by AccountingWeb on Dec 30, 2003
After all the business development buzzwords and tactics (web sites, brochures, seminars, articles, speeches, coaching, motivating, compensating and on and on) have dulled to a whisper, a few simple things remain. It boils down to a few fundamentals to understand about life as a public accountant, and a few outcomes that will result. Here are ten everyday realities about being a professional in a CPA firm:Know that being a good accountant means a lot more than understanding the technicalities.
by AccountingWeb on Dec 22, 2003
By Kerry L. Johnson, MBA, PH.D. He probably wears a $50 watch. You won't see him on a yacht. But you would find him in his office commonly until 7:00 p.m. (even on Saturdays). He is more interested in his local rotary club than the polo matches.She uses her bank more for making investments than for borrowing. She would have been Robin Leach's last choice for a spot on "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." She is more interested in her family and coupon clipping than in champagne and caviar dreams. Sound pretty average, right?
by AccountingWeb on Dec 19, 2003
On the same day that the New York Stock Exchange announced its next chief executive, its interim chairman discussed a pending report on the Big Board's governance structure, complete with facts he called "embarrassing."John A. Thain, president of Goldman Sachs, will become the NYSE's chief executive on Jan. 15. Thain will become the Big Board's future as it struggles to put behind it an executive compensation scandal that forced the resignation of Richard Grasso in September.Thain, who has held the No.
by AccountingWeb on Dec 17, 2003
The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) last week released a guide to address out-of-control executive compensation issues, recommending that consultants could be the answer to some of the challenges facing corporate compensation committees.This 2003 Report of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission provides a specific set of principles and practices to guide boards and compensation committees in their deliberations over executive pay.
by AccountingWeb on Dec 14, 2003
Median total compensation for outside (non-employee) directors of U.S. boards in 2003 is up from last year in all three major industry sectors covered in The Conference Board's annual study of outside director pay. The study is based on a survey of director compensation and board practices in 606 companies.The increased scrutiny of corporate governance practices in the wake of the recent scandals has put increasing pressure on members of boards of directors. Audit and compensation committees are especially under pressure to observe rigorous standards.
by AccountingWeb on Dec 07, 2003
Some of America’s largest companies are being advised to ramp up their internal auditing efforts in anticipation of an Internal Revenue Service audit of executive compensation packages.Two dozen companies are already under the microscope with IRS auditors pouring over records covering corporate perks such as stock options, corporate jets, luxury apartments and other benefits, the Associated Press reported Friday. The IRS is not ruling out the auditing of executives’ personal returns as well."Executive pay packages have become much more complex.
by AccountingWeb on Dec 04, 2003
This article provided by Gary Boomer, CPA, of Boomer Consulting. Vision is important if your firm plans to grow and prosper. The large firms spend considerable resources on visioning and strategic planning. Building consensus and gaining input from staff, managers, and owners is important. Perhaps your firm is smaller and doesn’t feel it can spend the resources on strategic planning. Based upon what the well-managed firms do, at a minimum, your firm should have a one-page strategic plan with measurable goals.
by AccountingWeb on Dec 02, 2003
Spurred by new government regulations and demands by investors, more companies today are working to uncover fraud, finding it, and taking action against those who commit fraud, according to a new survey by U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP.The survey showed that 75 percent of respondents report they have uncovered fraud in their organizations in the last year, compared with 62 percent of executives responding to a similar survey in 1998. Employee fraud occurred the most frequently, although financial reporting and medical/insurance fraud were much more costly.
by AccountingWeb on Dec 02, 2003
The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) announced this week the launch of its Sarbanes-Oxley Knowledge Network http://www.imaknowledge.org/sox. (Note: Registration is required.)The Network is a new and first-of-its-kind Web-based collaborative learning tool designed to aid financial professionals in understanding and implementing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (the SOX Act).
by AccountingWeb on Nov 25, 2003
PricewaterhouseCoopers announced last week that aggregated net revenues for fiscal year 2003 were $14.7 billion (compared to $13.8 billion in fiscal year 2002). With reimbursed client expenses included, aggregated gross revenues totaled $16 billion."Given the sluggish global economy, continued weakness in global capital markets and substantial regulatory changes in 2002-2003, we are pleased that our revenue figures held up so well," said Samuel A. DiPiazza, Jr., CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited.
by AccountingWeb on Nov 19, 2003
Employee communication is both simple and complex. We communicate with employees each day. Sometimes directly – when we respond to questions or requests, for example. Sometimes indirectly – when we issue new policies or send out a memo. Sometimes inadvertently – when employees observe our actions. Perhaps because communication takes place so naturally, we often fail to consider the process of communication as seriously as we should.
by AccountingWeb on Nov 18, 2003
Suzanne Willis Zoglio, author of Teams At Work: 7 Keys to Success, sheds some light on how to help build and foster team spirit and uncovers ways to rejuvenate once productive teams. Encourage innovation from the team. There's a little bit of entrepreneur in each of us, and being given the opportunity to take reasonable risk can renew member interest in the project. Identifying and improving on the work process may be just what a team needs for new energy.
by AccountingWeb on Nov 17, 2003
The Securities and Exchange Commission this week announced the institution and simultaneous settlement of an enforcement action against Morgan Stanley DW Inc. for failing to provide customers important information relating to their purchases of mutual fund shares.
by AccountingWeb on Nov 14, 2003
In a new national study of nearly 200 American chief executive officers, 81% expressed concern over threats to their corporate reputations, citing customer service problems, financial irregularity, negative press coverage and employee misconduct as among the issues that have the greatest potential to damage their corporate reputation."The clear message today is that CEOs live in a fishbowl," noted Christopher Komisarjevsky, president and chief executive officer, Burson-Marsteller worldwide.
by AccountingWeb on Nov 13, 2003
By Richard Murphy, Strategy and Finance ConsultantNo business goes anywhere without work to do. This is as true of an accountant's practice as anything else. The successful firm will recognize it. This means they need a positive approach to winning and keeping clients. Client cash is the lifeblood of the business.Many practices think the art of keeping and winning clients is concerned solely with brochures or websites. It isn't. It is a whole firm activity encompassing everything it does, and everything it wants to be.