Who Hires A Coach or Mentor?

The options for undertaking your continuing professional development are extensive these days. So much is accessible online from webinars, to full training courses and even on places like YouTube. Another option that some choose is to work with a coach or mentor. It might be something you might have considered. Alternatively it might not have been something you were […]

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How To Deliver Better Presentations At Work

Presenting is part and parcel of the role of a Finance professional. Some love doing presentation. For others it’s more of a struggle. Whenever I’m doing workshops, two questions come up time and time again:How can I be more confident?How can I keep my audience engaged?Let’s explore each of these. Confidence is an outcome.  In my experience there are […]

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Learning From Others

I was on a Zoom meeting recently with someone in my network. Both of us had a similar route into work at 15 or 16 with basic qualifications. Despite that we both got professional qualifications and did alright in our respective careers. One thing we spoke about was the importance of having others you can learn from. You might […]

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What We Can Learn About Leadership From The European Super League Fiasco

The announcement about the formation of a new European Super League was made. Pretty quickly it was condemned from just about everyone. The statements and apologies followed the decision of all 6 English clubs followed after they changed their mind. The fact that this is about football isn’t important. What’s interesting for me is the leadership lessons. Why? Because a big […]

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The Realities of Remote Job Interviews and How To Address Them

In the current COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more and more likely that you will be interviewed remotely. Now we all understand that job interviews under normal circumstances can be tough. It might feel that being interviewed for a job over Zoom or Microsoft Teams is a huge challenge. Of course for every downside of remote job interviews, there’s an […]

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Getting Paid What Your Worth As An Accountant

You set out on your accounting career. You put the time and effort in to get professionally qualified.  You may even have financed your study for your professional qualification. Now it’s just a case of enjoying the rewards. If only it was that simple. Some will be reaping rewards.  Others may be earning much less than their potential. So how […]

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Why Job Interviews Are A Struggle

Why a job interviews such a struggle for many accountants and professional people. I think one of the reasons is that people don’t identify enough potential questions and then write out answers to those questions ahead of a job interview. And as a result, what happens is they really struggle on the day and get rejected. When I […]

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What Makes Someone A Great Finance Business Partner?

The role of the accountant has changed a lot in the almost 41 years since I had my first job in accounting. Back then there wasn’t the same variety of roles. And Finance Business Partnering wasn’t on the radar. Now, it’s becoming more and more common. So what makes someone a great finance business partner? Here’s my thoughts. Technically competent My choice […]

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The Mistakes To Avoid When Looking For Your Next Job

Looking for a new job is a big commitment. At the time of writing this article, most of the world is still dealing with the impact of COVID-19. Many accountants and other professionals have found themselves out of work. As a result there are more candidates chasing each role. So without doubt looking for your next job is even […]

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