Lost in translation

On my China Airlines flight from Auckland to Brisbane on Friday evening, I asked for a glass of red wine with my meal. Strangely, a glass of milk was delivered! I don't know how that happens, but there you go. I wonder, how many times a day do accountants say one thing and their clients…

Accounting karaoke

I am about to head home from Auckland following an Accountability Meeting with six of our member firms today. Last night, a few of us went for a nightcap at a little Irish pub in Newmarket called The Claddagh (http://www.thecladdagh.co.nz/). My excuse was the three hour time difference – needed a cheeky whiskey to put…

All doom and gloom in Auckland

I have just arrived in Auckland for a coachingclub meeting with eight of New Zealand's leading accounting firms tomorrow. Our meeting is to be held in Newmarket, arguably Auckland's premier shopping and commercial hub. It is a pleasant Thursday afternoon, first day of December – yet the place is virtually deserted. There are empty shop…

Writing a book

I have decided to write a book. It will be about accountants and their clients – specifically, how accountants can add massive value to their clients by proactively offering business improvement services that are right in the heartland of what accountants are very good at doing. In the spirit of accountability and self-imposed deadlines, I…