Behind the Mask talks to Keran McKenzie about Michelle Obama, wanting a mullet (or any hair for that matter) and sharing drinks
Did you not get the memo? Darn I’ll have to talk to accounts about that. I’m currently between gigs :) … how did I get into this space where I operate? Well I’ve always been inquisitive, taking the top of things and seeing how they work. I realised early on that I had the ability to join the dots that others often couldn’t. So now I spend my time helping companies, leadership teams, product teams, business owners join the dots - specifically focused around future technologies and its impact in day to day lives.
Massive opportunity - those who are keen to embrace change and move from traditional models to new client/customer centric models are the ones that will win. I think we are very much at the start of technology revolution of this space and we will see many of the existing services and tools morph or merge and a whole raft of new amazing apps and tools arrive.
The software vendors are all moving - but I don’t think they are moving anywhere near fast enough. They have massive platform and legacy code issues to deal with. New vendors are coming and for me the interesting opportunity here is some very VERY big industry players are entering the accounting space slowly but surely and they will erode the traditional accounting software/bookkeeping space - with this however will come the need for stronger insight, process, activity oriented tools for business and smart bookkeepers and accountants are already moving their products and services away from traditional accounting solution vendors to process, activity and insight focused products - client pleasing products.
Oh, that’s a good one - let’s see … I’ve had the pleasure of sharing drinks with some incredible people around the world, including the Gregg brothers. Umm let’s see, Elon, Jack Ma, Tim Cook … hmm, no I think, I think I’d want to share a drink with Michelle Obama, and I’d just shut up and listen. Michelle is an incredible person who I admire greatly. I’d be comfortable just sitting and sharing a drink with her, I know that whatever she chose to talk about there would be wisdom there for me to learn.
Never stop learning - seriously!
Look for places of impact and plug myself into them - be that creating jobs locally, fostering SME growth, helping in a garden or teaching C-Level how to transform and embrace tomorrow … I just want to make an impact.
Oh and food, wine, coffee - all of that!
See answer to the question above.
What’s next for you, and your business?
I grew up in the deep south of NZ, I struggled at school, I’m a uni-drop out. I led one of NZ’s biggest advertising companies impacting hundreds of thousands of businesses., I helped transform MYOB and the AU/NZ Accounting/Bookkeeping market impacting over a million businesses and now I am looking for a true global play to allow me to impact more and do cool stuff …… or … maybe I’m looking for a way to keep paying the mortgage & having fun in life :)