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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.

The Amazon Effect: Unfair Judgement?

It’s hard not to notice the giant shadow cast by the likes of Amazon and other on-demand behemoths. These digital titans have recalibrated what “speedy service” means, and now, everyone, expects lightning-fast responses and Amazon Prime-level efficiency in all aspects of their lives, including their dealings with accountants. So, the million-dollar question (or perhaps, in our world, the million-dollar discrepancy): Are client expectations too high, or do we need to up our game?

Managing the Human Balance Sheet

Ah, accountants. The mere mention of the profession conjures images of bespectacled individuals hunched over calculators and spreadsheets, surrounded by towering stacks of paper tax returns. The layperson’s view of accountancy is often distilled into a series of stereotypes: number crunchers, tax wizards, or financial gatekeepers. But peel back the layers of ledgers and tax codes, and you’ll discover a role far more complex, interesting, and emotionally charged than its stereotype suggests.

Embracing Neurodiversity: The Superpower in Accountancy

In the intricate world of accountancy, where precision meets strategy, the revelation of being neurodiverse might initially seem like stepping into uncharted waters. However, this journey could very well unveil a spectrum of strengths, transforming perceived challenges into unparalleled advantages. Let’s dive into how neurodiversity, particularly within the autism spectrum, can morph into a formidable asset in accountancy, and how colleagues can foster an environment where everyone, neurodiverse or not, thrives in harmony.

Building Bridges or Burning Bright

“Why not dive back into the accountancy pool?” That first potential client call hits! Reality check. The mere thought of crunching numbers for compliance work sends shivers down your spine and a little bit of sick in the back of your throat.  

Accounting Influenzas: A New Pandemic?

The world of accounting isn’t just about crunching numbers and adhering to regulations; it’s also about influence, sharing knowledge, and shaping the industry’s future. This is a more prominent part of the job now with the number of social media channels and noise being generated.

So, how do you stand out from the crowd and be heard and seen? Do you need to and what benefit does it bring?

Psychology of Deadlines

As the tax season closes, accountants’ dust themselves down from the familiar rush of deadlines and client demands. It is a time of year marked by long hours and intense focus, but it also brings to light the significant physical and emotional challenges faced by professionals in this field.  

AI the Shortcut to Mediocrity

In an era where artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping landscapes, it’s worth pondering Malcolm Gladwell’s assertion in his book “Outliers” that mastery requires 10,000 hours of practice (that is almost 5 years if spending 40 hours a week on your chosen skill).

This raises a critical question: As AI tools increasingly handle tasks that once demanded intensive learning, are we, as a society, edging toward a future of mediocrity?

Debit or Credit?

There is a silent barrier impacting our day to day lives and we won’t solve it by ignoring it. If you read last weeks blog Equality Starts At Home you will know I am talking about gender inequality but this time we are going into the workplace.