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Why cultural sensitivity matters

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Understanding cultural differences is essential in the workplace, both internally and externally. Get it right and you lay the foundations of great working relationships. Get it wrong and you can cause offense, lose trust and jeopardise a lucrative contract. As more and more firms employ people from diverse cultures and serve clients with business operations […]

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Dealing with disruption

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The public sector is under increasing pressure to adapt to big-hitting disruptors. Taking action now could protect precious resources and benefit local communities. These are challenging times for public services. Already facing budgetary constraints in many parts of the world, publicly-funded organisations are being bombarded by potentially costly disruptors at every turn. From austerity to […]

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Perfect government storm

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Government contractors worldwide have been hit by a perfect storm of business disruption. But help is at hand to manage the challenges. From government shutdowns to cyber threats and regulatory changes, government contractors in different geographies have had a difficult time of late. Multiple business disruptors have combined to place increased pressure on bottom lines […]

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We need to talk about age

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Dramatic changes to age profiles – and generational differences in the workforce – are posing HR and management challenges for companies worldwide. The population is ageing in virtually every country, with more employees than ever approaching retirement, some of whom may not be ready to retire. At the same time, post-millennial Generation Z is entering […]

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A question of ethics

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Improving your ethical decision-making can add real value to your business. In an age where being seen to do the right thing is more important than ever, business ethics are increasingly viewed as a driver for success. Ethical decision-making can reduce risks, minimise brand damage and create value. Moreover, organisations with a strong ethical standpoint […]

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Award-winning content

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Happy and proud my “topical” and “insightful” content helped Praxity Global Alliance win Campaign of the Year. Huge congratulations to the Praxity team for their hard work creating industry-shaping debate and commentary. Praxity is the world’s largest alliance of independent accounting and consulting firms, with members in over 100 countries. The association scooped best campaign at […]

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Dirty business

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Accountants are in the front line when it comes to exposing money laundering. Is enough being done to fight it at domestic and global level?  One of the biggest challenges facing the accounting profession is to identify and call out incidents of money laundering – the concealment of illegally obtained money so that it appears […]

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Ready for the cyber wars?

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Cybersecurity has become a top priority for senior management as organisations seek to protect against the growing threat of attack from individuals, organised crime networks and even governments. From destroying a company’s reputation to wiping out a nation’s power supply, cybercrime has become one of the biggest threats to business in the twenty-first century. No […]

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What next for the world economy?

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Global growth could come to an abrupt end due to rising trade conflicts and a dangerous cocktail of economic factors, according to the International Monetary Fund. It is calling for immediate action to ‘fix the roof’ before it caves in. The latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) from the IMF is pretty good news for global […]

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Why blockchain matters

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Blockchain could become the ‘go to’ technology to settle financial transactions and carry out day to day business processes. Can you afford to ignore it? Fintech geeks have been banging on about blockchain for years as the next big thing to transform the way we do business. Now it’s beginning to happen. While many senior […]