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#055 Monday Memo: One first thing you need to do develop trust in business as a finance professional

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What is the first thing you need to do develop trust in business as a finance professional? Accountants and Finance professionals sometimes get a bad rap and are seen as boring because we can occasionally get so caught up in crunching the numbers, getting spreadsheets to work, or stuck in the financials that we end […]
#053 Monday Memo: Do introverts or extraverts make the best finance professionals?

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Do introverts or extraverts make the best and most successful finance professionals? There’s this stereotypical image of the boring ‘Dilbert-like’ accountant who sits behind their desk all day crunching the numbers, however the research suggests that extraverted accountants not only liked their jobs more, but they were almost always among the most successful and were […]
#051 Monday Memo: A bigger role for finance professionals

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Traditional finance roles in general accounting, controllership, FP&A, etc… continue to deliver value from a compliance and control perspective but some accounting & finance professionals have taken these to play a bigger role in their organisation’s longer term success. In this episode I share what this role is and how all of us can go […]
#049 Monday Memo: Why Your Insights Fall On Deaf Ears And How To Use This To Your Advantage

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Generally in Finance & Accounting we want to help our organisations make better, more sustainable decisions. In fact we pride ourselves on presenting our ideas clearly and logically but sometimes our insights and expertise seem fall on deaf ears. Why?t So on this episode I explain why and share a 5 step approach to use […]
#047: The Debate: Is Excel Dead? Lance vs. Chris

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Join the debate! The debaters: Lance (83kg 6 ft) vs. Chris (110 kg 6 ft 2) South Africa vs. England Wing/Flank vs. Lock/8th man Speed vs. Power Modeler vs. Analyst If you haven’t heard of the outcry for the death of Excel then you must be living under a rock. This highly emotive topic has […]
#045: Monday Memo: Oh! You work as a finance business partner, what’s that?

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I often get asked what is a Finance Business Partner and what it is that they do? So imagine you’re at a dinner party, network event or explaining it to a family member, how would you describe it?  So on this episode I share a 5 step approach that describes who finance business partners serve, […]
#043: Monday Memo: The big wall small stairs approach to influencing for finance professionals

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There’s an old saying “It’s easier to climb small stairs than to jump big walls.” The aim of our Strength in the Numbers Show is to create more  influential accountants and finance professionals all over the world who make an impact by solving meaningful problems for their organisations. So on this episode I share a […]
#041: Monday Memo: How Finance Can Organise To Deliver More Productive Insights

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One of the key ways Finance & Accounting teams can remain relevant is to contribute valued insights that are delivered to the right people, in the right way and at the right time. I’ve written previously about what valued insights look like and now I’ll share a bit more in this episode about how Finance […]
#039: Monday Memo: Why it’s dangerous for Finance to believe there’s no such thing as Dragons

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As a parent, I love telling my children stories and as an accounting & finance professional I enjoy helping management safeguard the company’s assets and also identify suitable opportunities that create value for shareholders. So it’s great when there’s a story I can share in both realms, like “There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon” […]
#037: Monday Memo: 6 Lessons Finance Can Learn From Forrest Gump

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One of my favourite movies of all time is Forrest Gump, ever since I first watched it on a rented videotape when it was released nearly 25 years ago. I also imagine it was other people’s favourite movie that year, it was a commercial success grossing more than $1bn at the box office (in today’s […]
#035: Monday Memo: If Finance teams made more mistakes would they add more value

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Recently a fellow finance thought leader shared with me a story of a CFO he was working with at a large multinational who’s Finance team were now more accepting of making mistakes and errors in order to better figure out how to best prepare to add value for their businesses today and into the future. […]
#033: Monday Memo: How the ancient art of Kintsugi helps Finance unlock value in your business

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Kintsugi (“golden joinery”) is the Japanese art of repairing broken objects with a precious metal such as gold. Instead of hiding such cracks and imperfections they are accepted and it’s acknowledged repairs will need to happen from time to time. And once these flaws are fixed they are then regarded as a unique piece of […]
#031: Monday Memo: Knowing your red velvet rope to increase your impact and career success

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Sometimes accountants like to let our hair down so last weekend I was out with my wife in the capital city and we went to a nightclub. Whilst we were queuing to get in I observed something that gave me an idea about how we can improve our impact within our businesses as well as […]
#029: Monday Memo: How to help others adopt a Finance Business Partnering mindset

