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What is the new normal?

  • Now that Uber have turned up in many major cities is free water, mints & cheaper fares the new normal?
  • As far as I can see Amazon invented ‘one click’ buying. Is the new normal less hoops to jump through?
  • Western civilization is addicted to their phones - but not for talking. Is text communication the new normal?
  • Who gets new software in a box any more? You’d be crazy to use hard drive software. Cloud everything IS the new normal.
  • Social consciousness is rising (just look at #icebucketchallenges everywhere). Is giving the new normal?

What is the new normal for you? Is your space being disrupted? Do you need to reinvent?





Cool Accountants – Roberts & Cowling

New wheels – breaking with to get a breakthrough!

Today was my first ride on my new wheels. I selected the brand GIANT, the model PROPEL and with VISION wheels. I figured 3 powerful words might make a difference. I don’t think the names made a difference but I do think the brilliant engineering and carbon fibre did. By comparison a massive upgrade on my old clunker. I was able to smash 10 personal best times this morning and it rode with ease without being as tired afterwards.

It got me thinking about business. I started thinking about equipment changes making a big difference. Then I realised it was all about ‘breaking with’ something to get a ‘breakthrough’. My buddy Michael Sheargold first coined the phrase “A breakthrough often happens after a breakwith.” My breakwith was the old bike to get a breakthrough for better times, smoother ride and less fatigue.

I wonder what people in business need to breakwith? Maybe systems, methods, equipment, people, clients, old habits or products. Could a breakthrough happen in your business if you ‘brokewith’ some things?



Outstanding Accounting firms

It’s hard to pick 7 award winners when you get 49 worthy submissions. Announced at our annual Accountants conference in front of 411 delegates in Bali were 5 outstanding Accounting firms who won the 7 awards. Here they are…

And the big one….

  • Accounting Business of the Year – Taggart & Partners. Congratulations to all the winners.

Best Client results - AFFE Best Place to work and Firm of the Year - Taggart Partners Client Service and Community Contribution - Bongiorno Group Innovation - Wealthfarm Rising Star - Clarity


Bali conference

We just finished the best conference I have ever organised in 20 years. We had 411 people attending for the 5 day program. It rocked and the feedback has been overwhelming. Already 300+ have signed up for next year. July 12-16 2015 again in Bali.

We had a total of 10 speakers on stage and one of the stand-out speakers was Warren Rustand. Very impressive individual who has been a massive success in 3 disciplines – Sport (NBA player), Politics (served 5 USA administrations) and business (started 18 companies, taken 6 public). He is also a devoted family man, gun golfer and an all round good bloke!

My personal highlight was that (with the proceeds from ticket sales) I was able to donate $30,000 to charity - The John Fawcett foundation. With the extra contributions we will be giving sight to approximately 100 children here in Bali.

More photo’s can be found on our company Facebook page.

Event room Gala Dinner Warren Rustand