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CA(SA) – Know what to avoid before you start – FNB.

CA(SA) – Know what to avoid before you start – FNB.

Yip. I’m up to my tricks again. If you read my last article about Web Africa you will know ...
CA(SA)* – Know what to avoid before you start – Webafrica

CA(SA)* – Know what to avoid before you start – Webafrica

A few years ago I attended a seminar at Deloitte. It was about the future of advertising. It was a ...
CA(SA)* – WORK/LIFE BALANCE REVISITED.

CA(SA)* – WORK/LIFE BALANCE REVISITED.

You probably know what I think of work/life balance. It’s nonsense. It’s just not part ...
CA(SA)* – GIGANOMICS – the state of the universe, 2020!

CA(SA)* – GIGANOMICS – the state of the universe, 2020!

How is this for a staggering statistic: the USA predicts that 40% of the workforce will be ‘ ...
CA(SA)* – Some Surprising Stats On What Is Popular On LinkedIn

CA(SA)* – Some Surprising Stats On What Is Popular On LinkedIn

Somehow a list of possible #tag topics appeared on my screen – I must have inadvertently set ...
CA(SA)* – 5 THINGS NEVER TO SAY TO YOUR BOSS!

CA(SA)* – 5 THINGS NEVER TO SAY TO YOUR BOSS!

*Includes CA(Z) and CA(NAM). Your attitude on the work place is paramount. And, your choice of ...
CA(SA) – DON’T KID YOURSELF – If you are not getting ahead in your job YOU’RE DOING SOMETHING WRONG!

CA(SA) – DON’T KID YOURSELF – If you are not getting ahead in your job YOU’RE DOING SOMETHING WRONG!

So, you’ve plugged along giving to your best – long hours, always agreeable, nice and ...
CA(SA) – LET US NOT FORGET THE POOR.

CA(SA) – LET US NOT FORGET THE POOR.

The news at the moment is decidedly worrying. Probably the one issue that concerns me the most is ...
CA(SA) – “I don’t get involved in politics in the work place.” FAMOUS LAST WORDS!

CA(SA) – “I don’t get involved in politics in the work place.” FAMOUS LAST WORDS!

Clients often say to me that they prefer to just “stay out of the politics” – ...
CA(SA) – WHAT ARE YOU PRETENDING NOT TO KNOW?

CA(SA) – WHAT ARE YOU PRETENDING NOT TO KNOW?

Being in the career advisory space, I often encounter clients who are appear (especially to ...
The RESPONSIBILITY EPIPHANY – The Window to True Power

The RESPONSIBILITY EPIPHANY – The Window to True Power

Coaching is becoming more and more of a topical issue. I often get asked what the difference is ...
CA(SA) – Artificial Intelligence (AI) And Your CV.

CA(SA) – Artificial Intelligence (AI) And Your CV.

Let’s face it, artificial intelligence is coming at us like a tsunami! If you don’t quite know ...
CA(SA) – REAL SUCCESS IS OFTEN HIDDEN AWAY!

CA(SA) – REAL SUCCESS IS OFTEN HIDDEN AWAY!

Considering the stuff that really creates success, it is actually a lot more simple than you might ...
WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE CA(SA) BRAND?

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE CA(SA) BRAND?

Any of you who know me know how passionate I am about the CA(SA) brand. As far as I’m concerned, ...
CA(SA) – IF YOU ARE NOT AIMING HIGH, NOBODY WILL TO DO IT FOR YOU!

CA(SA) – IF YOU ARE NOT AIMING HIGH, NOBODY WILL TO DO IT FOR YOU!

Reach for the stars! A cliche associated will every glitzy and trashed-up success story. But ...
CA(SA) – DEPRESSION! The Career Killer

CA(SA) – DEPRESSION! The Career Killer

Depression! A cunning and devastating illness. A surprising number of people suffer from its ...
CA(SA) – WORK/LIFE BALANCE? Either way it’s 101%!

CA(SA) – WORK/LIFE BALANCE? Either way it’s 101%!

I often read with amusement the ideas of the proponents of work-life balance (WLB). My view is ...
YOU JUST MIGHT BE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PERSON IN THE ROOM!

YOU JUST MIGHT BE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PERSON IN THE ROOM!

This might just be your story . . . . . . Read on! In my business I have the privilege of coaching ...
EXECUTIVE MUSCLE – The Toxic Boss WILL Affect You. Here’s How To Deal With It!

EXECUTIVE MUSCLE – The Toxic Boss WILL Affect You. Here’s How To Deal With It!

A client recently took my course on Executive Presence. He was struggling with his confidence ...
EXECUTIVE MUSCLE – If Your Career Has Stagnated, Here Are Some Good Reasons Why.

EXECUTIVE MUSCLE – If Your Career Has Stagnated, Here Are Some Good Reasons Why.

Don’t you often find that you are asking yourself the question “I’m a qualified ...
CA(SA) – IGNORE BLOCKCHAIN AND CRYPTO’S AT YOUR PERIL!

CA(SA) – IGNORE BLOCKCHAIN AND CRYPTO’S AT YOUR PERIL!

You’ve probably irritated by the media-attention that cryptocurrencies have been receiving over ...
BEWARE, THE CARE-LESS SUPPLIERS!

BEWARE, THE CARE-LESS SUPPLIERS!

As I write I think maybe I’ve lost my mind. It seems so logical but the expectation is ...
CA(SA) – THE CORPORATE GAME PLAY AT ITS VERY WORST!

CA(SA) – THE CORPORATE GAME PLAY AT ITS VERY WORST!

Being an executive of many years standing and a CA(SA) at that, I submit that I am a fairly good ...
CA(SA) – JUST BE YOURSELF! THERE IS NOTHING MORE VALUABLE!

CA(SA) – JUST BE YOURSELF! THERE IS NOTHING MORE VALUABLE!

