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Sep 2018

Generational approaches

Why Generational differences matter for Australian compliance preparers

By: Odyssey General
Tags: Change, generational differences, workforce

Change continues to happen at a massive pace in the Australian accounting compliance industry, and in this current time we have interestingly several different generations participating in the preparation of the same sets of compliance work, but using vastly different tools and different skill sets. I was thinking the other day about an accountant that I’m in discussions with, who …

13

Sep 2018

Navigating

Navigating Change – why minds are stuck on old tracks

By: Odyssey General
Tags: Change, future, Technology

I was thinking the other day about generational differences in approaches to navigating, and how we all achieve the same (compliance output) but approach it in many different ways. When I was younger (pre internet), I’d watch my dad drive using maps for longer distances, and street maps for local situations. Maps were studied diligently before the journey, with landmarks …

06

Sep 2018

walk in the woods

If you go walking in the woods without your iphone, and don’t record it, did you go?

By: Odyssey General
Tags: life observation, Philosophical thoughts

This week we thought we’d push into the philosophical thought raising questions regarding observation and perception. Earlier this year I went walking in the jungles of Laos over several days. On the last day it was raining heavily, as only it can in Asian jungles.  Given that I was committed to the walk, it only seemed right to get out …

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Nov 2017

Disruption in the recruiting industry. Why Aussie accountants need to take notice

Disruption in the recruiting industry. Why Aussie accountants need to take notice

By: Odyssey General
Tags: Disruption, gig economy, graduates, recruiting

It seems more disruption is on the horizon, though of course some days it feels like it is changing faster than others. We’ve already been told the accounting graduates of 2017 are not like they used to be, and there are plenty of stories about what is important to new graduates. Not only is it important to find out what …

02

Nov 2017

The slow fuse of Australian Accounting and Taxation Compliance disruption.

The slow fuse of Australian Accounting and Taxation Compliance disruption

By: Odyssey General
Tags: Disruption, new business models, standardization

There must be many out there questioning where all the promised disruption is. Sometimes it seems like a slow burning fuse. Everyone seems remarkably focused on disruption, and new business models, that it’s a bit like peering at the dawn waiting for the impending attack. Anyone who’s actually stared at the dawn light knows that dawn isn’t punctual, and can …

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Sep 2017

It’s all about the teamwork

It’s all about the teamwork

By: Odyssey General
Tags: Experience, strategy, teamwork

When I was younger I played Rugby.  A lot of rugby. And in a sports minded Australia, Rugby was good. I eventually had to choose between Accounting and Rugby as I headed into University. Yes, a lot of non-accountants might question that decision. Just heading into first year University I was still playing Rugby. Playing for my Club, playing for …

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Sep 2017

The Millennials Takeover! Millennials in the workplace

The Millennials Takeover! Millennials in the workplace

By: Odyssey General
Tags: digital generation, Millennials, Outsourcing

For those that missed it, there is an interesting interview with Simon Sinek was released regarding “Millennials in the Workplace”. For those of you that missed this video, click here for the link. What’s interesting is that there are almost 7.4 million views of the link above, with 62,000 giving a thumbs up and 3,000 giving a thumbs down, and …

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Aug 2017

Millennials start to make their mark

By: Odyssey General
Tags: Change, millenials

We thought we’d start off with a joke from the Edinburgh fringe festival this week, which appropriately is about change. “I’m not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change”. Certainly Australian accountants must be getting used to seeing change as a constant in the social media, newsletters, emails and various other media assaulting their …

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Aug 2017

5 Threats to Australian compliance work today

5 Threats to Australian compliance work today

By: Odyssey General
Tags: Australian compliance, Automation, Outsourcing, pricing pressure

In this blog we put down our thoughts on the 5 big threats to the future of Australian compliance. Software houses and Artificial Intelligence Starting the countdown from the most important threat (I guess that means we have the drumroll first), is Software houses and Artificial Intelligence. We put these at the top of our list, and research shows that …