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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.

Independent Firm of the Year – Greater London | British Accountancy Awards 2019

September 27th, 2019 Posted by blog 0 comments on “Independent Firm of the Year – Greater London | British Accountancy Awards 2019”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

flinder wins Independent Firm of the Year – Greater London at the British Accountancy Awards 2019. Sponsored by Accountancy Age Jobs

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.

Are all accounting firms born equal?

July 30th, 2019 Posted by accounting, blog 0 comments on “Are all accounting firms born equal?”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

Are all accounting firms born equal? Not quite, here’s just one reason why we are different…

I recently recorded a top tip with ACCA to share with other accountants (I have flashes of altruism) – I realise that accountants and accounting firms are often viewed as the same with little differentiation.

This is how we view and transform the finance function.

July 30th, 2019 Posted by accounting, blog, management information, startup, tech 0 comments on “This is how we view and transform the finance function.”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

Every company has a talent, Apple make beautiful products, ,Google do search and Amazon delivers, well anything…
While maybe not to the same scale, flinder transforms and runs finance functions! 
But how do we do this? It’s all in our approach: The flinder Effect – let me tell you more…

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.