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How to keep yourself constructively busy and motivated when work is light

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Long hours in a Big 4 and other large firms are often seen as the norm. But what happens if you find yourself on the bench and scratching around for something to do. In this blog post Heather Townsend shares an exclusive extract from the 2nd edition of ‘How to make partner and still have a life’ (Click […]

First woman and person of Hispanic descent takes helm at PwC’s Assurance business

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager

PwC U.S. Chairman Tim Ryan recently appointed Maria Moats to lead the firm’s key Assurance business. The 22 year PwC veteran who was previously responsible for the firm’s Diversity efforts becomes the first woman and person of Hispanic descent in this crucial role.

How does it feel to be the first woman and person […]

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From paper notes to Ecommerce success: Two modern day Horatio Algers tell their story

John King

By Rob Starr

Ecommerce was around for several years before finally sparking to life about a decade ago. Like the car a hundred years before it, and even the electric light bulb and moveable type before that, innovation reared its head and directed this new Internet innovation toward bettering lives and making money.

However, the story of how the Internet and business […]

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What is typically expected of me when I qualify in a Big 4 firm?

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In this blog post Heather Townsend shares an exclusive extract from the 2nd edition of ‘How to make partner and still have a life’ (Click here for a free sample chapter) to show what is typically expected from you when you qualify in a Big 4 firm.

In chapter 14 of ‘How to make partner and still have […]

Capgemini details corporations’ approach to innovation

Jerome Buvat

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Capgemini Consulting and Altimeter have released an update to their report from June 2015 detailing how corporations around the world approach innovation and the location of ‘hubs’ where organizations are gathering and building innovation centers.  New innovation centers from financial services companies dot the landscape as the industry competes against Fintech startups, with 42% […]

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Internal Audit At A Crossroads According To Report

Terry Hatherell

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

The Deloitte research report – “Evolution or irrelevance? Internal Audit at a crossroads”    finds that more than half of Chief Audit Executives are not satisfied that their internal audit groups have the skills and expertise to deliver on stakeholder expectations. As well, 16 percent of respondents believe Internal Audit has little to no impact […]

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Autonomic and Cognitive Technologies Get Boost From Deloitte and IPsoft

Jonathan Crane

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

A new alliance between Deloitte and IPsoft  will develop go-to-market strategies and consulting services  around IPsoft’s autonomic and cognitive solutions – IPcenter and Amelia.  Deloitte will add their consulting expertise to the mix in the hope of establishing industry-focused solutions to resolve known IT pain points for clients. IPsoft’s Chief Commercial Officer Jonathan Crane, supplied us […]

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6 ways in which what clients (really) want has changed

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Many years ago, I gave a conference speech on client service. The audience was full of accountants and lawyers, and as part of my preparation, I had asked some of their clients how they would define great service.

The replies were not surprising:

being accessible and responsive
being proactive and taking the initiative
giving value for money
initiating timely conversations – particularly around fees
being personable […]

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PwC’s Work-life 3.0: Understanding How We’ll Work Next

Justin Sturrock

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

To understand the future of work, PwC looked at the shifting dynamics and the state of jobs presently as well as where they appear to be going. Work-life 3.0: Understanding How We’ll Work Next also looked at the ways employers can get the most from tomorrow’s workforce. Justin Sturrock, partner, people & organization leader, PwC, […]

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How to build rapport with a prospect during the sales process

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Rapport is a key ingredient to succeeding in making a sale. It’s not something you can force, but it certainly can be nurtured. In this article, I explain how you can develop rapport with potential clients.

To start with: What is rapport?

You are ‘in rapport’ with someone when the relationship between you is harmonious and understanding.  It starts to develop when […]

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Biggest Obstacle To Going Public Is Timing The Market: Deloitte Poll

Heather Gates

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

A new poll from Deloitte  reports over  one-third of companies see timing the market as the largest issue  when considering an initial public offering (IPO). Conducted during a “Deloitte Dbriefs” webcast zeroing in on today’s market and legislative environment for IPOs, the poll  queried 3,000 executives across a variety of industries. Mohana Dissanayake, partner and […]

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Not Just Another Brick In The Wall

Paul C Palmer

By Rob Starr, Content Manager.

Every successful company has more than a few pieces to the completed puzzle and the people are always an invaluable part of their good fortunes. The folks they bring on often have a wealth of life experiences that help to shape their professional lives and quite often it’s these personal backstories that have fueled professional […]

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#AFSFedPulse compiles wish list for govt apps and mobile services

Kathy Conrad

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Governments are investing in digital and deploying interactive, analytic and mobile capabilities to better engage people. But do priorities align with citizen expectations? What’s more important to the average person: cutting costs or being on the cutting edge? Kathy Conrad, Director of Digital Government at Accenture Federal Services, helped us understand the findings from a […]

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EY gets conversational

David Nichols

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

EY is preparing for conversational commerce – intelligent, conversational messaging experiences for customer self-service . The technology enables transactions through conversations on messaging and voice interfaces. It resolves common requests and allows for self-service with a combination of machine learning and automation. The platforms better service consumers and reduce costs. David Nichols, EY […]

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Leaving U.S. “Bubble” Rekindles Democratic Spirit For Entrepreneur

Dana Buchawiecki

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Like a lot of other interesting and novel ideas, the impetus for the innovative website sprung from an unusual source.

“Being  a part of Hurricane Katrina lit the fuse for something bigger,” founder and CEO  Dana Buchawiecki says from Dubai where he’s currently  the Director Middle East and Africa MV Global Transport Logistics.

“The fire […]

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