Working Together Effectively
Unintentionally, the concept of working together effectively seems to be a theme running through our articles this week. Whether you're trying to incorporate your teenage children into your workplace (because you just don't get enough of them in the off hours), create a sense of camaraderie amongst multiple generations who find themselves tossed together in the same office, or just encourage each other to better yourselves by staying fit, the end result is, startlingly, the same.
We all need to make it through the days, earn a living, help those around us who are trying to fit in, maintain our sense of well-being, get the job done, believe in the team, and, at the end of the day, prosper together. For every company, the accomplishment of these goals takes different forms. For CPA firms, leaving personal issues behind and presenting a unified professional appearance to clients is paramount. But in any company, when you get to your desk or your counter or your jobsite at the start of the day, it's all about the team. If there are cracks in the foundation, fix them, or suffer the consequences.
Perry is a CPA and a former senior tax accountant with Big Four firm Deloitte. She maintains a small tax practice, she is a personal finance instructor, and the author of thirty books, including Surviving Financial Downsizing: A Practical Guide to Living Well on Less Income (Adams Media); QuickBooks on Demand (Que); Excel 2007 Macros Made Easy (McGraw Hill); The Complete Idiot's Guide to Doing Your Income Taxes (Alpha/MacMillan); and, most recently, Mint.com for Dummies (John Wiley & Sons). In addition, she is a former columnist for the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis News daily newspapers.
Perry is a nationally recognized speaker who advises public accountants on using Internet tools to improve their accounting practices. She also taught a college-level introductory accounting class and was on staff at the Indiana CPA Society as a computer applications instructor. For five years, she was a contributing editor for Accounting Today magazine before taking over the helm at AccountingWEB.
Perry is a graduate of Indiana University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She returned to school to study accounting at Illinois State University, passed the CPA exam (in one sitting!), and worked for Deloitte in the Chicago tax department.
Gail has been named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor magazine and the American Society of Women Accountants.