On Wednesday August 1st I had the privilege of delivering the guest address at the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA ANZ) New Member certificate presentation & merit award recipient presentation. The night also held special significance for me personally as I was presented with my CA ANZ Fellowship Certificate.
Being advanced to Fellowship of CA ANZ has been a humbling experience as it recognises the contribution I have made to CA ANZ and the entire accounting profession since being admitted as a Chartered Accountant in Oct 2007.
In May 2014 after the Xero roadshow, I wrote a blog that challenged Xero to take responsibility for the disruption it was bringing to the industry (for the better). Little did I know that this blog would start a chain reaction of proportions I could never have imagined.
I had spent the better part of five years writing about industry change, and the issues facing small businesses. I’d shared my thoughts on panels at Xerocon and at roadshows, played in the Xero All Stars band and worked closely with the Xero team to help the platform better serve accountants, bookkeepers and small businesses. Continue reading “From the Xero band to the budget roundtable; A review of my time as Xero’s Head of Accounting”
As noted in my last post I have number of speaking commitments coming up over the next couple of months, so I’ve spent a lot of time recently reflecting on the role of a CFO and, indeed, the wider accounting profession.
During my presentations and panel discussions, I’ll be speaking to audiences from across the APAC accounting community about the tech trends that are going to shape the future of the industry.
These sessions will take a deep dive into the topics of: Continue reading “The rise of the agile accountant”
For reasons unknown to me I’d disappeared off the speaking circuit BUT the drought has been broken & I’m speaking at 5 premier accounting events over 3 weeks! I’m pumped!
All sessions really deep diving into the tech trends that we as accountants need to be taking notice of!
If you are at one of these events be sure to come up & say hi !
March 22nd – Sydney CFO Symposium, 11am http://ow.ly/Njec30iEZwy
March 22nd – Accounting Business Expo (Syd), 1:30pm http://ow.ly/rHEE30iEZyd
March 26th – Count Annual Conf’ (Vietnam), 1:25pm
April 9th – CA ANZ Accounting Conf’ (Syd), 9am http://ow.ly/7m3Q30iEZCO
April 11th – Adelaide CFO Symposium, 11:30am http://ow.ly/e0N130iEZJ7
Late last year I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Danetha Doe on her Future of Accounting Podcast. Its a great website for young and old finance professionals to check out ! https://www.brandingforaccountants.com/blog/episode-23-keeping-up-with-innovation-as-an-accountant
Focus of the podcast was on the innovation occurring in the industry and unlike many of my other articles and interviews it focused more on my personal journey as an accountant, something which I rarely speak about (because frankly, everyone has a story and mine is nothing special !)
Check it out here !
Here is what Danetha wrote on her site about the Podcast ! Continue reading “Future of Accounting Podcast with Danetha Doe”
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Millennials are often portrayed in the media as entitled, frequent job switchers and interested primarily in monetary gain. But the reality doesn’t quite match up.
The next generation of accountants want to be exactly that. Accountants.
They studied accounting because it interests them, not because it is a stable career they can fall back on if ‘Plan A’ fails. They’re also not afraid to call themselves accountants. In fact they relish breaking the stereotype of a boring accountant.
They do however expect something from their employers that previous generations didn’t ask for. They want to be engaged. They want to use their minds to solve problems for clients. They want to challenge themselves on complex tasks or projects.
Millennials want to use technology. You won’t keep an accounting graduate for long if they are set to work coding and posting bank statements – which was my first task on my first day of work sixteen years ago. Even the date is etched on my mind – there I was, on 29 January 2001, coding and posting a quarter’s worth of bank statements. I fell asleep and woke to my head hitting the desk. I thought there had to be a better way and set out to find it. Continue reading “What the next generation of accountants really wants”
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Sometimes you find it’s the simple systems that work the best. Back in the day, manual ledgers were the accounting hero for most SMEs. The retro green ledger book, ruled up and reconciled each period, may have been labour intensive, but it worked, pure and simple.
More importantly, the regularity of the work allowed accountants to spot trends within their clients’ data, and to keep track of potential future problems, not to mention the kudos they received for translating green ledger book balances into a GL system, preparing P&Ls and balance sheets, and spending time with their client.
Not only demonstrating their value as accountants, they were performing an advisory service.