I loved catching up with fellow Global Speaker, Herve Franceschi in a left bank café in Paris recently. Herve and his team are busy at the moment preparing for the Convention of French and European Conference Professionals coming up in Paris on 24 and 25 May. It’s going to be a great event. So if you are going to be near Paris in May, check it out www.association-conferenciers.com
To continue growing successfully and sustainably, every accounting practice and indeed every business needs to do leadership differently. I have been enjoying speaking to lawyers, CEOs and accountants in multiple venues, around the country recently on the topics of strategy, leadership and technology. Audiences are revealing that in terms of future planning, CEOs are often better strategic leaders than accountants, who are sometimes more forward-thinking than lawyers. I am seeing that each professional group does leadership differently and yet there are lessons to be learnt from one another.
On Saturdays, when not travelling, I head for the farmers’ market for a weekly haul of organic food. Last weekend, I stopped by a new stall selling a variety of fresh seafood. The tiny Chinese woman who weighed my choices and tallied them up asked me, “you a fisherman?” I was about to answer “no” when I connected with her question metaphorically. I answered, “one day per week”. She replied, “very good.” As my limited Chinese is ok, I thanked her and said bye in Mandarin. As I thanked her, I reflected that fishing is often more than dropping a line with bait and waiting. My regular ‘fishing’ happens each Wednesday. In fact, my week is quite structured. On Mondays, I practice my speeches and write ( I wrote this article on a Monday). On Tuesdays, I coach leaders. On Thursdays and Fridays, I am either speaking at conferences or facilitating strategy. On Wednesdays, I go fishing. Wednesday is my lead generation day - all day long. It’s the day that I work my pipeline (I use a cool app called Pipedrive). In my business, Wednesday is the most strategic day of the week: I identify my target fish; I [...]