Book review and podcast recommendations
Popular Podcasts for the Tech Loving Accountant
Scale up your business - Nick Bradley
From start-up to scale-up!
Not every start-up idea can make it big and sustainable enough to be a scale-up. So, in this very first episode of the Scale Up Your Business Podcast, Nick Bradley, your host, aims to let you in on how can he help you on your entrepreneurship journey. From creating lifestyle businesses to performance businesses to your empire, Nick has it all set for you so you could begin growing your own.
Learn about his own journey on how he became one of the known international businessmen right now. For aspiring business leaders and for those who are already looking at expanding their business, this podcast will guide you along the way. Nick discusses today what should you be expecting in the next episodes. And before the discussion ends, discover why it’s important that you have your own mission statement not just for your business, but in general for your life.
The Disruptive Entrepreneur Podcast - Rob Moore
The Disruptive Entrepreneur podcast, hosted by entrepreneur, investor and British businessman, Rob Moore, offers a mix of disruptive content and a totally unique concept: unscripted and unedited interviews with both world famous and left-field successful entrepreneurs, exclusive “Caffeine Casts” episodes and blunt “Rob’s Rants”.
The host, world record holder and multi-millionaire Rob Moore, claims that anyone can be a successful entrepreneur if you learn from those already winning. Rob believes that success in all walks of life leaves clues, and it’s his mission on this podcast to reveal these traits, insights and experiences to help you unleash your entrepreneurial spirit and success.
Cloud Stories - Heather Smith
The Cloud Stories podcast explores how business solutions integrate with online accounting software (Xero, MYOB and or QBO), and can, in turn, automate processes and improve productivity and profitability. By sharing Cloud Stories from the community listeners gain insights into how small businesses and advisory services can thrive in a brave new world of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robots.
Over the years, Heather Smith has interviewed Accountants, Bookkeepers, Business Consultants, Cloud Advisors, Cloud Integrators, Developers, Small Business Owners and Solution Providers who have generously shared their own Cloud Story on the popular podcast.
Book Recommendations from Simon Chaplin
Simon Chaplin spends his time inspiring, challenging and supporting accountants and their teams to be the best they want to be. Simon is a qualified accountant running his own practice and only shares practical tools and tips that he has successfully implemented in his own practice.
"Over the course of a year, I listen to and read a lot of books. Here are my top three books from those I have enjoyed over the last eighteen months or so. "
What Got You Here Won't Get You There - by Marshall Goldsmith
Number three on my list is What Got You Here Won't Get You There, by Marshall Goldsmith. This was given to me by a customer and, to start with, I struggled a little bit to understand and get into the book.
However, by the end he’d shared twenty-one things that people do that are holding them back. Five of those were very thought-provoking for me, the main one being “management by sarcasm”. I’m very good at being uncomfortable about sharing with people things that are upsetting me, so I’ll make sarcastic comments about those things. Now, when I read that and recognised that behaviour in myself, I started working on preventing it happening in the future.
Nine Lies About Work – Ashley Goodall & Marcus Buckingham
Number two on my list is Nine Lies About Work, by Ashley Goodall and Marcus Buckingham. It was first recommended to me by a connection on LinkedIn after I shared a post about the average number of sick days team members “pull” each year.
In the book, the author shares nine “lies” that you've been living by and working by within your practice. I found they challenged my assumptions and beliefs.
One of the lies is that “everybody requires feedback”. Put simply, that's not true. People do not require feedback. They require recognition, and the book goes into a way of recognising people whereby they feel recognised, as opposed to the castaway "thank you" and "you've done a really good job" type scenarios.
The Road Less Stupid – Keith Cunningham
My top book by a country mile is The Road Less Stupid, by Keith Cunningham.
Now, this book provoked me on all sorts of levels. The author has got quite a sarcastic, dry sense of humour. As I read it, I did start to feel a bit stupid for some of the things I’ve done and continue to do in the practice. What I really love about the book is that at the end of each chapter there are some questions intended to provoke further thinking. Each chapter is also summarised by putting it on a “bumper sticker”.
So here it is on a bumper sticker: “This is a really, really brilliant book”.
It covers all sorts of different things. If you haven't read A Road Less Stupid it is an absolute must-add for your reading list.