Being in an executive coach is a great honour. I deal a lot with emerging executives and it is a ...
CA(SA) – STRESS AND THE MAGIC OF BREATH

CA(SA) – STRESS AND THE MAGIC OF BREATH

We’ve all heard the stuff about stress and health. I for one find the whole thing more ...
CA(SA) – THE EXECUTIVE PLAY CALLED THE “OX-BOW EFFECT”. WHAT, HOW AND WHEN

CA(SA) – THE EXECUTIVE PLAY CALLED THE “OX-BOW EFFECT”. WHAT, HOW AND WHEN

The corporate space intrigues me. I spent many years observing its dynamics and being trained into ...
CA(SA) – TREATING EMPLOYEES LIKE CUSTOMERS IS ABOUT AS ALIEN AS THE MARTIANS!

CA(SA) – TREATING EMPLOYEES LIKE CUSTOMERS IS ABOUT AS ALIEN AS THE MARTIANS!

Talk to me about a world where employees will to be treated like customers and you would be ...
CA(SA) – IF YOU ARE FEELING STUCK AND DISEMPOWERED, YOU’RE PROBABLY WORKING FOR A NARCISSIST!

CA(SA) – IF YOU ARE FEELING STUCK AND DISEMPOWERED, YOU’RE PROBABLY WORKING FOR A NARCISSIST!

“If you want to jump off the porch and run with the big dogs, you better learn to move in ...
STEINHOFF – THE TIPPING POINT.

STEINHOFF – THE TIPPING POINT.

A lot is being said about the implosion of the international Steinhoff empire. Is it not ironical ...
CA(SA) – WHEN IT COMES TO PERSONAL BRANDING, BE RELIABLE!

CA(SA) – WHEN IT COMES TO PERSONAL BRANDING, BE RELIABLE!

When it comes to personal branding, time keeping could be one of the most critical components.&# ...
CA(SA) – TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR OWN BRANDING AND USE LINKEDIN AS A POWERFUL MARKETING PLATFORM.

CA(SA) – TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR OWN BRANDING AND USE LINKEDIN AS A POWERFUL MARKETING PLATFORM.

The more I use the LinkedIn social media platform, the more I’m understanding it’s ...
THE EXECUTIVE POST-HOLIDAY BLUES

THE EXECUTIVE POST-HOLIDAY BLUES

The post-holiday blues. Definition: That dread-feeling that you get when you wake up in the ...
CA(SA) – A CHANGING WORLD PERSONIFIED IN THE ANTHEM OF THE LATE SEVENTIES

CA(SA) – A CHANGING WORLD PERSONIFIED IN THE ANTHEM OF THE LATE SEVENTIES

Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive (Saturday Night Fever) – check this out: BEE GEES I ...
KPMG AND FINANCIAL REPORTING COUNCIL UNABLE TO EXPLAIN THEMSELVES.

KPMG AND FINANCIAL REPORTING COUNCIL UNABLE TO EXPLAIN THEMSELVES.

The following article was published in the UK press on 1 December 2017. “HBOS AUDIT ...
CA(SA) – COACH/MENTOR? WHO CARES ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE – JUST GET ON WITH IT!

CA(SA) – COACH/MENTOR? WHO CARES ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE – JUST GET ON WITH IT!

The ongoing debate about the difference between a coach and a mentor is boring me. Just get on ...
CA(SA) – TAKE THE CA(SA) BRAND SERIOUSLY – IT’S WORLD CLASS!

CA(SA) – TAKE THE CA(SA) BRAND SERIOUSLY – IT’S WORLD CLASS!

Finding good financial people is a world-wide issue. To find young graduates who take deadlines ...
CA(SA) – THE ETHICS TEMPERATURE GUAGE – THE REAL HORROR OF THE KPMG SAGA.

CA(SA) – THE ETHICS TEMPERATURE GUAGE – THE REAL HORROR OF THE KPMG SAGA.

I don’t know about you but this KPMG issue is really worrying. Originally I thought that the ...
CA(SA) – IGNORE THE POWER OF LINKEDIN AT YOUR PERIL!

CA(SA) – IGNORE THE POWER OF LINKEDIN AT YOUR PERIL!

The more I use the LinkedIn social media platform, the more I’m understanding it’s ...
CA(SA) – FRAUD! ENSURE THAT YOUR EMPLOYEE FIDELITY INSURANCE COVER IS UP-TO-DATE.

CA(SA) – FRAUD! ENSURE THAT YOUR EMPLOYEE FIDELITY INSURANCE COVER IS UP-TO-DATE.

Whether we like it or not the general consensus is that the economic outlook for the rest of 2017 ...
CA(SA) – IF YOU ARE A MILLENNIAL, READ ABOUT YOURSELF!

CA(SA) – IF YOU ARE A MILLENNIAL, READ ABOUT YOURSELF!

A lot is being said about Millennials, some good and some not so good. Millennials are accused of ...
CA(SA) – TIME-KEEPING IS ONE PART OF YOUR PERSONAL BRAND THAT YOU NEED TO GUARD DILIGENTLY.

CA(SA) – TIME-KEEPING IS ONE PART OF YOUR PERSONAL BRAND THAT YOU NEED TO GUARD DILIGENTLY.

As CAs(SA), we are expected to be precise and accurate. Part of our brand is about attention to ...
You have 5 years’ worth of CA(SA) post-qualification experience – so why does the big time still elude you?

You have 5 years’ worth of CA(SA) post-qualification experience – so why does the big time still elude you?

As a CA(SA), you have an eye for detail, you understand the importance of delivering quality work ...
CA(SA) -THE DEATH SENTENCE – Over Promise & Under Deliver.

CA(SA) -THE DEATH SENTENCE – Over Promise & Under Deliver.

There can be no more frustrating experience than when a person you are relying on fails to deliver ...
CA(SA) – IS THE GREATEST DISRUPTER OF ALL TIME IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER?

CA(SA) – IS THE GREATEST DISRUPTER OF ALL TIME IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER?

