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12 February 2020
Have an Accountant yet You Still Don't Know?

Have an Accountant yet You Still Don’t Know?

It’s only too common where businesses have engaged an accountant yet feel they don’t know how they’re performing, where they should focus, and aren’t getting the […]
3 February 2020
Systemisation: Costs and Benefits

Systemisation: Costs and Benefits

Many businesses have systems and processes that aren’t documented, are just habits formed within the business, or even made up as work is performed. It’s a […]
22 January 2020
Knowledge and Experience. It Is Available.

Knowledge and Experience. It is Available

Yesterday I was involved as one of several mentors in a Mentoring for Growth session, working to help a local business with challenges they faced. It’s […]
20 January 2020
Business Systems - Excel to Cloud

Business Systems: Excel to Cloud

For years now we’ve seen businesses managed using Excel. Even last week we’ve been introduced to one with some 900 staff yet many aspects of the […]
10 January 2020
How I see financial management as a CFO

How I see Financial Management as a CFO

I realise most in business don’t come from a financial background yet find themselves heading up business and struggling to grasp it. We all have different […]
8 January 2020
Accounting is more than Structuring, Tax & Compliance

Accounting is more than Structuring, Tax & Compliance

When I returned to Australia in 2011 after 10 years in Europe I was shocked to see how poorly businesses valued proper financial understanding and management. […]
6 January 2020
Best Fit or Best Practice?

Best Fit or Best Practice?

This is a topic I’ve covered more extensively in HR but applies in many business areas. How do you choose the processes and policies for your […]
30 December 2019
Your Goals Might Not Be Growth

Your Goals Might Not Be Growth

A new year and many talk about resolutions. Have you first thought about your goals and why you have them before you set out making resolutions […]
27 December 2019
What's been your biggest headache in the last year?

What’s been your biggest headache in the last year?

When you look back over the year we’ve just had, do you know what your biggest headache has been? Reflection is a vital part of improving. […]
24 December 2019
Get On Top

Get On Top

It’s a new year and for many it will be quiet. Others are away, business has slowed yet you’re still working and wanting to push sales […]
17 December 2019
No Rates - Pay the Value to You

No Rates – Pay the Value for You

This is a little bit of a risk, a bit of an experiment and also a demonstration of me putting my money where my mouth is… […]
16 December 2019
Decision Making - Outcomes not Costs

Decision Making – Outcomes not Costs

When considering undertaking services for your business it’s important to give thought to your decision making process. How do you decide whether or not to take […]
9 June 2019
Make Your Financial Management Move Now

Make Your Financial Management Move Now

It’s that time of year again in Australia, the end of the financial year. This is the easiest time to make changes, particularly to the aspects […]
17 March 2019

Systems and Strategy Before Sales

When a business needs to perform better only too often do management turn to sales without looking at what is truly beneficial and right for the […]
8 March 2019

6 Steps to Overcome Your Business Headaches

Every business has its challenges to overcome, from the smallest sole operator to the largest corporation. Challenges will always continue to appear as we live in […]
30 January 2019

Is Flexible Productivity the Most Effective Productivity?

A couple of mornings ago I was up about 2.30am, wide awake and wanting to go for a run. I thought it was too early although […]
13 December 2018

5 Real Risks of Putting All Your Eggs in One Basket

There are many ways business don’t address risk. You may have increased risk in several ways with having all your eggs in one basket. Five areas […]
12 December 2018

Why You Should Understand Your Break-Even Analysis

In business we always come across terms such as ‘break-even’. For most of us, we just want to get on and do what we’re good at […]
4 December 2018

12 Things to Remember When Facing Cash Flow Problems

There are several areas to consider when you’re facing a cash flow problem. Each on their own might not provide the solution but together you might […]
3 December 2018

Free Expert Advisory Panel Session

As a consultancy group that specialises in senior and executive management support, Ascendis consists of independent experts coming from different backgrounds and bringing different skills and […]
30 November 2018

Why is Strategy Important?

There is so much depth to strategy but I really just want to give you reason to consider strategy if you haven’t already. Not to go […]
23 November 2018

Holiday Time? Time to Get Busy.

If you’re finding this is the start of a quieter time, people aren’t buying and decision making waiting until after the holiday period, this is the […]
21 November 2018

6 Reasons Your Financial Reports Aren’t Accurate

When a good bookkeeper is used, all transactions are correctly recorded and reconciled as they happen, but does this mean your reports are accurate?  In most […]
19 November 2018

Value in a Chief Financial Officer

After returning to South East Queensland in 2011 the first thing that I noticed about business that surprised me was the lack of real interest in […]