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Coaching for accountants

Success in any finance role is underpinned by a great mix of skills and experience. Coaching for accountants is a fantastic way to develop yourself as a successful finance professional. When might you consider working with a coach?  #1 You are taking on a new role When you step in to a new role you […]

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Seven lasting benefits of working with a coach

I want to talk about the lasting benefits of working with a coach. Often people think of coaching as a remedy to fix a problem and yes, this can be true. There are lasting benefits though.  Coaching is a way of working towards being the best you that you can be. So, whatever work you […]

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Accountancy and Coaching… Who Knew?!

I am working in an accountancy practice after a gap of 19 years. I also work as a leadership coach and I find the combination of accountancy and coaching really interesting. Here’s why. Technology and communication The impact and changes that have been driven by technology and improved communication are amazing. Clients use technology in […]

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Executing Strategy – “we need to keep it simple, but not too simple”

When it comes to executing strategy it is helpful to remember Einstein’s quote: “We need to make things simple, but not too simple.” There are two things I believe are essential to success in executing strategy: great communication and learning. The strategy for your organisation is your best guess at what will work to achieve […]

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Three big reasons why you should bother with strategic planning

When was the last time you heard someone say ‘I am going to a strategic planning meeting’ with enthusiasm? Yep, I struggled to answer that one too. In todays busy fast paced, ever changing world it is easy to think that spending time planning anything, let alone strategy, is just a waste of time. After […]

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7 reasons why trust is critical to team success

Success depends on good teamwork. However you define success in your organisation, it is likely that achieving it needs more than one person to do the work. People work better together when they trust one another.  Here are 7 reasons why trust is critical to teamwork and success. #1 Focus is on the work When […]

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Mediation… Its more human!

I became a mediator because the human oriented approach to resolving conflict and disputes really felt right. People and relationships are very important to me in everything I do.  So let’s explore the human aspects that underpin mediation. Almost 2000 years ago Marcus Aurelius wrote: Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything […]

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GDPR and charities – a people perspective

There is less than a month to go before GDPR comes into force on 25th May 2018. Like many people, I have been working on this and thought it would be helpful to share a few thoughts. I take a people focussed perspective as ultimately we each have a responsibility to do the right things under […]

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The role of the trustee ~ some practical thoughts

The role of the trustee in a charity is a foundation that must be very solid and reliable. Trustees are legally responsible for effective management and administration of a charity.  Trustees and executives of a charity must work to create clarity over how they work together to achieve the charity’s purpose. In this article I […]

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Change and Charitable Purpose

Change is something that affects our lives and organisations pretty much constantly. In this article I suggest a way to explore the impact it can have on your charity. Every charity has purpose: the reason it exists and what it strives to achieve.  When did you last review your charitable purpose and how change affects […]

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Thinking about Trust…

The formula I use to explore how organisations can improve their results is: (strategy x execution)trust = results. From the book ‘The Speed of Trust’ by Stephen M. R. Covey.

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Creating a Strong Finance Function

A strong finance function is a great asset in any organisation irrespective of size. So what does this look like?

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Creating an effective trustee board

How do you become and develop as an effective board? The Charity Governance Code principle 5 gives us a definition to work with and states ‘The board works as an effec…

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