There have been some surprisingly shocking revelations made recently. The scientific world went ...
CA(SA) – BE AWARE – THE 4 CRITICAL CONSEQUENCES OF POOR TIME-KEEPING.

CA(SA) – BE AWARE – THE 4 CRITICAL CONSEQUENCES OF POOR TIME-KEEPING.

When it comes to personal branding, time keeping could be one of the most critical components.&# ...
CA(SA) – Self-Discipline!

CA(SA) – Self-Discipline!

I don’t know about you, but discipline has always been a dirty word to me. Somehow when I ...
CA(SA) – LEAVING THE NEST – venturing out of the auditing profession. important things to remember.

CA(SA) – LEAVING THE NEST – venturing out of the auditing profession. important things to remember.

Every budding CA has to, at one time or another, face the prospect of taking the bold step of ...
CA(SA) – ARE YOU A CFO OR A FD? Is it your call or is something deeper at work here?

CA(SA) – ARE YOU A CFO OR A FD? Is it your call or is something deeper at work here?

I was asked an interesting question recently: is there a difference between a CFO (Chief Financial ...
CA(SA) – YOUR PERSONAL BRAND – Are You Coca-Cola Or Brown-Stuff, Sugar & Water?

CA(SA) – YOUR PERSONAL BRAND – Are You Coca-Cola Or Brown-Stuff, Sugar & Water?

As you probably know by now, I am a great proponent of the CA(SA) brand. One of the most impactful ...
CA(SA) – WONDER WOMAN! Success is Failure Turned Inside Out.

CA(SA) – WONDER WOMAN! Success is Failure Turned Inside Out.

Considering the stuff that really creates success, it is actually a lot more simple than you might ...
CA(SA) – CALL YOURSELF OUT ON YOUR ‘AVOIDANCE DRAMA’.

CA(SA) – CALL YOURSELF OUT ON YOUR ‘AVOIDANCE DRAMA’.

Being in the career advisory space I often encounter clients who are stuck – they just don& ...
EXECUTIVE MUSCLE – How to start out as a newly qualified CA(SA) without getting munched!

EXECUTIVE MUSCLE – How to start out as a newly qualified CA(SA) without getting munched!

Don’t you often find that you are asking yourself the question “I’m a qualified ...
CA(SA) – Losing Sight Of The Bigger Picture Will Leave You With Egg On Your Face.

CA(SA) – Losing Sight Of The Bigger Picture Will Leave You With Egg On Your Face.

Accuracy? Financial accuracy? Balancing to the last cent? Is this not fundamental to the idea of ...
CA(SA) – Do Your Homework Before Joining An Unlisted Company – YOU JUST MIGHT BE WALKING INTO A TRAP!

CA(SA) – Do Your Homework Before Joining An Unlisted Company – YOU JUST MIGHT BE WALKING INTO A TRAP!

Read this and contemplate. That recruitment agent that never got back to you, contacts you out of ...
CA(SA) – OPEN UP TO YOUR INNER SELF AND SET YOURSELF FREE.

CA(SA) – OPEN UP TO YOUR INNER SELF AND SET YOURSELF FREE.

Willingness is a wonderful idea. It is a concept of inner freedom. It’s about letting go of all ...
CA(SA) – BLOCKCHAIN – Currently Creating The Greatest Kodak Moment Of All Time!

CA(SA) – BLOCKCHAIN – Currently Creating The Greatest Kodak Moment Of All Time!

As you probably know I hate call centres, especially when backed by a team of badly trained staff ...
CA(SA) – AT A HEART-FELT LEVEL, WE SOUTH AFRICANS, ARE REALLY CONNECTED (if we choose it to be so!).

CA(SA) – AT A HEART-FELT LEVEL, WE SOUTH AFRICANS, ARE REALLY CONNECTED (if we choose it to be so!).

I had an abrupt wake up call yesterday whilst coaching a young, surprisingly energised young CA. I ...
CA(SA) – THE FUTURE IS CREATED IN THE PRESENT MOMENT.

CA(SA) – THE FUTURE IS CREATED IN THE PRESENT MOMENT.

There is some profound empirical evidence thoughts have an uncanny power. It seems that what you ...
POUNDS, SHILLINGS AND PENCE – Think This Way And You Are a Bowl-Out!

POUNDS, SHILLINGS AND PENCE – Think This Way And You Are a Bowl-Out!

Accuracy? Financial accuracy? Balancing to the last cent? Is this not fundamental to the idea of ...
CA(SA) – 10 DO’s and DON’T’s When Grooming Your Executive Presence.

CA(SA) – 10 DO’s and DON’T’s When Grooming Your Executive Presence.

Just because you have an executive title does not mean that you are an executive. You judge. Just ...
CA(SA) – IT’S ALL ABOUT ATTITUDE AND WILLINGNESS SAYS IT ALL!

CA(SA) – IT’S ALL ABOUT ATTITUDE AND WILLINGNESS SAYS IT ALL!

Willingness is a wonderful idea. It is a concept of inner freedom. It’s about letting go of all ...
CA(SA) – ARE YOU “MAKING IT”?

CA(SA) – ARE YOU “MAKING IT”?

Don’t you often find that you are asking yourself the question “I’m a qualified ...
CA(SA) – DISRUPTION? How does that fit into the Grand Scheme?

CA(SA) – DISRUPTION? How does that fit into the Grand Scheme?

The tsunami-type advancement of the internet is a very real issue facing our profession. Experts ...
CA(SA) – FROM BUST TO BOOM – reframing the past

CA(SA) – FROM BUST TO BOOM – reframing the past

It never ceases to amaze me just how people tie themselves up in knots and agonise about things ...
CA(SA) – The African Vision?

CA(SA) – The African Vision?

Africa. Sleeping giant or wakeful disaster area? There has been much speculation about this ...
CA(SA) – Are You An I-I-ME-ME-Type Character?

CA(SA) – Are You An I-I-ME-ME-Type Character?

