Entries by Mark Lee

What happens when the 'rainmakers' retire?

Most accountancy firms have at least one ‘rainmaker’ who combines all of the ‘finding’ skills I have addressed in other blogs. Wouldn’t it be great if the rainmaker could act as a mentor of younger ambitious accountants in the firm? In practice this doesn’t happen very often. On the contrary it seems that very few […]


Great questions (part one)

Many ambitious professionals welcome the opportunity to expand their thinking and to benefit from identifying new ideas all by themselves.  You will also find that you can STAND OUT from your peers in a positive way by reflecting on key questions and then answering them honestly. Here are some great questions I’ve benefited from in […]

The mentor option

The September issue of Accountancy magazine has been published and I am delighted to see that they have included my letter in response to an article about coaching and mentoring in the July issue. The full text of my letter appeared on this blog on 30 July.

Memories of being mentored

Mentoring seems to be flavour of the month all of a sudden. I was approached today by a journalist who wanted a quote from someone with experience of the traditional internal style of mentoring that some larger firms provide. Here’s what I said: ” As a junior partner many years ago I was allocated a […]