16 episodes

‘The Authentic Advisor’ interviews are packed with practical ideas, insights, and frank observations on what works (and what does not) when delivering high performance business advisory. Mindshop’s Managing Director, James Mason interviews senior independent and professional service firm business advisors from across the world. Exploring important advisory topics from creating leverage and building capability to marketing advisory services and how to be the best problem solver in the room, this podcast series is a ‘must listen’ for those who want to set themselves apart in a cluttered market.

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‘The Authentic Advisor’ interviews are packed with practical ideas, insights, and frank observations on what works (and what does not) when delivering high performance business advisory. Mindshop’s Managing Director, James Mason interviews senior independent and professional service firm business advisors from across the world. Exploring important advisory topics from creating leverage and building capability to marketing advisory services and how to be the best problem solver in the room, this podcast series is a ‘must listen’ for those who want to set themselves apart in a cluttered market.

    Family business succession planning, an advisors' guide to having challenging conversations

    Family business succession planning, an advisors' guide to having challenging conversations

    Often for the head of a family business, work is intrinsic to their sense of self, the foundation of their relationships, status and position in the community and the question of succession planning is one that's avoided until too late. Harry Kras has been facilitating in the challenging but rewarding family business niche for over 25 years and he shares his story, approach and insights with Mindshop’s James Mason in this fascinating podcast. Listen to Harry's thoughts on what it takes to be a great family business facilitator, why trust and communication are key and what a great opportunity advisors have to make a difference in this space.

    • 26 min
    Attraction and retention of the best talent

    Attraction and retention of the best talent

    Attraction and retention of good staff is already a challenge. Then add an alleged post-pandemic 'great resignation' and it's looking insurmountable. One firm going against the tide is US firm Herbein + Co, Inc enjoying low turnover rates and high levels of unsolicited employment applications in contrast to many in the accounting world. In this podcast, Herbein's Managing Partner David Stonesifer shares the strategies and culture making a difference in their firm with Mindshop Founder and Chairman Dr Chris Mason. Dave talks about the importance of mutual respect, having an understanding that sometimes life gets in the way and why being a 'destination employer' is about giving employees a voice, getting professional accountants to do the talking and maybe handing out a swag or two.

    • 24 min
    Purpose beyond profit, connecting with your local community

    Purpose beyond profit, connecting with your local community

    For Neil Sinclair and the team at WK Advisors and Accountants based in New Zealand's South Island, the concept of community purpose is more than 'ticking a box' as part of their strategic plan, it's part of who they are and is in the firm's DNA. Talking to Mindshop's Managing Director, James Mason, Neil shares how the 'WK Effect' evolved from a genuine desire to help the local community to becoming a lighthouse guiding everything they do, and every decision they make.


    Neil talks about the unexpected (but not unwelcome) side benefits of this philosophy, from building awareness and attracting quality staff, to prospects announcing that they 'want to be like the clients in the video'. WK has used advisory services as a vehicle for staff to help local sporting clubs and charities for which they have a passion. The result is not only rewarding careers through connection with the local community but a real chance to make the region a better place to live, work and play.

    • 21 min
    Virtual productivity insights for independent advisors

    Virtual productivity insights for independent advisors

    Paul Hopwood hasn't had a face to face meeting in 18 months and that's the way he (and his clients) like it. Mindshop Expert, chartered accountant, and independent advisor of over 20 years, Paul talks to Mindshop's James Mason about the lack of downsides to working virtually, (apart from the toll on your eyesight). Working with over 60 retainer-based clients, Paul reveals how he has increased his productivity 400% and suggests virtual training and coaching are actually better than face to face. Learn what technology, tools and processes Paul uses and what he's going to revert to (or not) when we get back to 'normality' in this thought-provoking podcast.

    • 25 min
    Beyond the numbers, bringing your team on a business advisory journey

    Beyond the numbers, bringing your team on a business advisory journey

    Business advisory conversations come naturally to some. But bringing a wider accounting team with differing levels of interest and aptitude on an advisory journey requires structure, tenacity and planning to successfully turn informal chats into commercialised services. Wendy Davies, Director Business Advisory at Nexia Perth, Australia talks to Mindshop's Managing Director about busy accountants, why 'taking your own medicine' is key to confidence and how to enthuse and educate your team. Sharing tips on building problem solving skills, Wendy talks about blending advisory into compliance delivery at the individual level to accelerate referrals, ensure authenticity and engage with clients on a deeper level.

    • 24 min
    Overcoming mindset barriers

    Overcoming mindset barriers

    This compelling episode charts Angela Grogan's successful journey from taking shorthand as a receptionist to becoming partner of an accounting firm and then making a leap of faith to go out on her own as an independent business advisor. Angela reveals how having a great mindset helped her overcome challenges of juggling family and the risks of setting up on her own to achieve her goal of becoming an integral part of her clients' businesses. Touching on practical ways advisors can overcome typical mindset barriers of being 'too busy' and 'lacking capacity' so they can break the habits holding them back, Angela talks about the importance of energy, overcoming the 'imposter syndrome' and how to surround yourself with the 'right' people for success. A great listen for anyone wanting to be inspired by some entrepreneurial spirit.

    • 21 min

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