Why getting a bunch of professionals around a table once a month challenges, educates and guides.

 In Business, Business Development, Financial, Personal, Social media

Every month or so we get a bunch of professionals around a table for a less than conventional networking event.

You see at this event (called Cervello inner circle) we set up a written case study (you can see the last one here) and talk about how particular professionals would potentially help the same individual.

There’s typically a lot of agreement but there’s also differences of opinion and those differences of opinion bloom into a debate about what questions we can ask as professionals which might truly get us to understand what a client wants to achieve.

At our inner circle events we’ve had lawyers across all disciplines, HR consultants, Business coaches, Management accountants, Tax accountants,  Mortgage advisers and Insurance specialists all with their own particular personal perspective on how they’d help a client…

…and the majority of the time the difference in opinion is about perspective. However sometimes, and really rarely, the difference in opinion is technical in nature…

Yesterday we ran one of our inner circles events and something interesting happened. An accountant who I like, respect and know really knows her stuff had a little disagreement…

You see her understanding is that contributions into a pension are subject to an earnings limit….and this is right if it’s an individual contribution.

However contributions into a pension from an employer, particularly for directors of a limited company are different, as these are based on ‘wholly and exclusively’ rules which allow you to potentially contribute more into a pension scheme than the accountant realised….particularly for directors of companies who pay themselves low salaries and high dividends.

Now apologies if I’ve gone a bit technical….the important point I wanted to make was as follows…

We all learn. We never stop learning. We can’t expect to be experts on everything…

That’s why it’s never been more important to surround yourself with people you can trust who are experts in particular areas…

…That’s why despite the differences in opinion we believe that continuing to run forums where we have this sort of debate is really important…

…and why we’ll carry on running events where we can continue to debate.

Because regardless of the differences in opinion, the debates, and the clarification of technical knowledge…

…We’ve all got the ability to learn, develop and grow as well as consider other perspectives.

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