Self-Improvement

A&A

Illinois CPA Society’s Midwest Accounting & Finance Showcase Aug. 24-25

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Illinois CPA Society’s event for business and finance professionals, the Midwest Accounting & Finance Showcase. The showcase is being held August 24-25, in Rosemont, Illinois.
AccountingWEB Life

Follow three Ps to make the most of events

Conferences, association meetings, trade shows, and other social events can provide excellent opportunities to network with peers, clients, and prospects – and, thereby, develop leads, referrals, and new business.
Practice

AccountingWEB LIVE! Conference to offer engaging sessions, CPE credit

AccountingWEB, the leading online media company for accountants, will be presenting the AccountingWEB LIVE! Conference on Tuesday, September 14, at the BWI Airport Marriott in Baltimore.
Practice Management

Managers can become better leaders by becoming better listeners

If you’re like me, then you trained as an accountant and had no formal training in leadership or running a firm. It is important to realize that not all of these skills come instinctively and sometimes we need help in developing them.
Practice Management

What’s your tagline?

Your tagline is really a tangible way to motivate yourself to be the person and project manager you want to be. We all make resolutions at the start of a new year, but the key is finding the way to motivate ourselves long after the ball drops. Try the tagline, and see how it works for you.

From limbo to liberation: Moving work-in-progress to the work-finished list

We all have one hiding over there in the groan zone. It’s the unfinished project that lives in a strange sort of limbo.

Coping with hardship: How professionals handle tragic turns

By David Maturo The unfortunate reality of the human condition is that hardship will touch all of us. Yet, most of us are grossly unprepared and have difficulty dealing with turmoil when it occurs.
Tax

Desktop snacks for healthy eating at the office

It's late. Work is piled all around. You still have hours to go before you call it a day. You're hungry. What do you do? Reach for the nearest can of soda and a handful of cookies? Fill your craving with packages of salty snacks? Order out for pizza? Hit the candy machine?
AccountingWEB Life

Beat stress by staying in shape during busy season

We all know that one of the best ways to relieve stress and tension is with exercise. The Anxiety Disorders Association of America states that exercise is considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce stress. ADAA reports that scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects.

The power of one: Try something different this year

by Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, Chief Cheetah and Founder, Cheetah LearningHow about trying something different this year? Instead of a long list of resolutions that get tucked away in a filing cabinet or eaten by the dog, how about focusing on just one? The one resolution that can make the biggest difference in your life and have the most impact.
A&A

Intuit offers financial health tips for women

Female entrepreneurs, stay-at-home moms, and women graduates across the country share a common thread – dreams. And with the country facing economic uncertainty, women are also united in their determination to achieve their dreams and thrive in any economy.To help women manage the critical, yet complex tasks of personal and small business finances, Intuit Inc., maker of QuickBooks, Quicken, and TurboTax software, offers a series of timeless tips designed to help them achieve their goals.
Workplace Fitness

The returning-from-vacation blues

Four out of 10 employees feel their life is out of balance. Bruce Katcher, the founder of Discovery Surveys, shares tips for facing some work-related realities.It's the vacation season. Earlier this month I spent a week with a good friend at his lake house in Minnesota. He and his family spend two weeks there each year taking in the sun and wake boarding. During the last several days of the vacation, he kept saying, "I'm dreading going back to work." His job as a doctor at a large hospital is very demanding. In fact, he plans to retire in a year or so at the age of 53.
A&A

Effective rules for successful mentoring

Mentoring in general isn't a new concept, but for many firms, setting up a mentoring program is far down on the list of to-do's. Studies have shown that mentoring can be an effective workplace tool. Here are some tips for making the mentoring process a success.
A&A

Hidden Overhead - Hidden Expenses Cost You Money

By, Keith RosenAlthough you have a handle on your business' operating costs, there may be some hidden expenses that are costing you more than money.Many execs confess that although their business is moving forward, they find their time is consumed with, accepting or being dragged down by unwanted situations, problems or behavior. Not overwhelming individually, they have a way of building up until they effect productivity, cause stress and waste time and energy.
A&A

Daily habits for developing the art of leadership

Many people are born leaders, yet the ability to lead is actually an art and an amazing collection of skills which can be learned and sharpened. The following top ten daily habits will help you and/or your clients grow as a leader personally, professionally, and spiritually.
A&A

Top 10 interview bloopers...and how to avoid them

We’ve all heard stories of job candidates who looked great on paper but who were absolute disasters in person. With fewer interview opportunities available in a competitive marketplace, it’s essential to make the best possible first impression. You can learn from the mistakes of others and avoid the top 10 worst interview blunders. Poor handshake.
A&A

Don't feel trapped in your job

By Bruce L. Katcher, Ph.D. President, Discovery Surveys, Inc. - Only 54 percent of employees feel they have a good future with their current organization. Why do they feel this way?Some have doubts about the future of their organization. They fear that the company could go out of business, merge with another, or be acquired.More often they feel their performance is not valued.Ironically, our research also shows that most of these fearful employees will stay with their organizations anyway and continue to live in fear and unhappiness. Here's why they stay:

How to stay motivated day in and day out

By Kerry L. Johnson, Ph.D. - It's 8am on Monday morning. You had a great weekend and wish it didn't have to end. Last week was finished with a bang but today you just don't feel the same motivation to win. As a result you walk in the office and immediately read your mail. Then you talk to another salesperson for an hour while sipping coffee.
A&A

How To Jump Start Your Week - Take Action

Sometimes getting started can be the toughest part of the day, especially on Mondays, or even worse, returning from that week long vacation!Below are some ways to ensure that you get moving quickly and effectively.
Education & Careers

How to stand out in the workplace: Our top five recommendations

Standing out at work is important. But add a struggling economy with everyone spending more and getting less and suddenly standing out at your workplace becomes essential. Are you just another face at the office or someone who is likely to be tapped for the next promotion? Do you have an accurate picture of how you are regarded?AccountingWEB has researched ways to shine so you can spotlight your talents and polish your presence in the office. In no particular order, here are our top five recommendations:Be Your Own Advocate.

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