few, you would have noticed that successful team members know more than technical accounting skills. They know how to manage a meeting, put clients at ease, deal with difficult clients and scenarios, persuade and negotiate, and make themselves known…

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How’s that capacity plan going?

As many readers may be aware, I have long advocated that every firm needs a production manager. Part of that job is to ensure that the business has sufficient capacity to get the work done and develop new work. In these resource constrained times, this is no easy challenge. While, before COVID, there were still…

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Connecting the Team with Humour

Videoconferencing or virtual solutions like Webex, Go to Meeting and Zoom and more recently Teams have been around for many years. Until COVID-19, though, you would find that many if not most people needing to attend a meeting remotely would be calling from a conference room full of their teammates. Today, we are often holding…

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Strategies for Accounting Practice Leadership

Wikipedia defines leadership as “the ability of an individual or organisation to lead or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organisations through a process of social influence in which a person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task”. Great leaders display outstanding performance in the practice management…

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Opening up new doors in your career

With the new year here it’s time to move forward, look at things differently and perhaps even head down a new path in your firm. Moving on and hopefully away from COVID-19 is the season of new opportunity, so now is the time to refresh your workplace habits to create your own “new beginning.” Remember,…

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2021 – Glad that’s over; 2022 a new beginning?

Well, it’s been hard to find raving fans for the year 2021. COVID tired set in. In and out of lockdown and the uncertainties surrounding it. That said, it’s been far from a disaster for the majority of professional service firms. It’s just that people are a bit worn out – looking forward to a…

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Mental Health Challenges for Accountants

Everyone’s struggling! Anyone who thinks the last 18 months has been a picnic really has to look at their own self-awareness and wonder why… As accountants and advisers, you are dealing with your clients on a day-to-day basis that are struggling to pay rent, pay their staff, pay their suppliers and to literally keep the…

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Who will command your bots?

Picture a world where you receive a message every morning from your robots that have already done most of the procedural work for you and have even gone as far as letting clients know the status of their work. Seems fanciful? Well, it’s coming faster than you think. All of the larger firms are making…

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