There is no doubt that the worst kind of personality to work for is a self-serving, unfeeling, ...
IF I AM NOT MY DRAMA THEN WHO AM I?

IF I AM NOT MY DRAMA THEN WHO AM I?

In my humble view, the journey of self-discovery, is one of the main objectives of being alive. ...
CA(SA) – Your Introverted Self Might be a Sign of Something Much Deeper At Work

CA(SA) – Your Introverted Self Might be a Sign of Something Much Deeper At Work

I’ve said this many times and you will hear it from me again and again – the honour ...
CA(SA) – TO GET COACHED OR NOT TO GET COACHED – THAT IS THE QUESTION.

CA(SA) – TO GET COACHED OR NOT TO GET COACHED – THAT IS THE QUESTION.

In the not too distant past, when someone mentioned the word ‘coach’, it usually ...
CA(SA) – TAX MATTERS! How to become an expert in 3 easy steps.

CA(SA) – TAX MATTERS! How to become an expert in 3 easy steps.

As a CA(SA) tax does form part of ones basket of goodies. The thing is that one does not have to ...
CA(SA) – THE DUMB-DUMB Negotiation Technique

CA(SA) – THE DUMB-DUMB Negotiation Technique

I once worked for an extremely successful entrepreneur. He ran a flooring company which did ...
CA(SA) – BEWARE! Is Joining A Family Business A Box Of Spiders Or A Sustainable Career Opportunity?

CA(SA) – BEWARE! Is Joining A Family Business A Box Of Spiders Or A Sustainable Career Opportunity?

In your wanderings, you might come across a wonderful opportunity. That recruitment agent that ...
ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 – The ‘Wins’ that numb you and set you up to fail.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 – The ‘Wins’ that numb you and set you up to fail.

As an entrepreneur, you will have successes. It’s nice and it’s rewarding and it feels ...
CA(SA) – THE ART OF NEGOTIATION – The Good Cop/Bad Cop Tactic.

CA(SA) – THE ART OF NEGOTIATION – The Good Cop/Bad Cop Tactic.

The art of negotiation has always fascinated me. It is a skill and it can be learned. In an ...
CA(SA) – GET READY FOR BLOCKCHAIN!

CA(SA) – GET READY FOR BLOCKCHAIN!

Blockchain. Sounds like a plumbing device. But Blockchain is now ready for the world! Picture a ...
PREPARE TO RIDE THE WAVE – 2017 and beyond.

PREPARE TO RIDE THE WAVE – 2017 and beyond.

I just love the picture above. There is something so daringly exciting about this tiny human ...
EXECUTIVE MASTERY – A PRACTICAL EXAMPLE.

EXECUTIVE MASTERY – A PRACTICAL EXAMPLE.

As mentioned many times before, I meet wonderful and exciting people every day. Today was a ...
CA(SA) – Don’t Forget To Build In The Wealth-Creating Opportunities Into Your Package.

CA(SA) – Don’t Forget To Build In The Wealth-Creating Opportunities Into Your Package.

Here is a story that you will find interesting, if not a little scary. It’s about a client ...
CA(SA) – SHOULD YOU LEAVE SOUTH AFRICA IN SEARCH OF GREENER PASTURES?

CA(SA) – SHOULD YOU LEAVE SOUTH AFRICA IN SEARCH OF GREENER PASTURES?

The issue of emigration has been on the table for many years now. Pre- and post- Apartheid ...
CA(SA) – THE COACH AND YOU – Where’s The Value? Is It Not Just A Psychologist In Sheep’s Clothing?

CA(SA) – THE COACH AND YOU – Where’s The Value? Is It Not Just A Psychologist In Sheep’s Clothing?

I often find myself delving into matters with my clients that are possibly more suited to ...
CA(SA) – RETRENCHMENT! – This is how you deal with it.

CA(SA) – RETRENCHMENT! – This is how you deal with it.

Just look at the stats and you will see that, these days, retrenchment is about as common as the ...
BAD MANNERS ARE NEVER ACCEPTABLE – Are You Working With A Boss Who Is Rude And Abusive?

BAD MANNERS ARE NEVER ACCEPTABLE – Are You Working With A Boss Who Is Rude And Abusive?

A client recently took my course on Executive Presence. He was struggling with his confidence ...
CA(SA) – The myth of KPI’s (key performance indicators) – rather go for a VALUE-ADD mentality?

CA(SA) – The myth of KPI’s (key performance indicators) – rather go for a VALUE-ADD mentality?

Monitoring subordinates performance is important – in fact it’s essential. I mean, we ...
CA(SA) – INTENTION AND OUTCOME – Is there a direct correlation?

CA(SA) – INTENTION AND OUTCOME – Is there a direct correlation?

Stimulated by a comment made by one of my client’s yesterday, I took some time off to re ...
CA(SA) – IF YOU ARE NOT MOVING UP THE CORPORATE LADDER, KNOW THIS – It’s not about the ladder!

CA(SA) – IF YOU ARE NOT MOVING UP THE CORPORATE LADDER, KNOW THIS – It’s not about the ladder!

THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE FEBRUARY 2017 ADDITION OF THE ACCOUNTANCY SA MAGAZINE. More than ...
CA(SA) – THE REAL PART OF YOUR VALUE MIGHT NOT BE ON YOUR CV . . . . YOUR CHARACTER!

CA(SA) – THE REAL PART OF YOUR VALUE MIGHT NOT BE ON YOUR CV . . . . YOUR CHARACTER!

This might just be your story . . . . . . In my business I have the privilege of coaching quite a ...
CALL CENTRES – The REAL Cause Of Road Rage!

CALL CENTRES – The REAL Cause Of Road Rage!

I rate myself as a pretty tolerant person. I respect people and always try to enhance someone&; ...
CA(SA) – TONE UP OR STEP AWAY. THE 9 critical steps to EFFECTIVE EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT.

CA(SA) – TONE UP OR STEP AWAY. THE 9 critical steps to EFFECTIVE EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT.

