Lessons in loving your accountant

Posted by: on May 23, 2018 in Accounting Innovation | No Comments
Lessons in loving your accountant

It’s been a while since we’ve chatted but whilst we’ve been offline rejuvenating finance teams, one thing that has not changed is that as a function we are still not loved in finance as much as we should be. We’ve talked in previous posts about making a great first impression: Smile, make eye contact, be engaging. But first impressions can also quickly lose their impact, especially when there's no substance beneath the veneer.

Finance business partnering update

Posted by: on Jan 12, 2016 in Business Partnering | No Comments
Finance business partnering update

An update on the views of finance business partners around the globe from the latest annual conference on financial business partnering. It highlights how some partners have overcome some of the challenges discussed in previous events.

Light bulb moment

Posted by: on Sep 16, 2015 in Financial literacy | No Comments
Light bulb moment

We recently have experienced a light bulb moment at Wise up Now and I will reveal all later. It resulted from a recent visit to the doctor with my young son during which the doctor talked to my son in a complex medical foreign language for a kid e.g. bowel movement instead of poo and lower abdomen instead of tummy. It then got me thinking that finance people have communicated this way for years using language in reports that nobody else understands with the inevitable outcome of financially illiterate management teams.

The Science of influence – pt. 2

Posted by: on Apr 13, 2015 in Business Partnering | No Comments
The Science of influence – pt. 2

In the last blog I was talking about how people with influence have traits and skills that can be learned. I focused on the work of Robert Cialdini who has done much of the recent research in the area and related his work to the world of finance. This time I am going to look at how we can show influence can also be achieved through: Social proof, Liking & Authority

The Science of Influence

Posted by: on Feb 11, 2015 in Business Partnering | One Comment
The Science of Influence

I was recently doing some work with some very senior sales directors and was struck by the level of investment they make to ensure their teams have maximum impact. It got me thinking that if finance directors adopted a similar attitude the perception many people have of finance would be very different.

How did the story end?

Posted by: on Feb 3, 2015 in Business Partnering | No Comments
How did the story end?

Well we’re now into February 2015 and just a quick reminder that once upon a time there was a New Year’s Eve resolution. It had so much potential to change the world. But there was this nagging doubt, would it live long enough to succeed? What needs to happen so that a resolution has a long life and live ‘happily ever after’?

Thoughts for the year ahead

Posted by: on Jan 5, 2015 in Business Partnering | No Comments
Thoughts for the year ahead

Over the festive season I suspect that many of us have turned our thoughts to others. I’m sure that much of December involved you thinking: What do they want?, What could we give them?, How can we make this time special for them?, Who else could we include in some way?

The Price of Fish

Posted by: on Oct 13, 2014 in Business Partnering | One Comment
The Price of Fish

I recently was lucky to combine some work and pleasure on the north east coast of the USA indulging in my favourite food, lobster. As a result of me paying quite different prices for essentially the same size of lobster it got me thinking on how one goes about working out the price of something – sad I know! In the last blog talked about how if we are to survive as accountants it is important that we can become more relevant to overall business decision making. One such area that would be helping the marketing function in their pricing decisions.

The death of the traditional accountant

Posted by: on Dec 13, 2013 in Business Partnering | One Comment
The death of the traditional accountant

If you work in a large multi national organization such as Unilever, GSK, Barclays etc. you may have been aware for some time that the role of accountants in business is experiencing significant changes. Academic journals have been reporting for some time the evolution of accounting moving its transactional traditional activies (financial reporting, month-end etc) to shared service centres and in some cases it is outsourced.

Finance Business Partnering

Posted by: on Dec 12, 2013 in Business Partnering | 4 Comments
Finance Business Partnering

The finance business partner seems to be the “new black” in the context of accounting roles with job sites increasingly requiring such skills. I have experience of working with companies with well developed finance business partnering competencies and am also currently writing a book on the subject. This article looks at what really is happening in the world of the finance business partner.