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Summer Reading for the Business-Minded

Business Week has gathered input from business professionals and business professors, and as a result has compiled a list of recommended business books that, as a group, capture the essence of the business world as we know it today.Recommending the books are 28 business professionals and professors, including Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com, Philip Kotler, professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and Bob Pittman, CEO of America Online.

New Jobs for the New Economy

In May, AccountingWEB ran a news story on The 10 Hottest Jobs For The Future as identified by the editors of Time Magazine in which bizarre job titles such as tissue engineer, pharmers and narrowcasters were introduced.

Education Loans Available For Grad School Test Prep

Sallie Mae, the nation's largest provider of student loans, and Kaplan, the leader in test preparation for graduate and professional schools, have announced the Kaplan Student Loan Program providing low-interest loans to eligible students wishing to take a test-prep course.The program allows any Kaplan student who is a US citizen or a permanent resident with a social security number to be eligible for the program."This program opens doors to students who might not otherwise be able to afford test prep," said John Polstein, president of Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions.
Practice

The Learning Game

Does this sound familiar? You’ve tried it all – classroom training, internal training, books, videos – and still your staff are fumbling with their new software. They KNOW there are easier ways to complete their tasks, yet they say they’re so busy there’s no time to learn how to do things more efficiently. Why is this happening? It’s not because you’ve been unwilling to provide training, it’s not because your staff doesn’t want to learn.As a consultant, I have the opportunity to observe computer users at many different organizations.
Technology

Budgeting With Pivot Tables - The Sequel

Over 1,200 AccountingWEB members read David Carter's first tutorial on budgeting with pivot tables. In the eagerly awaited sequel, Carter goes beyond setting up initial budgets to explain how to add the actuals each month and use Excel pivot tables to report on Monthly and Year-to-Date Actuals versus Budget, plus Variances – both at company and departmental level.The Formulas function is used to calculate variances between budget and actual.
Technology

Bullet Mania For Microsoft Word

You’ve seen them. Bullets. Little characters that appear before a list of paragraphs that are designed to draw attention to the following text. Maybe you have used the arrow or the basic black dot, but have you ever wanted to expand your selection to something that may follow a theme? For example, using a gun for a proposal for a gun manufacturer?
AccountingWEB Life

A Time Management Tip That Really Works!

When it comes to managing time, most people find that they run from fire to fire (read crisis to crisis) without accomplishing what they really want to do. If you feel that you are meetinged out, up to your ears in mail, or in e-mail jail, keep reading.The key to having the time that you need to do what you want to do is simply to schedule time with yourself. It's similar to the idea of paying yourself first when you get your paycheck. And it works. The key to this hot little tip, though, is for you to think of yourself as one of your most important clients - and you are!
Technology

Voice Mail While You're on the Internet

If you've got a computer at home, don't have the luxury of two phone lines, and are worried about missing important phone calls, a service called Pagoo Call Catcher could be your salvation. For $4.95 per month, the service will allow people who call you while you're online to leave a voice message, and that message is then stored in your computer and you are notified by email or your pager that there is a voice message waiting in you in your Pagoo Mailbox.

Finally, "Value Added" Makes Sense!

The AccountingWEB community is grateful to Sylvia Pate, principal at QuickSilver Consulting, for leading a workshop on adding value to client services, and creating a REAL DEFINITION of "Value Added" in a way that we can all understand, communicate and measure.First, let's look at the Value Equation: the framework to make value-add decisions for your clients and firm.The Value Equation

"Smile" - You're an Accountant!

If a smile can launch a thousand ships, then CPAs and accountants should get their sea legs ready to sail.According to a new survey of 1,400 chief financial officers, conducted by temporary staffing giant Accountemps, a "positive attitude" came as the most important trait a CPA can possess in the new century.Forty percent of participants ranked this trait as number one.
Tax

Measure Your Own Tax Advice Against These Tips

At this time of year, the Internet, newspapers and magazines are filled with sage advice on how to help reduce a tax liability.As a tax practitioner or accountant, see if you agree or disagree with the following recommendations provide by H&R Block: minimize personal income by converting income into non-taxable income, such as investing in tax-free instead of taxed investments; convert personal spending to qualified deductions, like the new home office rules that affect working at home on a part-time basis; take advantage of the various tax credits, including the ch
Community News

Costumes, Dress Codes Lead to Quandry at Big 5 Firm

What happens when traditionally conservative suit-and-tie accountants enter into a strategic partnership with more relaxed dressed-down dot-coms?
Technology

Andersen Virtual Network Provides Business Acumen

Options in continuing professional education abound, and certainly the Internet has become a prime source of educational opportunities through various providers.One of the largest efforts to date is the one produced by Arthur Andersen with its Virtual Learning Network.
Technology

Internet Utility - "Live" Dictionary/Thesaurus For Web Pages

Here's an interesting twist: Go to www.voycabulary.com and you can link any web page you want to a live dictionary and a thesaurus, allowing you to click on any word on your requested web page and get both a dictionary definition as well as a thesaurus suggestion for the word. Why would you need this? You may not, but it sure could be a useful teaching tool for your kids! Try it out and let us know what you think.

Six Travel Resolutions for the New Year

All of us travel at one time or another for business or pleasure. Thankfully, the cost of traveling on a plane has dropped considerably, and in some markets, Saturday night stayovers do not necessarily bring down the cost of ticket. As a result, we're traveling more frequently than before.In the event your trip goes awry, as in overcrowded planes, overbookings, lost luggage and the like, what do you normally do? Get mad - or get even?Start the year out right by considering these six travel resolutions.
Community News

EY Sponsors E-business Workshop for Women

Ernst & Young has announced it will sponsor an April 5 gathering of women business leaders in New York, and will hold a special April 4 e-business workshop in conjunction with the conference.The meeting covers professional and lifestyle issues, and is organized by Women.future. It will be beamed via satellite to more than 200 locations across the world. An expected 100,000 women and men are expected to attend.Among other activities, the e-business workshop will enable attendees to divide into groups to explore issues related to dot.com economies.

Work, Home, Life: The new B-School Curricula

Look out Martha Stewart! Sure - business schools still stress economics (remember supply and demand?), finance and basic accounting, but it's a whole new world for enrollees in today's business programs.Schools across the nation, including the Wharton School of Business, have added classes on personal work, life and time management to their prestigous curriculum.
Practice Management

Four Easy Steps to Better Firm/Company Newsletters

How long has it been since you've taken a good look at your firm or company newsletter? Even if you don't write it in-house and buy it from a trusted source, you'll want to make sure your newsletter is a good reflection of your firm or company and truly maintains a long-lasting relationship with your clients and customers.First, set objectives for your newsletter - what are you trying to accomplish? Are you trying to improve networking, communicate information in print rather than in person or e-mail ... or something entirely different?

Are You Writing Well For The Web?

You’ve been to sites where the first page is text, text, text, right? Well, don’t be one of those sites. Writing for the web is different than writing for print. Think about your own web surfing habits. Do you read each line? Or do you skim and hop to the content for which you are looking?So what do you need to know? First, keep your writing personalized and interesting. If your reader doesn’t see something that grabs them, they will simply click onto something else. Let your firm’s style and personality show through your writing.

P is for Personality - What's Yours?

What personality do you fit? A new study conducted by Pitney Bowes classifies business leaders and owners into five distinct categories."Idealists" truly live by their business, but are not fond of the details in running the business.

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