Accounting Influencers Roundtable


Motivation in Accountancy with Michael Quigley

The Influencers in Accounting Podcast interviews Michael Quigley on the different ways to inspire and motivate accounting professionals.

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Episode 8. In today’s interview, “Motivation in Accountancy with Michael Quigley.”

Michael Quigley is a former teacher with an extensive experience of teaching, coaching and leadership, coupled with an enduring passion for fitness, wellbeing and growing people. He is a published author and regular blogger as well as the creator of online professional and personal development courses with his company Kataholos. His online learning platform empowers over professionals with e learning courses on stress, health and communication skills.

Key takeaways from this episode include:

➼ why the combination of people and tech means accounting is an exciting space right now

➼ what brings accountants closer to their clients in challenging times

➼ the importance of motivation for career and performance in a profession like accountancy

➼ what intrinsic motivation gives accounting professionals who want to stay relevant and competitive

➼ what will happen to the accountants and CPAs who are unable or unqilling to develop their skills

➼ the dangers for accountants of thinking reactively or retroactively

➼ the five types of motivation that accountants, CPAs and bookkeepers should be aware of

➼ the role of softer skills and not technical credentials that differentiates many accountants

➼ how accounting leaders and managers can motivate their people to do things they don’t want to do

➼ what goes wrong with motivations and why promises like new year resolutions mostly fail

➼ the flaws for accountants in trying to motivate themselves by copying others

➼ two different attitudes or mindsets for accounting professionals to walk into a room

➼ what makes many accounting types ‘situational extroverts’ vz introverts

➼ how competence breeds confidence for professionals like accountants and CPAs

➼ the role of motivation for accountants in passing exams, going for promotions and handling big client workloads

➼ why accountants like frameworks, scripts, steps and processes to achieve more in life and work

➼ the upsides of practicing in private what needs to happen in public for accountants and CPAs

➼ the faulty thinking when it comes to comfort zones and what accountants can learn about growing

➼ the merits of a healthy culture and a strong learning environment in accounting firms

➼ two valuable pieces of advice for accountants who want to ‘raise their game’

Check out this interview with Stephen Hamlet and Michael Quigley at International Accounting Forum 2022

Outside of work, Michael is a keen musician, playing several instruments and playing in a rock band. He is fluent in Spanish and has a spanish speaking podcast, Comida para el viaje. He is a keen traveller, and loves to keep fit, regularly setting himself physical challenges to raise money for various charitable causes each year.

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❷ Insights in Accounting – TUESDAYS. The best news, analysis, commercial awareness, news under microscope, podcast mentions and recommendations.

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❹ Best Practice in Accounting – THURSDAYS. Practice development, growth, management, consulting, examples, stories and practical here’s what works stuff for accountants, bookkeepers and the fintech/software people who serve them.

❺ UK Matters in Accounting – FRIDAYS. A UK focused show featuring UK related topics, news items, events and interviews.

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