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Technology, Outsourcing and the Future of our Young Accountants

There’s no doubt that technology and outsourcing are both having a significant impact on the way that financial data is collected, processed, analysed and delivered to clients. Larger accounting...

The struggle for accountability

As I have conversations with, and work with firms a constant theme is frustration with accountability. People unwilling to be accountable and others being unwilling to hold people accountable....

Is your firm future fit?

Managing legal and regulatory change, the challenges of rising client expectations and mounting fee pressure has become a way of life for tax and accounting professionals.

The right software can...

The Art Of Less In Business

We live in a culture obsessed with growth and power.

We’ve all adopted it as normal and will do almost anything to chase it, regardless of the costs, both personal and...

Why Technology Needs A Human Face

Public practice accounting is similar to most other industries that are starting to feel the real impact of technology on the way in which we manage our work, our...

M&A – Key risks with client transition in small purchases

When buying (and selling) client fees, it’s clearly in the best interests of both parties to make the transition as gentle as possible for the clients involved in the...

Taking redundancy one step at a time

One of the most common questions we receive from employers here at Workforce Guardian is: ‘how much redundancy pay do I need to give to my departing employee?‘.

While this might...

High Tech with a Soft Touch – Client and Team Engagement

The so-called ‘digital disruption’ is leading to significant changes in the way that the leaders of accounting firms manage their work, their people and their clients.  Cloud accounting, bank...

Building a great place to work

Culture is the glue that holds a complex organisation together. It’s your firm’s DNA.

In the Great Managers® Program, we say culture is everything we think, everything we say,...

Walk A Mile In Your Clients Shoes

I’ve worked with hundreds of accounting firms over the past 15 years and I’ve heard thousands of complaints about “unco-operative” clients.

How many times have we all heard “this client...

The Top 5 HR Mistakes – IPA Webinar

Workforce Guardian’s latest video: The Top 5 HR Mistakes

David Bates, MD, Workforce Guardian. Ph 1300 659 563

The Secret to Increasing Profitability in your Practice

The research shows that more than 70% of employees are not engaged at work. This is costing your firm BIG TIME. The research is also clear that no-one affects...

5 reasons why you’re wasting time in your meetings

For many of us, working life seems like an endless sequence of meetings, some effective but many of dubious benefit. In a recent survey reported in Industry Week, 2000...

More Common Misconceptions on Accounting Practice Ownership Changes

This continues an article published in a last month’s ebulletin.  Here are more misconceptions I hear accounting proprietors say about accounting practice sales, especially regarding prices for Goodwill.

Misconception Number...

The Top 10 Strategies for Accounting Practice Leadership

One of the most important qualities of a great leader of an accounting practice is the ability to get along with people, to show passion, be compassionate and to...

Workplace bullying can be a minefield, what can employers do to mitigate the risks

The subject of workplace bullying can be a minefield, as the recent case of an employee who ‘unfriended’ a colleague on Facebook shows. So what can employers do to...

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