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 that I...

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.

You probably know what I think of work/life balance. It's nonsense. It's just not part a workable...

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

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!

*Includes CA(Z) and CA(NAM). Your attitude on the work place is paramount. And, your choice of words...

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 pleasant to...

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!

Clients often say to me that they prefer to just "stay out of the politics" - (that is at work, I...

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

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.

Let’s face it, artificial intelligence is coming at us like a tsunami! If you don’t quite know what...

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?

Any of you who know me know how passionate I am about the CA(SA) brand. As far as I’m concerned, it...

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 listen...

CA(SA) – DEPRESSION! The Career Killer

Depression! A cunning and devastating illness. A surprising number of people suffer from its effects...

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 quite...

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!

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.

Don't you often find that you are asking yourself the question "I'm a qualified manager, but am I...

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

You’ve probably irritated by the media-attention that cryptocurrencies have been receiving over the...

BEWARE, THE CARE-LESS SUPPLIERS!

As I write I think maybe I've lost my mind. It seems so logical but the expectation is almost...

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!

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

We've all heard the stuff about stress and health. I for one find the whole thing more stressful...

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!

Talk to me about a world where employees will to be treated like customers and you would be talking...

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 the tall...

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!

When it comes to personal branding, time keeping could be one of the most critical components. Don't...

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 awesome power...

THE EXECUTIVE POST-HOLIDAY BLUES

The post-holiday blues. Definition: That dread-feeling that you get when you wake up in the morning...

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 loved this song, I...

KPMG AND FINANCIAL REPORTING COUNCIL UNABLE TO EXPLAIN THEMSELVES.

The following article was published in the UK press on 1 December 2017. "HBOS AUDIT REVELATION...

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 with...

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.

I don't know about you but this KPMG issue is really worrying. Originally I thought that the other...

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 awesome power...

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 is...

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.

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?

As a CA(SA), you have an eye for detail, you understand the importance of delivering quality work on...

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?

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.

When it comes to personal branding, time keeping could be one of the most critical components. Don't...

CA(SA) – Self-Discipline!

I don't know about you, but discipline has always been a dirty word to me. Somehow when I hear the...

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 moving...

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?

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.

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’.

Being in the career advisory space I often encounter clients who are stuck - they just don't quite...

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, but am I making...

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!

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.

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!

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!).

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.

There is some profound empirical evidence thoughts have an uncanny power. It seems that what you are...

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.

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!

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”?

Don't you often find that you are asking yourself the question "I'm a qualified CA, but am I making...

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 are...

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 that...

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?

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?

In my humble view, the journey of self-discovery, is one of the main objectives of being alive. The...

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 that I feel in...

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 conjured up an...

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 be...

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?

In your wanderings, you might come across a wonderful opportunity. That recruitment agent that never...

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 damn good...

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 article...

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.

I just love the picture above. There is something so daringly exciting about this tiny human facing...

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.

Here is a story that you will find interesting, if not a little scary. It's about a client of mine...

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 politics...

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.

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?

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?

Monitoring subordinates performance is important - in fact it's essential. I mean, we monitor the...

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-play the...

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 a...

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!

I rate myself as a pretty tolerant person. I respect people and always try to enhance someone's day...

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...

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 the tall...

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 awesome power...

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 meetings...

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?

After 5 years post qualifying experience, you should be earning about R1m per annum. This might give...

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 quite...

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 is...

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 skills are...

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?

Finishing one's CA(SA) qualification presents new unpleasant challenges. Whereas before one had a...

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.

With the economy facing the uncertainties that we are looking at right now, the question has to...

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!

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

Regularly I meet emerging executives who are overly self-critical. I am usually stunned as, because...

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!

Scientists have recently announced that they have discovered a planet that has similar conditions to...

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.

My life is filled with wonderful encounters! I meet a lot of CAs(SA) every week. Being in the career...

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 times...

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 not...

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 been...

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 numbers have...

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 been...

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 smell...

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 is a new series of articles discussing ominous experiences that have been...

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 that...

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!

It took me sometime to learn that there is a good chance that impulsive buying will get me...

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!

I regularly read about or hear people say "follow your gut!- stick with your intuition". I know that...

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

In my business I have the privilege of coaching quite a number of young Chartered Accountants. Part...

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 arrive - you...

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 am...

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 works...

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!

The greatest epiphany that I ever had in my life was discovering the true meaning of responsibility...

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 goals and...

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 sure, it's is...

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!

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.

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.

Believe it or not, there are a lot of jobs out  there in spite of the poor the economic outlook. And...

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? Or...

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

The year ahead looks difficult enough - it is forecast to be one of the most economically taxing we...

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't quite...

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...

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 Claiming Your...

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 they will...

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 is...

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 to...

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 pretend...

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 decide that...

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?

At the risk of offending some of the ethereal people out there, the idea of quantum connectivity is...

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.

I'm sure that you have noticed that I sometimes write about more obscure topics. Some would call it...

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'm not...

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 thing is that we...

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!

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!

The 'science'  of Positive Thinking has been around for many years. In my own personal journey, I...

“BELIEVE IN MYSELF? . . . . HOW?”

So here's the bad  news - without belief in yourself you will perpetually be a victim of your own...

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 meetings...

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. Yesterday...

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 have...

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...

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? Not...

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 is...

PROFESSIONALS – The Change Dynamic

There is something profoundly powerful about the picture above. It tells a story of an emergence and...

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 that...

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 with...

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

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!

Too often I come across coaching clients that are employed by companies that have an inherent toxic...

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 close...

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. So here...

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?”.

In my coaching and recruitment practice I meet a variety of CA's from across the board. Each have...

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?

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!

Developing relationships is one of the most important parts of the work experience and if this gets...

MINDFULNESS – Something Old Appearing New

I recently attended a seminar titled "LEADERSHIP " at one of the big 4 auditing firms. The basic...

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? When I...

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 maintained...

CONTINENT AFRICA – The Sleeping Giant?

In my wanderings I come across some strange requests. Recently a client requested that I find him an...

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

I don't know about you but I just don't seem to have enough time in the day to do what needs to be...

Let’s talk about PROCRASTINATION.

I don't know about you but procrastination is part of my humanity. To view it any other way leaves...

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!

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