Insight article

Certain things don’t change

About two years ago, I stopped work as a partner, then globe-trotter, for Deloitte (or was it as self-powered carry-on baggage for BA?) but found I didn’t like it. The next two years of sleeping late, failing miserably to improve my golf handicap and gardening provided little challenge. Indeed, some will understand that the golf challenge bordered on depression! I needed a more significant objective in my life.

When Scorpio crossed Sagittarius last year, the juxtaposition of the opportunity of an interesting challenge and the bills for my daughter’s wedding led me to The Storytellers.

This is what I have learnt so far:

  • I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to return to getting up at 6:30 am when interested and motivated;
  • An accountant of nearly 40 years can fit in with a young, vibrant company of media people, most of whom were not yet born when he qualified, and share his experience for the general good;
  • I must be non-threatening and supportive; I may think I know – even know, I know – best, but better to take time to explain ‘why’ than lay down the law and move on.
  • Management and leadership style might change, along with workplace attitudes as new generations come in and consumer demand and technology force widespread culture change. But, from an accountant’s point of view, one thing never changes; chase the cash, because cash is king!

Nailia Tasseel