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Mo Tech, Mo Problems

For the love of all that is good and holy, put the keyboard down and step away from the computer. The world does not need more software to solve the same problems that countless other solutions already address. One tiny feature that the others don’t have? Let someone else build it.

You’re not solving a problem the world needs solved. You’re just trying to get rich quick, and it’s not fooling anyone. The problem you want to solve is your own greed, and it’s time to call it out.

Gamification of Accountancy: Solving the Talent Crisis?

Accountancy and Fortnite—two realms that, at first glance, seem worlds apart. However, delve a little deeper, and you’ll find striking similarities between the two. Both are task-oriented, challenge-driven, and require strategic thinking and teamwork. Yet, while Fortnite captivates millions of players willing to invest both time and money, accountancy struggles to attract and retain young talent. This begs the question: what can the accountancy industry learn from the psychology behind Fortnite’s success? Could gamification be the key to making accountancy more appealing and closing the talent gap?

Embracing the Hard Way

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In sports, the mantra “no pain, no gain” is drilled into us by our coaches. They remind us that true progress requires hard work, perseverance, and sometimes a bit of suffering. This philosophy, however, seems to be losing its grip in our everyday lives and work environments. We are increasingly gravitating towards a future where the path of least resistance is the norm. But what do we lose when we avoid the hard way? Are we heading towards a sea of blandness, devoid of the lessons and resilience that only hard knocks can teach?

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work?

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The pressure to constantly hustle, grow, and scale up can feel overwhelming. There’s an unspoken (and sometimes very loudly spoken) belief that true success means having a big business with staff, offices, and a brand that everyone knows. But is that the only path to success?

We’ve all heard the African proverb “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” But does that resonate in today’s fast paced world. One where information, freelancers, the gig economy and AI are at your fingertips.

Bigger World, Narrower Viewpoints

In an era where the world is at our fingertips, it seems paradoxical that our perspectives are shrinking. The digital age has bestowed upon us unparalleled opportunities to connect, share, and explore. Yet, despite—or perhaps because of—these vast connections, we find ourselves ensconced in echo chambers, preaching to the converted and shouting into a vacuum. How did we get here?

The Power of Positive Experiences

The power of positive personal experiences cannot be overstated. Each interaction is an opportunity to impress, share, and care, thereby solidifying long-term relationships. Unlike automated pipelines that attempt to create cookie-cutter outcomes, human interactions are unique and nuanced, requiring a personal touch that machines, processes and procedures simply cannot replicate.

Farewell, Jurgen: A tribute to Klopp

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When the news broke that Jurgen Klopp was leaving Liverpool FC, it sent shockwaves through the football world. Not just because of his incredible success in terms of trophies, but because Klopp was more than just a manager – he was/is a phenomenon. Klopp’s departure marks the end of an era characterised not just by a haul of trophies, but by a profound emotional connection with the fans, players, and the broader football community. For Liverpudlians, it wasn’t just about the victories—it was about how Klopp made everyone feel.

The Rise and Fall of Social Media Accountants

The landscape of the accountancy industry is undergoing a significant transformation. The rise of social media and platforms like YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram has given birth to a new breed of accountants who leverage their online presence to build their practices quickly. These accountants become influencers, attracting clients and talent through engaging content and the allure of a glamorous lifestyle. However, this phenomenon comes with a dark side, as burnout, disillusionment, and the subsequent sale of practices are becoming increasingly common.

Fatherhood v Entrepreneurship: The Tightrope

My background was far from privileged. Raised on a council estate, I wasn’t born into a family of professionals—there were no accountants, business owners, or college graduates before me. Every achievement I’ve earned was a pioneering moment for our family, accompanied by a significant burden of expectations, most of which were self-imposed.

Where did the good accountants go?

Throughout my two decades in accounting, I’ve collaborated with over a thousand finance and accounting professionals. Like sprawling cities, they had their highlights, but everywhere has it’s bad bits..

What stands clear to me is that no one dives into accounting aiming to perform poorly. Each person starts with a genuine commitment to their role. However, various factors can skew this dedication over time.