Finance Team Issues

2112, 2018

Analysis of the thoughts of Tom Peters in Thriving in Chaos – Part 1

By |December 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Twenty years ago, Tom Peters wrote this classic which now acts a beacon in these changing times. Here is my take on his advice.

A General Electric executive has pointed out 9 out of 10 acquisitions are a waste of time and a destruction of shareholder’s value

McKinsey study in 1986 of acquisitions made between 1972-83 a […]

903, 2017

The three mistakes that lead to a slow month-end

By |March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

The belief that the month-end report is useful. It is too late to change anything, the horse has bolted, and management should know the number if they have been provided with key daily and weekly information. The M/E finance report should be a one pager (A3).
The belief that there is a magic number to aim for. Accountants […]

1506, 2015

Moving accounts payable out of the dark ages

By |June 15th, 2015|0 Comments

The accounts payable team is one of the most important in the accounting function. However, many APteams are stuck in the dark ages, which means:* monthly accounts cannot be prepared promptly, as AP is buried under a tsunami of invoices* budget holders are unnecessarily tied up in authorising and approving all transactions– no matter how […]

3005, 2015

Create a lean finance team

By |May 30th, 2015|0 Comments

The annual planning process and the long, drawn-out annual reporting cycle are both perfect examples of catch-22s. To break out of them, finance teams need to attack the onerous processes that are hangovers from the past and that they have mistakenly stuck with. Read More

3005, 2015

The free accounts payable system

By |May 30th, 2015|0 Comments

The average cost of a whole purchasing cycle is estimated at £30 to £40 per transaction. This cost is horrific when you realise that a high portion of your transactions is for minor amounts. The diagram to the right shows a typical profile of accounts payable(AP) invoices. Read More

3009, 2014

Lean finance team processes – making the finance function more efficient

By |September 30th, 2014|0 Comments

To what degree has your finance team embraced the LEAN movement? – Invitation to attend a webcast run by ICAEW.

Join David Parmenter for a webinar on 9 October, 2014 at 9:00 AM (GMT).  There is a small cost of non-members.

LEAN has now been embraced by accounting functions around the world. LEAN has  not only re-engineered […]

1507, 2014

Bulletproof PowerPoint presentation

By |July 15th, 2014|0 Comments

The ability to deliver a bulletproof PowerPoint presentation is a vital skill that can help you on your journey to becoming  great.  However we  are often guilty for underselling our carefully thought-through suggestions. Far too often we will short-change themselves by ‘under cooking’ our preparation and practice time before giving a ‘career limiting’ presentation. Here […]

1103, 2014

Make sure the consultants can score an early goal

By |March 11th, 2014|0 Comments

All great managers help their staff score goals.  Success breeds success.  Consultants are no different.  They may appear immune to difficulties, this is only a ruse.  They need positive feedback as much or even more than your staff.  Why?  They often work in a dysfunction firm, trust me I know, and their only feedback is […]

2602, 2014

Some projects should never have been started

By |February 26th, 2014|0 Comments

All consultants, when being frank, will admit to the odd self-inflicted disaster.  The responsibility of many failed projects rests fair-and-square with the initiators.  They create projects or new starts with utter abandonment, overlooking the commitments each projects require.  Like children, projects need to have plenty of affection, attention, and nurturing.  The consequences for projects when […]

2602, 2014

Relate the contract of engagement to the size of the contract

By |February 26th, 2014|0 Comments

Relate the size of the contract to the risks involved.  Contracts for minor assignments (less than £30,000) should be, at most, a two-page document.  In most cases it could be all contained in an email with a confirmation or a simple signature, on the email, with the words “agreed as outlined above”.
We do need to […]