BACKGROUND Life is all about change. As we grow, change happens automatically. But, if you take a ...
CA(SA) – BIG DOGS RUN IN TALL GRASS

CA(SA) – BIG DOGS RUN IN TALL GRASS

“If you want to jump off the porch and run with the big dogs, you better learn to move in ...
CA(SA) – BY TAKING SOCIAL MEDIA LIGHTLY YOU COULD BE TRASHING YOUR BRAND.

CA(SA) – BY TAKING SOCIAL MEDIA LIGHTLY YOU COULD BE TRASHING YOUR BRAND.

The more I use the LinkedIn social media platform, the more I’m understanding it’s ...
CA(SA) – THE 13 MAGICAL STEPS – HOW TO STAY RELEVANT IN BUSINESS MEETINGS.

CA(SA) – THE 13 MAGICAL STEPS – HOW TO STAY RELEVANT IN BUSINESS MEETINGS.

How many business meeting do you attend every week? I’m sure at least a few. But are ...
ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 – INCREASE YOUR SALES BY 30% PLUS!

ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 – INCREASE YOUR SALES BY 30% PLUS!

In the current tough economic climate everyone is looking to cut costs. But what about increasing ...
CA(SA) – 5 YEARS POST QUALIFICATION EXPERIENCE AND NO SIGN OF THE BIG TIME – Now what?

CA(SA) – 5 YEARS POST QUALIFICATION EXPERIENCE AND NO SIGN OF THE BIG TIME – Now what?

After 5 years post qualifying experience, you should be earning about R1m per annum. This might ...
A MYTH – THE CONCEPT OF WORK-LIFE BALANCE

A MYTH – THE CONCEPT OF WORK-LIFE BALANCE

I often read with amusement the ideas of the proponents of work-life balance (WLB). My view is ...
CA(SA) – WHITE COLLAR CRIME – MAKE SURE YOUR EMPLOYEE FIDELITY POLICY IS UP-TO-DATE.

CA(SA) – WHITE COLLAR CRIME – MAKE SURE YOUR EMPLOYEE FIDELITY POLICY IS UP-TO-DATE.

Whether we like it or not the general consensus is that the economic outlook for the rest of 2016 ...
CA(SA) – THE SUBTLETY OF EXECUTIVE PRESENCE – The All- Important Cover-up!

CA(SA) – THE SUBTLETY OF EXECUTIVE PRESENCE – The All- Important Cover-up!

I am taken aback at some of the people I work with – their insight and decision making ...
CA(SA) – A RIDDLE! MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS – The 101 Model?

CA(SA) – A RIDDLE! MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS – The 101 Model?

Here is a simple model that smart corporate acquirers use in determining the value of a business. ...
CA(SA) – The Next Step – SHOULD I DO AN MBA?

CA(SA) – The Next Step – SHOULD I DO AN MBA?

Finishing one’s CA(SA) qualification presents new unpleasant challenges. Whereas before one ...
THE HIM/HER DILEMMA WHEN BLOGGING. Imbalances Are Unintentional But Unacceptable!

THE HIM/HER DILEMMA WHEN BLOGGING. Imbalances Are Unintentional But Unacceptable!

I notice that, in my blogs, I often refer to the various human beings in the male gender. I humbly ...
CA(SA) – “HEADROOM” – The Critical Component of Current Scholastic Modelling.

CA(SA) – “HEADROOM” – The Critical Component of Current Scholastic Modelling.

With the economy facing the uncertainties that we are looking at right now, the question has to be ...
CA(SA) – Are you a CFO or a FD? – The Choice is Not Entirely Yours!

CA(SA) – Are you a CFO or a FD? – The Choice is Not Entirely Yours!

I was asked an interesting question recently: is there a difference between a CFO (Chief Financial ...
CA(SA) – THE SEXUAL GAME-PLAY IN THE WORK PLACE – IGNORE AT YOUR PERIL!

CA(SA) – THE SEXUAL GAME-PLAY IN THE WORK PLACE – IGNORE AT YOUR PERIL!

I am sometimes left aghast at the sheer naivety of some of my clients. They maybe aware of ...
CA(SA) – BE MORE OF YOURSELF – It’s Good Enough

CA(SA) – BE MORE OF YOURSELF – It’s Good Enough

Regularly I meet emerging executives who are overly self-critical. I am usually stunned as, ...
EXECUTIVE PRESENCE – Knowing the Relationship Dynamics Playing Out in the Work Place.

EXECUTIVE PRESENCE – Knowing the Relationship Dynamics Playing Out in the Work Place.

A lot of he work that I do is about helping young CA’s with their career progression. What ...
45,000,000,000,000 KM’S AWAY – NOW THAT’S A NUMBER!

45,000,000,000,000 KM’S AWAY – NOW THAT’S A NUMBER!

Scientists have recently announced that they have discovered a planet that has similar conditions ...
CA(SA) – DON’T BE SO NAIVE – THEY COULD BE SETTING YOU UP TO FAIL.

CA(SA) – DON’T BE SO NAIVE – THEY COULD BE SETTING YOU UP TO FAIL.

Working with different CAs(SA) is, for me,  indeed an honour.  I meet great people and, as a ...
STEPPING THROUGH THE BARRIERS THAT HOLD YOU BACK.

STEPPING THROUGH THE BARRIERS THAT HOLD YOU BACK.

My life is filled with wonderful encounters! I meet a lot of CAs(SA) every week. Being in the ...
ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 – IF YOU CAN’T BE A FAILURE, YOU’RE UNLIKELY TO SUCCEED.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 – IF YOU CAN’T BE A FAILURE, YOU’RE UNLIKELY TO SUCCEED.

Ask any of the most successful entrepreneurs and they will tell you – they failed many more ...
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! – Learn to say ‘No!’ and Take Back your Personal Power!

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! – Learn to say ‘No!’ and Take Back your Personal Power!

