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CMA Exam Content Is Relevant to Profession

The findings of a recent Job Analysis Survey conducted by the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA), confirms that the content of the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam continues to be relevant to the on-the-job knowledge and skills performed by management accountants.
Practice Management

Why Should I Follow You? The Latest Podcast from David Maister

The fifth and latest installment of David Maister’s 15-part podcast series Managing Professionals: Attitudes, Skills and Behaviors explores the characteristics good leaders need in order to inspire others to follow them.
Practice

Internal Communication in the Electronic Age

After three months or more of busy season, after picking up 20 voice mail messages every morning and attempting to clear out the pile of unread messages in email boxes that may or may not be spam, managers and employees in most accounting firms are looking to reconnect personally, to talk about results, goals for the coming year and the roles they will play in accomplishing these goals.Adve
A&A

Effective Strategies for Employee Satisfaction Programs

Employee satisfaction is the result of organizational strategies that utilize both tangible and non-tangible benefits, according to a recent Business Excellence Board study.
Practice Management

The Invisible Employee: The Potential of Under-Performing Employees

The Invisible Employee is a new book offering managers proven techniques for revitalizing their workforce and improving the performance of underperforming staff members.
Practice

The Gift of Thank You

Everyone loves receiving gifts. Most of us enjoy giving them; just look at how much we spend purchasing gifts for others on holidays or other special occasions. Few people, however, realize one of the greatest gifts that can be given in the workplace is also free.
Practice

Recharging After the Busy Season

It is April the 18th. The office is closed and you are taking a deep breathe before you dive into the two month pile of mail and three inches of phone messages that are sitting on your desk. And then it hits you like a slap in the face, you don’t have enough energy to go grab a cup of coffee, let alone enough energy to dive into your work activities with wild abandon. It feels a little more like sluggish stewing! So… what can you do to increase your energy and get back into the game of life at full strength?
Tax

It’s Tax Day: Take the Afternoon Off!

That’s what management is telling staff at Rachlin Cohen & Holtz, Florida’s largest accounting firm. Over the firm’s 51 year history, they have created a culture of year –round tax planning that allows the firm to close the office at 3:00 p.m. today, rather than burning the midnight oil.“The concept of April 15 is only important if you haven’t preplanned,” Rachlin Cohen & Holtz’ Managing Partner Larry Blum told AccountingWEB.
Practice Management

Mark Your Calendar: AICPA Small Business Practitioners’ Tax Forum

Developed by practitioners for practitioners, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA’s) Small Business Practitioner’s Tax Forum offers proven strategies and answers helping firms distinguish themselves in the highly competitive small business marketplace.
Practice Management

Mark Your Calendar: TECH 2006

Hundreds of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and technology experts assemble at the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Information Technology Conference to share news and information on the changing IT and how it can benefit their business, their career and their clients. Attendees also have the opportunity to explore cutting edge technology products and services, hear top industry speakers and network.
Practice Management

A Constant Flow of Hot, New Marketing Ideas <b>by Allan S. Boress, CPA, CFE</b>

Busy season is almost over, so it’s time to kick start your marketing to catch up for lost time. Are your tired of trying the same old thing? Ideas tend to get stale and occasionally competitors awaken and put something into action you were already thinking about (but couldn’t get the partners to act on…).So where can you get a bundle of hot and refreshing ideas? Adopt the world-view of one of the riches men in the history of the US.The Right PerspctiveW.
Practice Management

The Ultimate CPA Practice Propulsion Machine -- Referral Systems

If you're a lawyer, CPA or business consultant, it’s a good bet that a large percentage of your new clients are coming from direct or indirect referrals. Most of you think of this as "word of mouth advertising."I’m also willing to bet that 99.9 percent of you out there have never given any thought to putting formal, aggressive and automatic referral systems in place.When I bring this up with clients I usually hear something like this:"I don’t need any help with referrals. All of my business comes from word of mouth right now.
Practice Management

Kick-Starting Business Development Efforts

In today’s dynamic environment, accounting firms must begin employing business development strategies. It’s hard to do and most accounting firms don’t have a clue as to where to begin the process. Small to mid-sized firms have primarily relied on referrals and networking to increase their business – or through acquisition. However, to stimulate true growth, savvy accounting firms have begun hiring business development specialists.
Technology

Data Security Isn’t Just a Big Business Issue

High profile data breaches at major corporations have largely eclipsed the fact that, according to a 2005 survey by the Small Business Technology Institute, 56 percent of small businesses have experienced one or more security incidents in the past 12 months.Advertisement
Practice Management

More Setbacks for H&R Block as it Launches New Bank

Within the last few months, H&R Block Inc., which is preparing to open H&R Block Bank in April, has been challenged in the courts on several fronts, admitted to mistakes on its own taxes, and acknowledged that it mailed out free software with the recipient’s Social Security number on the label.
A&A

New and Improved Web-Based Employee Scheduling Service

On of the most difficult tasks facing managers is employee scheduling. For managers who are frequently on the road or who attend to administrative tasks like scheduling at home, the challenges are compounded. Fortunately, Atlas Business Solutions, Inc.
A&A

Prevention Key to Disarming Threat of Workplace Violence

On March 21, dozens of law enforcement officials, workplace violence experts and Human Resource professionals, gathered for the Workplace Violence 101 conference held in Springfield, MO. From the Chief of Police who opened the event, to the keynote speaker, the leaders of the breakout sessions and the concerned participants, one theme emerged as the standard on which all corporations should focus: PREVENTION.The first step any corporation should take is to create a Workplace Violence Policy if it does not already exist, according to the experts in attendance.
Practice Management

Former Andersen Partners Testify in Trial of Lay and Skilling

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Practice Management

CED Releases Recommendations for Improving Corporate Governance

The Committee for Economic Development (CED), a business-led public policy group, on Tuesday released a policy statement examining the state of corporate governance in the U.S.
Technology

More Small Businesses Using Payment Cards

Results of the Visa Second Annual Small Business Cash Management Survey, released Tuesday, reveal that small business owners are increasingly adopting and more satisfied with the use of business payment cards as a tool for managing their businesses.

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