Part 1 of a 7 part podcast series with Jason Cunningham, CPA about The 7 Key Ingredients of Business Success which is based on Jason’s book Have Your Cake and Sell it too. Today’s topic will explore how strategy plays a part in how to create a successful business including discussing what is strategy and how to create a strategic plan.
A discussion with Melville Yates, the director for reporting and red tape reduction at the ACNC about the recent achievements of the ACNC in red tape reduction. The discussion considers recent changes to laws and regulations in some States and Territories that will result in more streamlined compliance requirements for charities and other NFPs. We also consider the future plans of the ACNC as it continues to work towards fulfilling its objective of reducing red tape for charities.
Craig Blair, who is responsible for oversight of SMSF Auditors at the ATO, talks to Claire Grayston at CPA Australia about the ATO’s SMSF auditor compliance program findings for the 2016-2017 year. Craig discusses the outcomes from the ATO’s focus on low cost auditors and sole practitioners who provide both tax advice or accounting services to SMSFs as well as the audit. He also identifies the ATO’s focusses for 2017/2018, how the ATO is identifying high risk auditors and highlights ways in which the ATO are seeking to work co-operatively with SMSF trustees and their auditors. The recent Super changes present new risks for SMSF auditors, including low cost SMSF audits that are seen as high risk by the ATO and may trigger an inspection. Craig explains what auditors need to look out for in their 30 June 2017 year end audits.
Host: Claire Grayston, Policy Adviser - Audit & Assurance, CPA Australia
Guest: Craig Blair, Director - Superannuation, ATO
In this episode we hear from motivational speaker, author and mind coach, Anthony Bonnici, who helps us take the complexity and fear out of inﬂuence. Dale Carnegie wrote How to Win Friends & Inﬂuence People in 1936. A lot has changed in the 80 years since that book was written, but people still need to inﬂuence others. We need to sell things. We need to persuade people. We need to get our point across. Anthony was sick of people thinking that inﬂuence skills were a “soft” skill. Tired of people associating some out of date, “used car salesman” association of inﬂuence and persuasion as tacky or subversive. Frustrated by witnessing really intelligent people fall ﬂat on their face when they attempted to get their point across. This episode will provide insights, knowledge and skills to inﬂuence broadly, authentically and purposefully.
A great illustration for rational arguments can be found in the dying minutes of a World Cup soccer final – imagine you’re selected to kick for goal in a penalty shootout to decide the game. Where do you aim? Left? Right? Or the centre? Before you decide let’s look at the facts. Statistical data tell us that if you kick the ball to the left, the goalie will jump to his right, thus blocking your shot, 57 per cent of the time. If you kick the ball to the right, the goalie will be there 41 per cent of the time. But, if you choose to kick it to the centre, the same stats show that the goalie will only be there 2 per cent of the time. So where do you kick the ball? The centre, where the odds are clearly in you favour? Most don’t, with only 17 per cent of penalty goals kicked to the centre. In business we have to choose where to kick the ball. But, even when we’re armed with the facts we don’t always follow rational arguments.
Presenter: Bri Williams CPA, Principal Consultant, People Patterns
Recorded at CPA Australia Congress on Monday 29 September, 2014 in Sydney, NSW.