In the corporate world, you have to earn respect. Just because you have a university degree does ...
WAR STORIES FOR EXECUTIVES – Don’t think that your boss won’t set you up to fail.

WAR STORIES FOR EXECUTIVES – Don’t think that your boss won’t set you up to fail.

WAR STORIES FOR EXECUTIVES is a new series of articles discussing ominous experiences that have ...
ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 – Rough ‘n Dirty Financial Methods That Will Keep you Ahead of Your Business

ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 – Rough ‘n Dirty Financial Methods That Will Keep you Ahead of Your Business

Here’s the deal: ACCOUNTING IS ARITHMETIC MADE DIFFICULT In any event, the size of the ...
WAR STORIES FOR EXECUTIVES – A Post-Mortem Of An Audit.

WAR STORIES FOR EXECUTIVES – A Post-Mortem Of An Audit.

WAR STORIES FOR EXECUTIVES is a new series of articles discussing ominous experiences that have ...
ENTREPRENEUR 101 – THE SUCCESS DRAG – Beware of this mystical phenomenon.

ENTREPRENEUR 101 – THE SUCCESS DRAG – Beware of this mystical phenomenon.

There is a strange energy that emerges when you start making progress in your business and the ...
THE BRAVE NEW WORLD – Qualified CA(SA)’s venturing out.

THE BRAVE NEW WORLD – Qualified CA(SA)’s venturing out.

Have you recently qualified as a CA(SA)? Congratulations to you and everything of the best going ...
WAR STORIES FOR EXECUTIVES – BEWARE! Never Underestimate the Value of your CFO.

WAR STORIES FOR EXECUTIVES – BEWARE! Never Underestimate the Value of your CFO.

WAR STORIES FOR EXECUTIVES is a new series of articles discussing ominous experiences that have ...
COACHING WAR STORIES FOR EXECUTIVES – Which is the Greater Risk – Fraud or Error?

COACHING WAR STORIES FOR EXECUTIVES – Which is the Greater Risk – Fraud or Error?

COACHING WAR STORIES FOR EXECUTIVES is a new series of articles discussing ominous experiences ...
CA(SA) – REJUVENATION AT ANY TIME – You Just Need To Find Your Passion!

CA(SA) – REJUVENATION AT ANY TIME – You Just Need To Find Your Passion!

(The above picture resonates with me in a big way! Kite surfing is on my agenda within the next 5 ...
CA(SA) – Honour the LAW OF DISINTEREST!

CA(SA) – Honour the LAW OF DISINTEREST!

It took me sometime to learn that there is a good chance that impulsive buying will get me a sub ...
ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 – IT’S ALL ABOUT MARKETING AND SALES. If you get this, you’re most of the way there!

ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 – IT’S ALL ABOUT MARKETING AND SALES. If you get this, you’re most of the way there!

When I started my business I agreed to coach a friend of mine for free. I had known him previously ...
DON’T BE SO QUICK TO FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCTS – You could get tangled up in your own boot straps!

DON’T BE SO QUICK TO FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCTS – You could get tangled up in your own boot straps!

I regularly read about or hear people say “follow your gut!- stick with your intuition&;. ...
CA(SA) – STUFF THAT MAKES UP REAL SUCCESS!

CA(SA) – STUFF THAT MAKES UP REAL SUCCESS!

In my business I have the privilege of coaching quite a number of young Chartered Accountants. ...
ENTREPRENEUR 101 – THE WHORING STAGE. Don’t leave this out of your Business Plan!

ENTREPRENEUR 101 – THE WHORING STAGE. Don’t leave this out of your Business Plan!

Once again bear in mind that entrepreneurship is a process not an event. You don’t just ...
CA(SA) – Your CV matters much more than you think. Use it effectively.

CA(SA) – Your CV matters much more than you think. Use it effectively.

Being in the coaching space I meet and interview a number of CA’s every week. Accordingly I ...
CA(SA) BEWARE – FREE ADVICE IS WORTH EVERY CENT YOU PAY FOR IT!

CA(SA) BEWARE – FREE ADVICE IS WORTH EVERY CENT YOU PAY FOR IT!

Getting free advice from a professional might seem like a good idea. I mean, you know the guy ...
ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 – EASY RIDER? Think again or go home! 5 ways to prepare for the journey!

ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 – EASY RIDER? Think again or go home! 5 ways to prepare for the journey!

I come from the Sixties era. As a teenager it was a great time to be alive (and as a parent, a ...
ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 – Own your space and step up to the challenge!

ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 – Own your space and step up to the challenge!

The greatest epiphany that I ever had in my life was discovering the true meaning of. ...
CA(SA) – START TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Visualization – Is it that magical or does it really work?

CA(SA) – START TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Visualization – Is it that magical or does it really work?

Virtually every book on goal setting includes a chapter on visualization – visualize your ...
Consider this before taking a life boat out of mediocrity!

Consider this before taking a life boat out of mediocrity!

If you don’t know it already, here it is – entrepreneurship is not for sissies. To be ...
COACHING OR MENTORING – WHICH WAY TO GO?

COACHING OR MENTORING – WHICH WAY TO GO?

Often I get asked what the difference is between a mentor and a coach. Quite honestly I find it ...
CA(SA) – Don’t believe everything that you think!

CA(SA) – Don’t believe everything that you think!

One of my own coaches is taking me through a course about unlocking deeper intentions.And so ...
CA(SA) de RENAISSANCE – Transforming the role of the CFO.

CA(SA) de RENAISSANCE – Transforming the role of the CFO.

As professionals we have the constant challenge of keeping up with an ever- changing world . What, ...
CA(SA) – JOB SEARCHING – Put the Shoe on the Other Foot.

CA(SA) – JOB SEARCHING – Put the Shoe on the Other Foot.

Believe it or not, there are a lot of jobs out  there in spite of the poor the economic outlook. ...
CA(SA) – take heed. YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF IS POWERFUL AND UNAFRAID!

CA(SA) – take heed. YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF IS POWERFUL AND UNAFRAID!