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Previously on our Strength in the Numbers Show I’ve discussed and covered the two megatrends in accounting & finance, digitisation and finance business partnering and why it’s important for us to understand the impact of these on traditional accounting & finance, but how do we help others see the importance of these, let alone help […]
#027: Monday Memo: Industry 4.0 and What It Means For Accountants & Finance Professionals Part 5

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The opportunity for those in finance careers to be full of fun, meaning and contribution has never been greater, yet in the same breath we have all this digital disruption being caused around us by the fourth industrial revolution. And so in this final part of our Industry 4.0 series I share my thinking about […]
#025: Monday Memo: Industry 4.0 and What It Means For Accountants & Finance Professionals Part 4

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Regardless of whether we’re accountants and finance professionals that have already qualified or are in the process of qualifying we put a lot of trust into our employers and accounting bodies hoping that they will make appropriate decisions on how to navigate the affects of Industry 4.0 so that our careers within accounting & finance […]
#023: Monday Memo: Industry 4.0 and What It Means For Accountants & Finance Professionals Part 3

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  In the last episode we discussed digitisation and ironically digitisation is opening up opportunity for more human skills, particularly around our second megatrend, known as, Finance Business Partnering. I share my thoughts on what this is and how it impact us on this short video & podcast This Monday Memo is based on the article. […]
#021: Monday Memo: Industry 4.0 and What It Means For Accountants & Finance Professionals Part 2

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Business is becoming a more digital experience, we deal with a relentless stream of messages and communications, and we operate in a network of teams. And one megatrend rapidly impacting the work traditionally done by accountants and finance professionals is known as digitisation. I share my thoughts on what this is and how it impact […]
#019: Monday Memo: Industry 4.0 and What It Means For Accountants & Finance Professionals Part 1

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If you’ve been able to get out of the daily grind of accounting & finance for enough time to hear the phrases ‘digital disruption’ or ‘Industry 4.0’ you may be curious enough to want to know what does it mean for accountants and finance professionals. I share my thoughts on this short video This Monday […]
#017: Monday Memo: How to Find the Best Teachers for Finance Professionals

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If like me you’ve probably had a number of teachers and mentors at different stages of your life and your finance career. And whilst it may be easy to pick a favourite it may be more difficult to figure out who was the best for you or even how to get the best of their […]
#015: Monday Memo: Where we’re going wrong with the next generation of finance professionals

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A few years ago I was asked to sit on a panel assessing internal applicants to a graduate finance training program and what I found was concerning for their future success and their ability to fully reach their potential. I deconstructed the successful submissions in a Wordcloud like the one above and found the most […]
#013: Monday Memo: Top 5 Must Listen Audiobooks for Finance Professionals

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Whilst there are very few books out there on Finance Business Partnering there are so many others available that detail the broader business skills necessary to be a successful finance business partner. So where does an aspiring Finance Business Partner begin their search for knowledge? Last year I recommended 5 books and given the success […]
#011 Monday Memo: Elevate Your Impact & Results with the Career Bone Diagram

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I was once struggling in my career, frustrated with my progress and questioning whether I had a future in accounting & finance until a mentor gave me this Career Bone Diagram tool which completely changed my results and how I felt about my career. If you want a fun, rewarding and successful career in accounting […]
#009: Monday Memo: Don’t forget our unique strengths in finance & accounting

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Whilst walking the floor the other day I bumped into a former colleague who is now a Senior Manager of a Global Services contractor at a client of mine and as we got talking he mentioned how his boss judged him on his bottom-line performance, nothing new there, but it turned out his team didn’t […]
#007: Monday Memo: How to Get Experience That Trumps Knowledge

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Imagine you’re on an operating table and you’ve the option of choosing between a medical student with the best technical knowledge money can buy from the best schools or an experienced doctor who’s maybe not as knowledgeable but instead has a good track record on this particular procedure, who would you choose? In accounting & […]
#005 Monday Memo: What Finance Seasons Have You Gone Through?

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Summary: The role of the accounting & finance team is evolving so that it can make an important contribution to improving decision-making and ensuring the sustainable success of the business.  However some finance teams are moving faster than others, which means that they’ve generally passed through different phases, or as I like to call them, […]
#001 Introduction

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Introduction to Strength in the Numbers Show How to have a fun, rewarding & successful career in finance & accounting; and Elevate the impact, value & difference you make for your organisations.  


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