Episode 74: Paul Barnes Resources


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Like any firm, yours isn’t perfect. Your firm, like any firm, has team members who want to progress their careers and become better at what they do. And as they get better, your firm gets better as well.

The old adage that, if you don't grow your people, you won't grow your practice, is as plain and obvious as the nose on your face.

It was a real privilege to welcome Paul Barnes from the accountancy firm MAP onto the Humanise The Numbers podcast and to hear the practical and valuable insights that Paul has picked up over the 10 years since starting his firm.

What was remarkable was how open Paul was about the challenges, frustrations and difficulties that he, as a fairly well-recognised accountancy firm leader within the UK, has faced.

It's just brilliant when someone is vulnerable and open and transparent about challenges, as well as about what it is that makes a good, or a great, accountancy firm work.

Paul has built a firm with just 120 clients and 26 team members, and he does an exceptional job of ensuring that each of his clients is receiving deep, crystal-clear insight, either monthly or quarterly, into the financial merits or otherwise of their business.

I believe everyone in the profession would benefit from the insights that Paul shares on this podcast. I found it inspiring that someone would be so open and practical about what you can do to make an accountancy firm successful.

I hope you go to www.humanisethenumbers.online or to your favourite podcast platform and listen in as Paul Barnes shares his insights.

Tweets For This Episode 

1. Listen to this fascinating Humanise The Numbers podcast with Paul Barnes as he discusses the importance to his firm of providing his clients with regular quarterly or monthly information on their businesses.


2. Listen to this podcast discussion with Paul Barnes of MAP. It's an open and honest conversation on the challenges of recruitment and retention of the right people.


3.Listen to this podcast with Paul Barnes of MAP on the importance of systems, processes and checklists to his firm's success.


LinkedIn Posts For This Episode

1. In this review, I'll be sharing the highlights of a fascinating discussion with Paul Barnes of MAP. We covered a wide range of subjects, but one set of things underpins everything at MAP:  systems, processes and checklists. Paul has very high standards when it comes to delivering accuracy and efficiency for his clients, and paramount to this is delivering accurate accounts, allowing Paul and his team to have important value-added conversations.


2. Listen to this podcast discussion with Paul Barnes of MAP. Paul discusses the importance of their client-to-team ratio and how this ratio allows them to be proactive accountants.

When meeting with clients, Paul uses the phrase 'you have to meet the client where they are'. Listen to this podcast to understand what this means and why it is so important to the way Paul and the team work and build relationships with their clients. 


3. Listen to this Humanise The Numbers Podcast with Paul Barnes of MAP. Paul talks about the importance of regular client calls and meetings to the value of the relationships his team have with their clients.

Paul calls the monthly or quarterly check-in service that they deliver 'panoramic accounting', meaning the clients have all-year-round open access to his team, and regular connection and communication are encouraged. Listen here.


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