Haven’t you ever wondered what it would be like if you were more in charge of your emotions? ...
CA(SA) – Reporting Magic – THE CHART OF ACCOUNTS.

CA(SA) – Reporting Magic – THE CHART OF ACCOUNTS.

When I was in Corporate the one thing that irritated me the most was not being able to get the ...
CA(SA) – THE JOB INTERVIEW . . . IF YOU’RE SERIOUS ABOUT SHARPENING UP

CA(SA) – THE JOB INTERVIEW . . . IF YOU’RE SERIOUS ABOUT SHARPENING UP

The year ahead looks difficult enough – it is forecast to be one of the most economically ...
CA(SA) take a brain check! ARE YOU STEPPING UP OR ARE YOU STEPPING AWAY?

CA(SA) take a brain check! ARE YOU STEPPING UP OR ARE YOU STEPPING AWAY?

Being in the career advisory space I often encounter clients who are stuck – they just don& ...
CA(SA) – There could be some real value in feeling stuck – TIME TO CHANGE YOURSELF?

CA(SA) – There could be some real value in feeling stuck – TIME TO CHANGE YOURSELF?

Most of us, at some stage or the other, get stuck, bogged down and even lost. The tendency is to ...
The CA(SA) Manager – Now you Need to Get Tough! Here is how to do it in 4 EASY STEPS!

The CA(SA) Manager – Now you Need to Get Tough! Here is how to do it in 4 EASY STEPS!

In a previous article that I posted a few weeks ago (under the title CA(SA) – Are You ...
CA(SA)’s STEP UP – Try This Strategy When Dealing With a Narcissist.

CA(SA)’s STEP UP – Try This Strategy When Dealing With a Narcissist.

The mythological character of the narcissist is the vampire – give them half a chance and ...
THE CA(SA) SYNDROME – a rare breed that adds enormous value!

THE CA(SA) SYNDROME – a rare breed that adds enormous value!

As CA’s, we are a special breed. We are highly skilled, clever, tenacious and determined. It ...
CA(SA) – ARE YOU CLAIMING YOUR PLACE AS THE BOSS or are you playing ‘Mr Nice Guy’?

CA(SA) – ARE YOU CLAIMING YOUR PLACE AS THE BOSS or are you playing ‘Mr Nice Guy’?

Is there something wrong with being a boss? Too often I find my clients are just not stepping up ...
THE INNER CHILD – Are There Issues in the Work Place That Need to be Addressed?

THE INNER CHILD – Are There Issues in the Work Place That Need to be Addressed?

The story of Little Red Riding Hood is partly about the naivety of the child – the need to ...
TAKING RESPONSIBILITY? – does it mean I have to drag up all my past mistakes? NO THANKS!

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY? – does it mean I have to drag up all my past mistakes? NO THANKS!

“It often happens that I wake up at night and begin to think about a serious problem and ...
THE CA(SA) IN 2016 – STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF THOSE WHO WENT BEFORE YOU.

THE CA(SA) IN 2016 – STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF THOSE WHO WENT BEFORE YOU.

If you think about it logically, using the experience of others to  build your own career is ...
ARE THOUGHTS FORCES – does quantum connectivity have any relevance?

ARE THOUGHTS FORCES – does quantum connectivity have any relevance?

At the risk of offending some of the ethereal people out there, the idea of quantum connectivity ...
SOMETHING ALL CA(SA)’s SHOULD KNOW – THE FACE OF THE CFO.

SOMETHING ALL CA(SA)’s SHOULD KNOW – THE FACE OF THE CFO.

Not every CA(SA) wants to be a CFO (Chief Financial Officer). But those who do seem to have a ...
YOU . . . . and everyone else – Lessons to be learnt from beyond.

YOU . . . . and everyone else – Lessons to be learnt from beyond.

I’m sure that you have noticed that I sometimes write about more obscure topics. Some would ...
I’m a newly qualified CA(SA) – BUT WHAT DO I DO WITH MY LIFE?

I’m a newly qualified CA(SA) – BUT WHAT DO I DO WITH MY LIFE?

You know, there a quite a few things that you can do when you qualify as a CA(SA) – and I& ...
THAT ELUSIVE THING CALLED TIME! A possible cause and why we don’t have enough of it.

THAT ELUSIVE THING CALLED TIME! A possible cause and why we don’t have enough of it.

I don’t know about you, but I continuously find that I don’t have enough time. The ...
CA(SA) – BE AWARE – YOU COULD BE SLEEPING WHEN A GREAT OPPORTUNITY COMES YOUR WAY.

CA(SA) – BE AWARE – YOU COULD BE SLEEPING WHEN A GREAT OPPORTUNITY COMES YOUR WAY.

I had such an interesting experience yesterday morning. Last week I committed to give away some ...
Watch out CA(SA)! – If you are part of a major SAP installation you could be working yourself out of a job!

Watch out CA(SA)! – If you are part of a major SAP installation you could be working yourself out of a job!

It is through my interaction with candidates and coaching clients that I pick up a lot of what I ...
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE ONE OF THOSE NEGATIVE THINKERS – Here’s a remedy that works!

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE ONE OF THOSE NEGATIVE THINKERS – Here’s a remedy that works!

The ‘science’  of Positive Thinking has been around for many years. In my own personal ...
“BELIEVE IN MYSELF? . . . . HOW?”

“BELIEVE IN MYSELF? . . . . HOW?”

So here’s the bad  news – without belief in yourself you will perpetually be a victim ...
CA(SA) -13 THINGS TO REMEMBER when attending meetings.

CA(SA) -13 THINGS TO REMEMBER when attending meetings.

How many business meeting do you attend every week? I’m sure at least a few. But are ...
HEY, CA(SA) – Is being who you are good enough?

HEY, CA(SA) – Is being who you are good enough?

I had a rather interesting experience which I thought might be valuable to share with you. ...
CA(SA), consider this – 5 Financial Management Tools That Rule The Day?

