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How to Walk Your Talk: Leadership and Sponsorship in Action

If you work in an organization, you’ve heard this complaint repeatedly. Leaders and managers say they want change and continuous improvement but their actions do not match their words. The leaders’ exhortations to employees ring false when their subsequent actions contradict their words.
Community News

Planning a Spring Get-Away or Partner Retreat? Think Spa

Every year, spas become more relevant to everyday Americans, as more and more people -- and more and more different types of people -- embrace spas to improve the way they look and feel. Spa Finder is at the very center of this unfolding story, representing the largest network of spas in the world and interacting with the largest audience of spa consumers.
Practice Management

Tips for Small Businesses to Protect Assets This Tax Season

Increased federal and state scrutiny of tax records in 2003 and budget deficits signal changes ahead for the recordkeeping practices of America's small businesses, according to Fiducial, an international provider of professional business and financial services. Fiducial says small businesses must pay close attention to recordkeeping this year, as the IRS steps up its auditing and enforcement efforts to reduce tax fraud and do its part to offset large budget deficits.

Ten Tips For Successful Salary Negotiations

Be persuasive: It's hard to force your boss to increase your compensation, and trying to do so can potentially damage your working relationship. On the other hand, it's much easier to persuade him that it might benefit the organization to pay you more, and that doing so will likely improve the way you deal with each other going forward. Aim high, and be realistic: Many researchers have found a strong correlation between people's aspirations and the results they achieve in negotiation. At the same time, you want to suggest ideas to which your boss can realistically say yes.
Practice Management

Brand Reputation Outranks Financial Performance as Measure of Success

Corporate reputation is a more important measure of success than stock market performance, profitability, and return on investment, according to a survey of some of the world's leading CEOs and organization leaders. Only the quality of products and services edged out reputation as the leading measure of corporate success.The World Economic Forum sent a written survey in December to all 1,500 delegates to the 34th Forum currently underway in Davos, Switzerland.
Technology

IT Departments Failing to Take E-mail Archiving Seriously

Over 52 percent of organizations using Microsoft Exchange are not archiving e-mail -- and another 28 percent don't plan to archive, according to a survey by C2C Systems and Osterman Research, a market research firm that helps organizations understand the markets for messaging, directory and related products and services. The C2C/Osterman survey found that only 19 percent of companies were using an e-mail archiving system with indexing, search and retrieval features.
Practice Management

Leverage Up The Value Ladder

By, Troy A. Waugh, CPA MBA
Practice Management

How to Avoid Getting Burned by Document Forgery

An increasingly common form of fraud involves forging signatures on checks, wills, business forms, property deeds and other important documents.
Education & Careers

Your New Year's Resume Checkup

By Deborah Walker, CCMCLike millions of people coast to coast, you may have resolved to start 2004 with renewed job-search enthusiasm. If it has been a while since you brushed up your old resume, you’ll want to begin your job search with a New Year’s resume check up. These five questions will help you focus your resume for even better results in the new year. Has your career objective changed since your last job search? More specifically, are you attempting to change your industry or profession?
A&A

Report Says Top Execs Failing to Pay Off Company Loans

Many top executives are failing to pay back money they borrowed from their employers before the Sarbanes-Oxley Act stopped the practice 18 months ago, according to a new report.The Corporate Library’s study, released Friday, says the average outstanding loan is $4.7 million for the 44 companies that disclosed the information. The Union Pacific Corp.
Technology

WhitePages.com Smart Tag Now Available on MS Office 2003 and XP

W3 Data, Inc., a leading provider of online directory assistance services and operators of the WhitePages.com Network, announced that their white pages directory search application and contact database has been incorporated into Microsoft Office System's Office 2003 and Office XP.The WhitePages.com Smart Tag provides users of Office 2003 and Office XP with the time-savings task of automatically inserting contact information into their documents and programs -- turning their desktops into a .NET connected smart client.Accessible via free download (at

The Best Shortcut Keys in Microsoft Excel

Ctrl+ZUndoCtrl+C Enter, Ctrl+V Ctrl+XCopy, Paste, Multiple Paste, CutCtrl+F, Ctrl+HFind, Find&ReplaceCtrl+P, Ctrl+S, Ctrl+F4, Alt+F4Print, Save, Close, Close Excel
Community News

Survey: Workers Put Off by Favoritism, Hypocrisy

When employers play favorites among employees or look the other way on some questionable behaviors, they are doing more harm than they realize in an already ethically challenged society. They are setting a tone of unethical leadership within an organization.With most of the attention these days focused on high-level accounting frauds, a recent survey shows that most employees find hypocrisy and favoritism to be the most egregious of workplace ethical breaches.
Technology

The Value of a Marketing Plan

By Noah B.
Tax

Top Ten Most Often Missed Business Tax Deductions

Calling the millions of dollars that is overpaid to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) each year, "a widespread epidemic", the Tax Recovery Group (TRG) is releasing their list of the top ten most often missed business tax deductions. Failing to utilize these deductions accounts for the majority of businesses overpaying their taxes, which, according to statistics, businesses throughout the country overpay their taxes to the sum of millions of dollars each year.
Education & Careers

Insights For a Better Organization During The Coming Year!

Stay flexible. Change will be constant. New opportunities will present themselves. Unexpected challenges will throw themselves at you. Be ready to duck, bob, weave, side step, and hop-scotch. Agility is power. Stay alert to your own environment. Even carefully watching the trends, we can't predict everything that will happen to you and your company. Futurists work at the "30,000 foot" level; corporate leaders operate at the mountain top level. Keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground. Practice "Future Thinking." Always look ahead in everything you do.
Community News

Assess Skills Of Prospective Hires With Project Work

Getting a foot in the door has long been the goal of enterprising job seekers. A new survey shows employers also embrace this approach. Sixty-three percent of chief information officers (CIOs) said it's beneficial for potential new hires to work on a project or contract basis before being offered a full-time position. One in five executives said this strategy was very valuable.The national poll includes responses from more than 1,400 CIOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees.
A&A

Corporate Boards Logged More Time in 2003, Compensation Declines

In the wake of corporate scandals, the new Sarbanes-Oxley law and other governance and accounting requirements, nearly two-thirds of corporate boards of directors spent more time on their duties during the past year, according to the PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Barometer. Despite the added workload, board compensation increased at only 20 percent of companies, and remained the same at 47 percent. The remainder was either uncertain about board compensation or did not report. For those receiving a raise, the average increase was 17.9 percent.
Community News

Four Reasons Clients Complain

Submitted by Troy WaughThrough the years of consulting with accounting firms and helping them deal with client complaints, I have discovered there are four reasons behind these complaints.Employees lack a "Can-do" attitude
Education & Careers

Behavioral Styles and Dealing With Differing Views

by Phyllis Weiss HaserotAny organization composed of more than one person runs into the need for consensus building from time to time. At least once in a while, everyone you need to deal with doesn't see eye to eye. As marketers and leaders, we need to build consensus and resolve conflicts frequently or our great ideas go nowhere. This takes sensitivity, skill and creativity - especially in the context of a partnership culture.BEHAVIORAL STYLES AND PREFERENCES

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