Education & Careers news April 2012

Practice Management

Accountemps Survey: Lack of Communication Is Top Management Mistake

The most common mistake management makes is easy to remedy: Don't keep employees in the dark. In a recent Accountemps survey, 41 percent of CFOs interviewed said the lack of communication is the top mistake companies make in managing their teams.
Community News

ASTPS Offers Pro Bono Representation to Returning Combat Veterans

The American Society of Tax Problem Solvers (ASTPS) has launched a program to help returning combat veterans (RCVs) with IRS problems. ASTPS members have volunteered to represent RCVs for no fee as a way of expressing appreciation for their service.
Practice

Job Outlook for Bachelor's Degree Students Looks Bleak

A weak labor market has left half of college students (age twenty-five or younger) who graduated with a bachelor's degree either jobless or "underemployed" ? a troubling statistic.
Tax

New Survey of Workplace Ethics Shows Surprising Results

Findings from a survey of ethics in the workplace may portend a future downward shift in business ethics. The percentage of companies with a weak ethical culture is on the rise, as is the number of employees who experienced retaliation for blowing the whistle on observed misconduct.
Practice

Carmichael Named AICPA Senior VP for Strategy, People, and Innovation

The AICPA has named Lawson Carmichael as senior vice president for strategy, people, and innovation. In this role, Carmichael will lead the AICPA's strategic planning activities and oversee the Human Resources and Office of Strategy Management team.
Community News

Beauty and the Boardroom: Deloitte Consultant Named Miss San Francisco

It's easy to assume that when Vivian Wei, tax consultant for Deloitte won the title of Miss San Francisco in March, the judges were wowed by her tap dance routine as well as her regal demeanor in the evening gown competition. But, if you ask Wei, she believes an entirely different skill set helped her lock in the title.
Education & Careers

CCH Names Mackintosh Executive Vice President & General Manager of Tax

CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business announced on April 16, 2012, that Teresa Mackintosh has been named Executive Vice President & General Manager of Tax, effective immediately.
Practice Development

Top Ten Ways to Take a Consultative Approach to Client Meetings

When meeting with clients, accountants may be most comfortable getting down to business by crunching numbers and going through reports. This approach may seem logical, but it's not always the best approach for relationship building.
Education & Careers

AICPA's 'Start Here, Go Places' Competition Winners Announced

On April 2, the AICPA crowned the Hoover High School team - Carter, Middleton, and their faculty advisor Madge Gregg - winners of Project Innovation: The Start Here, Go PlacesĀ® Competition of Creative Excellence.
Practice Management

New Survey Looks at Greatest Barriers to Innovation

The biggest roadblocks to organizational breakthroughs are a shortage of fresh thinking and too much red tape, according to a recent Robert Half survey. Survey results are based on interviews with more than 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of US companies with twenty or more employees.
Community News

CGMA Global Economic Forecast Shows Cautious Optimism for Year Ahead

The world's CEOs, CFOs, and other senior management accountants have a cautious yet increasingly positive outlook for the global economy over the next twelve months, according to the first Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) Global Economic Forecast released March 29, 2012.