Nick Muir, Managing Partner of MGR Chartered Accountants
Nick Muir is Managing Partner of MGR, a London based accounting and business consulting firm with 100 staff specialising in entertainment, healthcare, media, retail and property. He is a musician on the side and is the drummer in a hard rock band called Zero City, playing everything from Thin Lizzy to the Kings of Leon. He own six drum kits! His favourite quote is “It's better to do a dull thing with style than a dangerous thing without it” (Charles Bukowski). Shownotes:
Where managing partners of large accounting firms start their journey - in a heavy metal rock band
The one thing he would have done differently if he could 'do it all again'
The very best source of new knowledge, help, support and advice for leaders and future leaders
What it means to get out of your comfort zone and 'punch above your weight'
The number one that leadership of a large professional firm is really about
Tips for separating work life and personal life as leader of a professional firm
How becoming a leader can take you away from what you love doing the most
A real life example of how delegating work as a leader gives people a chance to shine
How being a perfectionist undermines being a leader
Why seeking consensus might not be a good way to go in making high level decisions
How to drive through unusual or controversial ideas as a leader
Why recovery rates in professional firms should not be a primary measure of performance
The implications for accounting firms of having an advanced age profile of owners
How accounting firm leaders cope with change, and sometimes not well
What stops younger partners and future leaders stepping up into more senior roles
The biggest challenge facing accounting firms who want to grow
The need for all accountants to get better at client care
The steps required for accounting firms to properly move into the advisory space
How a professional firm might move away from billable hours and time-based charging
Why talent is critical for growth and why it's so difficult to recruit well in a professional firm
What's really required to bring in the best talent to work for your accounting firm
The number one piece of advice for aspiring leaders in professional firms
https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-muir/ (Contact Nick on LinkedIn)
What's it like leading a large or progressive accounting firm? Whether you head up a specific function (like BD, marketing, IT, HR etc), a location (office, city, region), a department (team, project) or the whole organisation, you know what it's like to be in charge.
The Accounting Leaders Podcast features Insightful interviews with leaders in large accountancy or CPA firms. Topics of discussion include vision, strategy, value, leadership, succession, growth, success, legacy, culture, positioning, branding, differentiation, mindset, technology, recruitment, trends, disrupters, opportunities.
engagement, influence and reputation.
✓ What makes a top performer or promotable accountant in a large firm?
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✓ What are the trends, stats and critical issues shaping large accounting firms?
Firm-wide leaders, managing partners, CEOs, heads of functions and similar don't always have a voice outside their firms. Very few people know or ask them about their journey, their philosophies, their influences and their goals. This is an opportunity for them to share their story, who has influenced them, what they've learned from both successes and failures, and what keeps them going.
Show host Rob Brown is founder of the Business Development Academy, which trains accountants to be more confident, effective and strategic work winners. More at https://bdacademy.pro
He is the creator the 90 Day Accounting BD Accelerator™ which transforms experienced, new & prospective partners in accounting firms to win more business using Choice Based Business Development™ - an unusual but extremely effective BD coaching method for accountants.
He is the bestselling author of Build Your Reputation (Wiley) and his TED talk ‘The Personal Brand of You' has been viewed over 200K times on Youtube.
Rob is also host of another accountancy show - the popular Accounting Influencers podcast. With over 100 episodes recorded, this show interviews top accounting global influencers about particular areas of expertise that are relevant to accountants in practice. Some guests are experts serving accounting firms (commentators, authors, coaches, trainers and consultants). Others are suppliers, vendors or strategic partners to accounting.
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Personally, Rob is based in Nottingham UK, home of Robin Hood. he lives with his wife Amanda and two daughters Georgia and Madison. He a committed Christian, a black belt in kickboxing, enjoys backgammon, loves chocolate orange and is allergic to grapefruit.
To talk about being a guest on the Accounting Leaders podcast or explore how the BD Academy might help your firm, reach out to Rob Brown on LinkedIn or Twitter @therobbrown.