Posts in alastair

How a coach and OKRs helped me run again

October 14th, 2019 Posted by alastair, blog 0 comments on “How a coach and OKRs helped me run again”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

I used to love running – I used to run a few times a week without fail. However, I hadn’t run a race for over 3 years until last Sunday. Normally, I’m pretty competitive but this time, I was just running to complete it.

3 is the magic number! | Accounting Excellence Awards

September 24th, 2019 Posted by alastair, blog 0 comments on “3 is the magic number! | Accounting Excellence Awards”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

We recently attended the 2019 Accounting Excellence Awards in London where we won 3 🏆🏆🏆 national awards…

Why data is power: Our 4 Key Pillars of Effective Data™

September 11th, 2019 Posted by alastair, blog, management information 0 comments on “Why data is power: Our 4 Key Pillars of Effective Data™”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

If technology is the engine behind your business, processes, customer experience or even designs, then data is most certainly the new oil. While oil is there to make sure your engine runs smoothly, data is also a rich resource and powerful commodity the can drive your business performance.

First blood: What ambitious businesses can learn from Theranos

July 8th, 2019 Posted by alastair, blog 0 comments on “First blood: What ambitious businesses can learn from Theranos”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

The much-hyped startup Theranos raised hundreds of millions in investment all based on a lie. Ultimately, the story is about how growth targets canmetastasise if not properly set and controlled. In this month’s AccountingWeb column, I dissect the case to extract a few key lessons for ambitious businesses.

6 steps to designing an awesome reporting blueprint that kicks-ass!

June 14th, 2019 Posted by accounting, alastair, blog 0 comments on “6 steps to designing an awesome reporting blueprint that kicks-ass!”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

Over the past 20 years, I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly of reporting. There’s one theme I see time and time again; Finance teams produce what they think is relevant and stakeholders don’t really value what they are given. There is a huge mismatch between the two. But why?

Fyre Festival – 4 lessons of a fraudster 💸

June 4th, 2019 Posted by alastair, blog, Uncategorized 0 comments on “Fyre Festival – 4 lessons of a fraudster 💸”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

If you haven’t come across Fyre Festival (where have you been for the last 2 weeks?) it was an event (or a disaster) that was to be held on Pablo Escobar’s island Great Exuma in the Bahamas in April 2017. 

How the Naked Chef got Caught with His Pants Down…

June 4th, 2019 Posted by alastair, blog, Uncategorized 0 comments on “How the Naked Chef got Caught with His Pants Down…”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

The ‘Naked Chef’ Jamie Oliver has seen his second restaurant group go down in flames with about 1,000 jobs lost. The sad collapse offers four key lessons for interested observers.

6 Key Principles of Leading Practice Management Information

June 4th, 2019 Posted by alastair, blog 0 comments on “6 Key Principles of Leading Practice Management Information”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

I recently gave a talk on How to be a Kick-Ass CFO at Accountex in London (Europe’s largest accounting conference). Most of my presentation circled around improving management information.

We won a marketing award! Here’s how we did it.

June 4th, 2019 Posted by alastair, blog 0 comments on “We won a marketing award! Here’s how we did it.”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

At this year’s Accountex our efforts paid off when we won ‘Best Personal Brand‘ at the British Accounting Marketing Awards! In this newsletter we want to give you some insight into how we achieved this fantastic award to help you increase your own awareness.

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Stanley Building tech startup style with industrial walls and desks and chairs

11 sections to the perfect business plan – part 3

September 21st, 2017 Posted by alastair, blog 0 comments on “11 sections to the perfect business plan – part 3”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

this is the follow on article from 11 sections to the perfect business plan – part 1 & part 2 where I describe these sections in detail; business strategy, finances and risks.
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