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Could artificial intelligence replace accountants (or any other profession)?

Just this past April, in my regular column in The Globe and Mail, I put forward the premise that artificial intelligence is the next frontier in the evolution of customer service.  But of course it isn’t just customer service that is being impacted by artificial intelligence (AI); just about every profession and business process is affected.  Which led to the subject of my latest column for Canadian AccountantHow to prosper in the age of accounting robots.

Professionals should embrace (rather than fear) artificial intelligence

Given the significant proliferation of artificial intelligence into the world of accounting, the question being asked by many accountants is whether the accounting profession itself is being threatened.  Could accountants be replaced by automation, just like the switchboard operator, the film projectionist and the elevator operator?  And if so, what can accountants do to not only protect their careers, but prosper in the age of the accounting robots? Continue reading

Want to climb the corporate ladder? Then get recognized as a high-potential employee

high-potential employeeThere are two ways to get ahead in the world of work. One, strike out on your own as an entrepreneur and create your own million dollar company. Or two, successively rise through the ranks in an established organization. Both are viable options, but if your career objective is to climb the corporate ladder, then you need to get recognized as a high-potential employee, or HiPo.

Seven ways to become worthy of high-potential employee status

If rising to the top at your place of employment and getting recognized as a high-potential employee is something you aspire to, then my latest column in Canadian Accountant lays out seven actions you need to take right now in order to become worthy of HiPo status.  Read Looking to rise in the ranks? Here are 7 things you need to do now.


I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic of what it takes to be recognized as a high-potential employee.  Does it even matter?  What has been your experience?  Good or bad, I’m interested.  Share your thoughts either here or on the Canadian Accountant website.

Five ways to build a kick-ass personal brand

kick-ass personal brandYour personal brand is how others see you. If you want to grow your business, obtain a better job, get noticed by your peers, take your career to the next level, or meet high-quality professional colleagues, the impression others have of you will have a huge impact on your success.  But how do you build your “best” personal brand?  How do you build a brand that “kicks ass”?  And just what does “kick-ass branding” mean?

What does it take to build a kick-ass personal brand?

This is exactly the topic of my latest column for Canadian Accountant titled Five ways for CPAs to build a kick-ass personal brand.  In it, I offer five steps that anyone can take to positively influence how they are perceived by others.  Not an accountant?  Doesn’t matter – the five kick-ass tips I give here apply to anyone who is looking to take their career or business to new heights!

kick-ass personal brand


As you can see, authenticity is ultimately at the root of building a kick-ass personal brand.  As far as I am concerned, everything grows from the foundation of genuineness and truth.  But what do you think?  Agree?  Disagree?  This is what has worked for me, but I’d love to hear what you’re doing to build your personal brand.  Share your thoughts here or on the Canadian Accountant website.

Five keys to breaking free from accounting stereotypes

170108_CA-smBean-counters, number-crunchers, pencil-pushers — merely three of the common monikers often used to describe those in the accounting profession — and none of them complimentary. These labels are frequently used to disparage and belittle those who take seriously the responsibility of minding the money.  Unfortunately, negative stereotypes such as these can stunt career prospects and adversely affect the number and quality of new opportunities that come one’s way.  So for those who have aspirations to make their mark in the top echelons of organizations, they need to prove that these negative labels do not apply to them.

How to break free from the stereotypes

This is the topic of my latest regular Leadership column for Canadian Accountant titled Five keys to breaking free from accounting stereotypes.

accounting stereotypes

To summarize, here are the five specific ideas to overcome these negative stereotypes:

  1. Take on different roles
  2. Learn to talk in terms of the big picture
  3. Break the pattern
  4. Get out there!
  5. Above all, be flexible

Well, I’d love to hear your perspectives.  Let me know what you think of my latest column.  Comment here or on the Canadian Accountant website, let us know about your experiences.

5 Reasons Why Accountants Make Great Leaders

170108_CA-smI have such exciting news to share today!  I am delighted and honored to announce that I will be one of the regular Opinion columnists for the brand-new website Canadian Accountant that was just launched this week.  Canadian Accountant is Canada’s independent news source for the accounting profession and will focus on informational, motivational and aspirational content relevant to accounting and finance professionals.  It is the brainchild of my long-time professional colleague Colin Ellis, who is also the award-winning writer turned entrepreneur, and the former editor of D&A Magazine published by CPA Ontario.

Valuable information even if you’re not an accountant!

Now I am well aware that the vast majority of you who read this blog are likely not accountants, but I don’t want you to assume that the word “accountant” means that this site shouldn’t be of interest to you.   Quite the contrary!  Sure, there will be lots of accountant-specific stuff (like tax and financial reporting!), but there will also be plenty of content that is relevant to anyone who just works in the world of business (and I mean profit as well as not-for-profit).  Over the next few months, expect to see stories on business, leadership and strategy, all of which I know you’ll find useful. Continue reading