In this series we’re spotlighting a different MWM team member each month, so you can get to know the team a little better. Say hello to Accountant, Mitch Calley.
“Anyone in business knows that each day is different to the last, and the same goes at MWM Advisory. There is always a new challenge to overcome, which makes each day exciting. We have a great team here all working towards a common goal, which is to provide a service to clients that is paramount to what the market currently offers. We are constantly working on how our goal can be achieved, and it is an exciting time to be part of the MWM team as we continue to grow and develop.”
Tell us a bit about your role…
My title at MWM is accountant, however the role involves more than just crunching numbers.
Outside of the tax compliance (tax returns, financial statements, BAS etc.), we provide a broad range of services, from business planning and strategies, benchmarking, business valuations and due diligence to succession and estate planning, plus everything in between.
So, no two days are the same here at MWM and that is fine with me!
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
Without a doubt it is communication. Both internally and externally.
It is something that we really work hard on at MWM.
We all communicate in different ways and we spend the time developing a clear understanding of how each client and each team member communicates best, however and whenever we can.
Effective communication doesn’t just help in building strong relationships, it also assists us to produce work that is of a high quality, efficient and achieves the outcome that the client is looking for.
We don’t always get it right (who does?), but we are always working on it and improving our techniques for good communication. We never stop learning.
Are accountants misunderstood?
Yes and no.
It is true that we love numbers and detail. However, we aren’t as ‘boring’ as we are made out to be.
We have such a diverse and interesting group of people here at MWM who all have a great story to tell.
One of the main reasons I became an accountant in the first place was because I love meeting new people and building relationships.
I believe that one of the best ways of building rapport with anyone is to take the time to ask them an extra question about themselves, because everyone loves talking about themselves.
Whether it be about their kids, travelling, sport, or even what they got up to on the weekend, everyone has a fun or interesting story to tell…. Even accountants!
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is…
“To grow in life, be willing to suffer.”
This is a quote by David Goggins. I suggest you look him up if you don’t know who he is.
I read his book over the summer in 2018/2019 and it has stuck with me ever since. I cannot say that I live by this advice every single day, however I certainly agree that if you ever want to grow, learn, develop as a person, then you have to be willing to make some sacrifices in order to achieve your goals and ambitions.