CA(SA), consider this – 5 Financial Management Tools That Rule The Day?

Try this. . . . . ACCOUNTING IS ARITHMETIC MADE DIFFICULT I any event, the size of the numbers ...
CALLING ALL CA(SA)’s – BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS? – The move from Auditing to Commerce.

CALLING ALL CA(SA)’s – BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS? – The move from Auditing to Commerce.

Every budding CA has had to make the call on whether to stay in the profession or to move out into ...
Come on People . . . .USE STRESS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE?

Come on People . . . .USE STRESS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE?

http://www.inc.com/justin-bariso/want-to-increase-your-emotional-intelligence-watch-these-5-ted ...
THE VIRTUAL OFFICE – take heed Mr Landlord. This is this where we could be heading.

THE VIRTUAL OFFICE – take heed Mr Landlord. This is this where we could be heading.

How would you like to have your office right on the top of this beautiful landscape? Impossible? ...
CA(SA) – BEING A STRATEGIC – What does this mean?

CA(SA) – BEING A STRATEGIC – What does this mean?

Too often my clients tell me that they want to be more involved in strategy. My first question&# ...
PROFESSIONALS – The Change Dynamic

PROFESSIONALS – The Change Dynamic

There is something profoundly powerful about the picture above. It tells a story of an emergence ...
CA(SA) – Take note! ARE YOU RIDING THE WAVE OF SOCIAL MEDIA?

CA(SA) – Take note! ARE YOU RIDING THE WAVE OF SOCIAL MEDIA?

If you are getting to grips with the power of social media you’re smiling. There is no doubt ...
AS A CA(SA) – Use your CV as a weapon – Part II

AS A CA(SA) – Use your CV as a weapon – Part II

In Part 1 we discussed Simplicity. I explained how important it is to have a cover summary page ...
GOOD VIBRATIONS – are they relevant?

GOOD VIBRATIONS – are they relevant?

In my youth there was a bunch of guys who called themselves The Beach Boys. They played a preppy ...
As a CA(SA) – Use your CV as a weapon – Part 1

As a CA(SA) – Use your CV as a weapon – Part 1

I always prefer to work with real live examples so that theory is to a large extent dissipated. ...
THE CA(SA) MANAGER – A ROTTEN CULTURE COMES FROM THE TOP – but you don’t have to pass it on!

THE CA(SA) MANAGER – A ROTTEN CULTURE COMES FROM THE TOP – but you don’t have to pass it on!

Too often I come across coaching clients that are employed by companies that have an inherent ...
TO THE SMART CA(SA)’s – A Career in Property?

TO THE SMART CA(SA)’s – A Career in Property?

Before I was involved with my current business, I was the CFO of a property company. I worked ...
CA(SA)’s on the move – THE JOB INTERVIEW. Do’s and Don’t’s.

CA(SA)’s on the move – THE JOB INTERVIEW. Do’s and Don’t’s.

You can get everything else right but if you mess up the interview, you won’t get the job. ...
THE GP% – The Coolest Financial Ratio Of Them All!

THE GP% – The Coolest Financial Ratio Of Them All!

Part of the coaching that I do is working with entrepreneurs (a dedicated and delightful bunch by ...
Fresh CA(SA)’s – “Do I have to be Mr Fantastic/Mr Fabulous in my 1st job out of the profession?”.

Fresh CA(SA)’s – “Do I have to be Mr Fantastic/Mr Fabulous in my 1st job out of the profession?”.

In my coaching and recruitment practice I meet a variety of CA’s from across the board. Each ...
WHAT YOUR BOSS IS PROBABLY THINKING

WHAT YOUR BOSS IS PROBABLY THINKING

I often quietly giggle when a coaching client tells me that they are thinking of leaving their ...
THE SECRET – the Law of Attraction?

THE SECRET – the Law of Attraction?

Is there such a thing as the Law of Attraction? Well, who knows. What I do know and experienced ...
TAKING A STAND – Are You Saying YES When You Really Mean NO!

TAKING A STAND – Are You Saying YES When You Really Mean NO!

Developing relationships is one of the most important parts of the work experience and if this ...
MINDFULNESS – Something Old Appearing New

MINDFULNESS – Something Old Appearing New

I recently attended a seminar titled “LEADERSHIP ” at one of the big 4 auditing firms. ...
INTERNAL AUDIT – the Career of the Future

INTERNAL AUDIT – the Career of the Future

I have taken a special interest in Internal Audit as a career path for emerging CA’s. Why? ...
The KRUGER MILLIONS – Fact or Fancy?

The KRUGER MILLIONS – Fact or Fancy?

In my personal life I have a fascination with the Anglo Boer War. There is a lot of well ...
CONTINENT AFRICA – The Sleeping Giant?

CONTINENT AFRICA – The Sleeping Giant?

In my wanderings I come across some strange requests. Recently a client requested that I find him ...
SOUTH AFRICA – WHO ARE WE?

SOUTH AFRICA – WHO ARE WE?

I picked this clip up on the internet called The Twenty Most Beautiful Countries in the World. SA ...
THE STRANGE ANOMALY OF TIME

THE STRANGE ANOMALY OF TIME

I don’t know about you but I just don’t seem to have enough time in the day to do what ...
Let’s talk about PROCRASTINATION.

Let’s talk about PROCRASTINATION.

I don’t know about you but procrastination is part of my humanity. To view it any other way ...
TO ALL PROFESSIONALS. NEGLECT YOUR PERSONAL BRAND AT YOUR PERIL!

TO ALL PROFESSIONALS. NEGLECT YOUR PERSONAL BRAND AT YOUR PERIL!

How you sell yourself makes all the difference. As financial people we seldom consider the sales ...
YOU CAN SURVIVE WITH HALF A HEAD – but rather get yourself a coach!

YOU CAN SURVIVE WITH HALF A HEAD – but rather get yourself a coach!

Let’s face it. Life is becoming increasingly challenging. The fast pace of change is ...