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As an Accountant, what shade of grey are you?

OK, a bit of a provocative question as I am inferring that all Accountants according to modern myth are ‘grey’ people. I have always felt as an accountant myself no affiliation with this image of being grey and have taken … Continue reading

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Being Authentic in Business

Why would you want to be authentic? If you can be like someone else who is more beautiful, intelligent, interesting to do business with, why not pretend to be them? With all these trappings, a successful business career is yours … Continue reading

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Can a functional specialist become a leader?

Last month I attended a very interesting talk at the CIMA Chilterns Branch about how to use psychometric testing in recruitment assessment centres to identify the candidate with the best suited personality traits for the role. There is a major … Continue reading

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Flexibility is a key factor for a successful Finance career

A recently published report by Ernst & Young called ‘Finance Forte: The Future of Financial Leadership’ explores a large number of aspects of what CFO’s and aspiring CFO’s need to do to manage the future of their roles. In reviewing … Continue reading

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Finance at the Heart of Business

When I was working as a Finance Director, I felt it was vitally important that the Finance function was at the ‘heart’ of my business. Did I mean that Finance should be literally pumping the life blood of the business? … Continue reading

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The case of the £22 light bulb – is this a light bulb moment for you?

In the news today, is the scandalous leak that the MOD is paying £22 for a light bulb supplied by specialist contractors which can be bought on the open market for only 65 pence. The dismay for any observer of … Continue reading

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Finance Director’s, what role are you taking? Parent, Adult or Child?

For those of you have been exposed to Transactional Analysis, you will recognise the terms parent, adult and child. For those who haven’t come across these terms together, they refer to the way you act when reacting to other people’s … Continue reading

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Why are Leadership Soft Skills Important to Accountants?

I recently attended a CIMA branch meeting where there was a presentation on psychometric testing and its use in business. It became evident during the evening from the questions from the audience of accountants, that there was a higher value … Continue reading

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When Perfect Planning is not always the Perfect Solution

My natural instinct is always to strive for perfection in everything I do. Whilst this can be admirable quality that ensures that the quality of my work is of the highest standard, it does not always help me when it … Continue reading

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Get Comfortable Dealing with Ambiguity and Making Decisions

Years of training and work experience has reinforced the need for absolute accuracy in analysis and reporting. This habitual way of working informs the way all Financial Accounting processes are designed and implemented. Controls and checks are mandatory. Manager and … Continue reading

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