Over the past few days, I’ve had around a dozen 1-2-1 meetings with clients. We chatted not just about their business, but also about their lives – their goals, dreams & ambitions. Some of these meetings were in our office; some in cafes over delicious coffee & cake. Some were at their place. Some on … Continue reading The core skills of a 21st Century Accountant
We published a blog post at Ashton McGill recently about the insights we'd gained in our first year as an accounting business. The key takeaway was that if you're going to build a truly successful business then you need to get the right foundations in place. It's just like building a house, and in this case … Continue reading Getting the foundations in place
Big changes on the running front this week - I have a new coach! Say hi to Steve Bonthrone. Throughout my sporting life, I've always had a coach. Someone to guide me through the sport. To help me get better. To teach me. I've been running for 4 years now (although I skipped 2016 for … Continue reading Hey Coach!
I've not written much about my running since completing the Loch Ness marathon back in September 2017. However, I've trained consistently since then and have a big year ahead in 2019. I plan to share the journey to my second marathon, which I'll run in Frankfurt at the end of October. I had a bit … Continue reading A (belated) running update
At the start of the year we announced a change to the way we provide support to clients at Ashton McGill. Since our launch in late August 2017, Slack has been our platform of choice for client engagement. It's dynamic, fluid, and allows for rapid responses to client queries. In the 'Open' Channels, clients will … Continue reading Why we’ve moved our support from Slack to Zendesk
I was born on 18th March, 1969 (yes, I'll be 50 in a few months time). My parents christened me Alasdair Iain McGill, and for 40 of the years I've been on this planet, people have known me as Alasdair. Then social media happened. I joined Twitter in 2008, and after a few months of … Continue reading Hello, my name is Alasdair
As anyone who reads this blog will know, competitive sports has been a big part of my life. After 10 years of cycle racing, I transitioned to running in 2017, but the way we approach training for both sports is similar. Most people will follow what's called a periodised training programme. At a macro level, … Continue reading Finding the flow…..
Yesterday I did my first half marathon of the year, and it was the most fun I've ever had doing a race! The reason? I ran it with my daughter Rebecca. Becs did the Big Half in London earlier this year, and decided to enter Edinburgh. I was working in London last week, so as … Continue reading Running for fun (and PBs!)
On Saturday evening we went to hear my good friend Lauren Currie speak at the University of Dundee. Lauren is one of the people who've inspired me on my journey in the world of design over the last decade, so it's always a delight to see her. When she introduces herself on stage she'll typically … Continue reading Believe in Better
It's been a week of talking about paper. Specifically, organisations that continue to insist on printing & sending information to customers, whether they like it or not. In 2018 there's really no excuse for doing that. The common refrain is, "well, we've always done it like that". However that doesn't mean you should be. Last … Continue reading Let’s talk about paper