Are you prioritising the right type of training?

By |2019-03-12T15:11:08+00:00March 12th, 2019|Accountants, Career development, Dependability and trust, Experience and expertise, Key Business skills, Networking|

Weird question? I know. But stay with me for a moment. For as long as I can remember accountants have treated CPD as being synonymous with technical training - by which I mean technical updates and courses intended to explain new rules and regulations. And surely we have to prioritise such training?

Who gets to decide what are your top skills and expertise?

By |2019-01-08T15:12:22+00:00January 8th, 2019|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Career development, Experience and expertise, Key Business skills, Linkedin|

What are your top skills?  The key question though is not what YOU think they are, but what other people believe you are good at. What do your contacts and connections say when they reference and recommend you? And what do your clients say? A few years ago I had a surprise

They’re not ‘soft skills’ for accountants, they’re Key Business Skills

By |2018-11-12T17:39:40+00:00November 13th, 2018|Accountants, Business advice, Career development, Key Business skills, Reputation, Speaking skills|

I know that my own career success owes more to the development of non-technical skills than it does to my knowledge and application of accounting and tax law. How do we gain our technical skills? No one is born a great auditor, tax adviser or accountant. We learn by working alongside experienced

Are you a specialist or a generalist accountant?

By |2018-07-23T15:56:13+00:00July 24th, 2018|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Career development, Marketing and promotion, Sole practitioners|

Most general practitioner accountants I talk with (and I talk with a lot of them) are, obviously, generalists rather than specialists. They started out as general practitioners and stay that way as their client base has always been quite disparate. Many of those who specialise do so only because they originally trained

Why do accountants need to be enthusiastic?

By |2017-10-10T09:30:39+00:00October 10th, 2017|Accountants, Appearance, Business messaging and branding, Career development, Conversational impact, Dependability and trust, Experience and expertise, Following up, Giving, STANDING OUT|

Everyone who knows me recognises my enthusiastic nature. When I was younger I may even have been a touch too enthusiastic. I now recognise that it can unnerve those around you if you are evidently more enthusiastic than everyone else. That was an important lesson for me some years back. So now, older and wiser,

3 lessons for accountants from….. personal trainers

By |2017-07-11T10:56:09+00:00July 11th, 2017|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Career development, Experience and expertise, Reputation, Servicing clients, Sole practitioners|

I recently heard John Hardy the Founder of FASTER Health and Fitness introduce his business.  He mentioned he throught there were similarities with accountants. I have taken what he said and adapted it to provide some lessons for accountants from the business side of personal training and fitness. 1  Personality John has noted that a

Be proud and positive about your profession

By |2017-06-13T12:19:00+00:00June 13th, 2017|Accountants, Business messaging and branding, Career development, Conversational impact, STANDING OUT|

This week's blog post is derived from the response I received from a recent attendee at one of my talks. She had been very enthusiastic so I asked her what she had learned specifically. This is her reply: Things I took away from yesterday: That it’s OK to be on the quiet side at networking

The end of accountants is nigh. Or is it?

By |2017-05-30T09:15:43+00:00May 30th, 2017|Accountants, Career development, Future, Servicing clients, Sole practitioners|

Let me save you some time. Yes, the accounting profession is going through (another) period of unprecedented change. There will be fewer jobs for accountants in the future. There will be fewer large firms of accountants in the future. But there will continue to be plenty of work for savvy sole practitioner accountants for many years

How accountants can take control of their career success

By |2018-07-12T08:01:25+00:00April 5th, 2017|Career development, No longer current|

Duncan Brodie is a former Finance Director who helps accountants build successful careers. I've known him a while and feel his views are worth sharing here. Duncan's views will be especially helpful to you if you are nearly or recently qualified.  As he explains: Once upon a time a professional accounting qualification almost guaranteed that

What are your top skills and expertise?

By |2018-07-12T07:56:33+00:00January 15th, 2015|Appearance, Business messaging and branding, Career development, Key Business skills, Linkedin, STANDING OUT|

The top ranked personal skill or expertise on my Linkedin profile is currently 'strategy'.  It has been moving up the list over the last year. I am flattered that hundreds of people have endorsed me for ANY skills and expertise on Linkedin. Until recently 'Accounting' was top - presumably by reference to my background in

STAND OUT advice from Spencer Wright of Dains

By |2018-03-14T22:33:02+00:00September 16th, 2014|Career development, STANDING OUT|

During the judging process for the upcoming British Accountancy Awards I spoke with fellow judge, Spencer Wright who is the Managing Partner of award winning accountancy firm, Dains. Later I mentioned my conviction that partners need to create a powerful professional impact so that they STAND OUT from the crowd. I asked Spencer what advice

Seven tips to develop your career in accountancy

By |2014-04-28T14:44:57+00:00April 28th, 2014|Career development|

This post is quite distinct from most of the others on this blog. Instead of focusing on accountants in practice, what follows is intended to help those accountants looking to develop their career. I am often asked for my advice in this connection so have gathered here some of my top tips and links. 1

How accounting has been changed by technology

By |2013-08-15T09:44:49+00:00August 15th, 2013|Career development, Useful links|

I was intrigued by this infographic and thought it was worth sharing. I recognise the picture of the modern accountant as I started in the profession just before accounting computer programmes were introduced to enhance our lives. The infographic starts with Pacioli in 1494 and comes right uptodate via the introduction of visicalc in 1978 and

What skills set does it take to be successful as an accountant or tax adviser?

By |2018-07-12T07:56:50+00:00June 13th, 2013|Career development, Key Business skills, STANDING OUT|

Some years ago I routinely highlighted the need to build and develop personal and business skills in addition to technical skills. It's all very well to understand accounting and tax rules and how to produce a set of accounts and tax returns, but ambitious accountants need a wider skills set if they want to be