Author: Oliver Gearing
I'm a blogging Chartered Accountant from Hertfordshire, UK.

I’m a Fraud! – recognising and dealing with Impostor Syndrome

Have you ever worried that you’re not good enough? Are your achievements down to luck and you’re just waiting to be found out as a fraud? Have you recently been promoted, and are struggling to shake the feeling that you’re

Watch out for bad KPIs

Metrics are everywhere these days. Data is a way of life, and we expect to get it! But what happens when it’s used badly? I recently took a trip to London with my son, and was waiting at a bus

4 things to consider about Justin Gatlin

Ok, so drug cheating is wrong. Athletics has been marred by drug cheats for as long as we can remember. And now Justin Gatlin has beaten Usain Bolt in the 2017 World Athletics Championships, it gives us all a cathartic

Why eating pie makes you do better at work

OK, so it’s not about eating pie. P-I-E stands for: Performance Image Exposure In 1996, an author called Harvey Coleman came up with this model to give a clear and actionable view on how to get ahead at work. This

5 reasons why Brexit might not have such a massive impact on your life

I’m an optimistic guy, so here are my 5 reasons why the Brexit vote might not have such a massive impact. If you agree with me, then please share on social media with your buddies… What does a vote “Leave”

What is next for the UK following Brexit?

Wow, what a day. If you’re like me you’ve had very little sleep and are struggling to believe that the UK has voted to leave the European Union. To be fair, I got this one wrong…. I predicted a Remain

Why should I believe the opinion polls? The Scotland evidence.

Scotland held a referendum in September 2014 over their independence from the United Kingdom. An eventual “No” vote by 55% of the population was the outcome, but were the opinion polls any good at predicting this? And what does this

What do the UK import and export statistics mean for the Brexit debate?

Are you undecided on the EU referendum debate, and unsure how you will vote? Check out my analysis of the UK import / export data, and perhaps you’ll become closer to a decision. If you find the following helpful, please

How to be great at budgeting – Assumptions

As a management accountant or finance professional a core skill is forecasting and budgeting. My mini-series offers tips and tricks to help you improve your skills in this area. We’re on step 3 here, if you want a recap of

How to be great at budgeting – Communication

Budgeting is all about managing expectations, so it’s probably no great surprise that communication is a major tool is delivering an awesome budget. We previously looked at timelines in a previous post, also you read my intro to this series

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