A little while ago, I was asked to write a short piece on 'Tips for a better work-life balance for accountants'. My eldest, idly glancing away from his Xbox screen snorted "tips for a better work-life for accountants? Yeah, don't be an accountant!".
"Very funny son" I responded, "but to be honest, I love being an accountant". I didn't wait to hear his response, but instead, headed to my desk and penned a few thoughts. Whether or not the piece made it to the press, I do not know, but having read it again, it seemed to me to apply to many different vocations and not just the exciting world of accountancy. I therefore thought I would share it:
Delegation. Get a well trained team around you, and delegate the work wherever and whenever possible. Ensure though that you allow those to whom you delegate the freedom to take ownership of the task and report back within an agreed timescale without any unnecessary interference from you.
Manage Customer Expectations. Give realistic timescales. Let customers know when you will be able to complete the piece of work and stick to it.