Insights from a Global Network of Accountants & Lawyers - Accounting Influencers

Episode 11

Published on:

22nd Jul 2018

Insights from a Global Network of Accountants & Lawyers

Tim Wilson OBE is CEO of MSI Global Alliance, a 28 year old association of over 250 independent law and accounting firms in over 100 countries. He leads a small team based in London which facilitates networking opportunities worldwide for MSI’s members.

Before becoming CEO of MSI, Tim worked in the charity sector and before that was an Army officer serving on several operations worldwide, receiving an OBE for leadership in Iraq.

He is married with 3 children and is a keen sportsman; he bobsleighed and played rugby and polo in his youth and now cycles and runs.

In just 25 minutes, you’ll hear all of these great insights into successful accounting firms:

  • Reasons why an accounting firm might join an international network
  • What separates MSI Global from other accounting networks
  • The power of referrals from firms in different geographical locations
  • The big difference between accountants and lawyers when it comes to serving clients and winning new work
  • The TWO BIG THINGS that separates the good from the great firms
  • Exactly what a client focus looks like in a top accounting firm
  • How sector specific expertise benefits an accounting firm
  • The biggest challenge accounting firms face if they want to grow
  • Understand, embrace, exploit and adapt – the four vital phases of success for accounting firms to deal with the threats and opportunities presented by technology
  • Where the opportunities are for large accounting firms who want growth over coming years
  • The importance of recruiting for soft skills and emotional intelligence for accounting firms wishing to grow
  • How can you be a trusted advisor without empathy
  • How millennials are affecting the talent pool for large accounting firms
  • Good accountants need soft skills as well as technical expertise. But can these be trained or are you born with them?
  • What’s coming up for accounting firms
  • How the robots and the humans will work together in coming years
  • Which is easier, commanding a regiment or commanding an international network of accountants and lawyers?
  • There’s a different world out there – it’s a multicultural world where one size does not fit all
  • How a knowledge of military strategy helps run a global professional services network
  • The road to character – are you on the right path? Are you more concerned with your career or your eulogy?
  • The power of networking to create a wealth of opportunities for business and career.
  • The vision for MSI Global – being relevant and enhancing value for their accounting and legal clients around the world

…and much more!

To contact Tim: 020 7583 7000

Twitter: @msi_global

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Extra bio: Tim served for 28 years in the British Army, leaving early as a Colonel in 2012 to become Director of Membership of Abbeyfield, an international care home provider. Broad international experience borne out of living and operating in Europe, the Middle East and the Balkans. Has worked extensively at the strategic and operational levels.

He has highly developed communication skills, strong initiative and a creative and imaginative thinker. A team player who leads by example, with integrity, energy and a strong work ethic.

Specialities: Leadership; change management; people; training; infrastructure development; international environments.

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About the Podcast

Accounting Influencers
Insights, interviews and commentary for accounting, CPA, bookkeeping and finance professionals
ACCOUNTING INFLUENCERS is a weekly podcast for accountants, CPAs, bookkeeping and finance professionals, together with the networks, associations, fintech vendors and influencers who lead them, work in them and serve them.

The show is hosted by Rob Brown. co-founder of the Accounting Influencers Roundtable (AIR). The style of the show is not overly technical/technological/tax in nature but more on people, performance and success in the accounting world. Popular topics and themes covered include:

☑ leadership, executive presence, trust, integrity & reputation
☑ M&A, business models, future proofing, drivers of change & disruption
☑ performance, values, culture, vision & strategy
☑ employer brand, gen z/millennials & talent - succession, recruitment and retention
☑ industry trends, statistics and patterns
☑ growth, marketing, differentiation & positioning
☑ pricing & profitability
☑ digitisation, cloud, technology & automation
☑ advisory services, niches & emerging markets
☑ environmental & social governance ESG
☑ diversity, equity & inclusion DEI
☑ professionalism, career development & CPE/CPD
☑ business acumen & commercial awareness

Sources and guests come from:
★ EXPERTS - influencers, disrupters, consultants, gurus, podcasters and broadcasters in accounting and fintech
★ EVENTS - live coverage and interviews from exhibitions, conferences and a range of industry events
★ MEDIA - newspapers, online outlets, commentators, writers, bloggers and authors
★ VENDORS - suppliers and providers of accounting apps, platforms, fintech and software
★ REGULATORS - professional accounting bodies, institutes and associations
★ NETWORKS - alliances, associations, networks and communities of professional firms and accounting practices
★ SOCIAL MEDIA - opinion pieces, high engagement posts and controversial conversations

Rob Brown is a renowned presenter, facilitator and chair of high level conferences, panels and events globally for the accounting and fintech profession. He is retained by many professional networks, alliances, associations, practices and vendors to chair their events and provide high-level interview content for their communities.

He is a dynamic speaker and accomplished expert on trust, reputation, employer brand, talent, career development, succession, gen z/generations, executive presence, referrals, networking and winning new business. He is also the bestselling author of Build Your Reputation (Wiley) and his TEDx talk ‘The Personal Brand of You’ has been viewed 320K times on YouTube.
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Martin Bissett

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Martin Bissett is the founder of the Bissett Group of companies that provide practice and personal growth communities, content, and continuing education exclusively to the accounting and bookkeeping professions worldwide.

Previously he established a high six-figure consulting firm while serving as a keynote speaker with over 100 one-off and repeat engagements to his name, as well as becoming the most published author on his topics of specialism with 11 books including 1 bestseller.

Since 1998, he has played a major part in working with over 1800 accounting firms in over 40 countries. These projects have led to those firms acquiring over £500m of recurring fees before inflationary increases, referrals and upselling are factored in. He stopped keeping track of this number over 5 years ago. Martin now advises both accounting practitioners and FinTech companies alike, at board level.

Rob Brown

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Rob Brown is a renowned MC, facilitator and chair of virtual and in-person panels, conferences and events globally for the accounting and fintech profession.

Rob is co-founder of the Accounting Influencers Roundtable (AIR) mastermind group and co-hosts the world’s most popular accounting and fintech podcast: Accounting Influencers.

Throughout the pandemic, he chaired 24 virtual panels with leaders of global accounting networks and alliances to discuss the key issues and challenges. Rob is retained by several associations and vendors to chair their events and provide high-level interview content for their communities.

He is the bestselling author of Build Your Reputation (Wiley) and his TEDx talk ‘The Personal Brand of You’ has been viewed 300K times on YouTube.