Now is the time to invest in your staff

By |2008-10-02T07:41:26+01:00October 2nd, 2008|Career development|

I often receive calls from recruiters asking me if I know of anyone who might suit this vacancy or that opportunity.  In recent weeks I've been telling them that I'm aware of far more vacancies than potential candidates.  Few people are looking to move from one firm to another in the current economic climate. In

WikiJob – for ambitious accountants

By |2008-09-05T07:41:28+01:00September 5th, 2008|Career development|

I came across an intriguing website recently that is worth referencing on this blog. It will be of interest to ambitious accountants seeking a new job or who work in one of the larger firms.  One of the guys behind  WikiJob tells me that: We challenge large accountancy employers by offering their employees and prospective

Whose relationship is it anyway?

By |2008-04-18T08:28:33+01:00April 18th, 2008|Career development|

You've been instrumental in bringing a new client into the firm and you've looked after them well. Or, perhaps you weren't the finder, simply the minder of the relationship and the client thinks of you as their main contact at the firm. What happens when you leave to join another practice or to start up

How enthusiastic are you?

By |2008-04-14T07:13:27+01:00April 14th, 2008|Career development|

In January 2003 the ICAEW published a report "The Profitable and Sustainable Practice". You can still access it online and I recommend it as many of the points covered therein are as relevant today as they were 5 years ago. It was aimed particularly at small practices, which operate in the SME sector. Although it's

Become a rainmaker for your practice

By |2018-07-12T07:58:19+01:00February 19th, 2008|Business messaging and branding, Career development, Key Business skills|

The term 'rainmaker' means different things to different people. In professional service firms it tends to be used to refer to a partner who brings in lots of fees. In some firms the rainmaker has no other repsonsibilities. This is increasingly unusual however. In my role as the Accountants' Business Coach I have often used

Are you a cost or a benefit?

By |2008-01-04T10:42:10+00:00January 4th, 2008|Career development|

On his blog Dennis Howlett has been commenting on the suggestion made on another blog(!) that accountants cost money, they don’t make money. And that  "if your accountant is costing you more money than she is earning, saving, or generating, then either you have a rubbish accountant or you have difficulty tracking your costs and benefits. Of course,

Preparing for a coaching session

By |2007-10-30T08:07:09+00:00October 30th, 2007|Career development|

Following my recent post about preparing for meetings it seemed logical to set out some of the questions I ask coaching and mentoring candidates to consider before we start work. The precise questions will depend upon the issues that require attention. Sometimes these will have become apparent from a skills self audit On other occasions

Why is anyone Hired or Fired?

By |2007-09-26T08:00:55+01:00September 26th, 2007|Career development|

Years ago I was told that People are hired because they are liked and fired because they’re not! Whilst this maxim is no doubt true in many cases I think it does not reflect what really happens in many professional firms. That is that people get hired because of their perceived technical skills and knowledge.

You are better than you think you are

By |2007-08-01T13:08:00+01:00August 1st, 2007|Career development|

Ambitious professionals are not always confident and positive about the future. Just like everyone else they sometimes fear that they won't be able to achieve the targets set for them or that they have set for themselves. Most people suffer moments of indecision and self doubt every now and then. One of my functions as

Do you hope, pray or train?

By |2007-07-13T08:37:16+01:00July 13th, 2007|Career development, Mentoring|

It has been said that personal development in a professional environment is largely a matter of common sense. Employers will spend a fortune in an effort to ensure that ambitious professionals keep upto date with technical developments. But when it comes to maximising the professionals' potential to do their job, to progress and to get

Networking in a new firm

By |2007-04-23T16:28:24+01:00April 23rd, 2007|Career development|

It's a fact of life that ambitious professionals are often competing with each other when it comes to seeking promotion to partnership. There are invariably more managers and associates seeking progression to partnership than there are potential partnership roles in a firm. The better connected and respected one is the greater the prospect for advancement

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