Self-Improvement

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 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.
Tax

58 Percent of Americans Caught in Compromising Tax Conversations

Fifty-eight percent of Americans have found themselves in compromising conversations in which family, friends or co-workers describe using, or planning to use, illegal or unethical tax strategies, according to a recent survey from VitalSmarts. One-quarter of those respondents who had been caught in such conversations said they weren’t sure what to say or feared the consequences of voicing their opinion.The top reasons given for avoiding taxing conversations include: None of my business – 38 percent I didn’t rea
Practice Management

Whistleblowers or Lamplighters?

Snitch! Tattletale! Squealer!
Education & Careers

Four Tests for the Office Red Carpet

Thanks to Sunday night’s Academy Awards show, clothes are again a popular topic around the office break room. Just as they do on the red carpet, women in the workplace often have more flexibility when it comes to what they can wear to the office. More freedom, however, can result in some glaring faux pas.
Practice Management

The Makings of a Good Manager

Research recently conducted by 3D Group, a consulting firm of industrial and organizational psychologists as part of the effort to enhance and improve their Corporate Leaders assessment tool, found that managers are more highly rated for their ability to manage processes and results than for their interpersonal and team-building skills.
Practice

CPA Practice Marketing: Expand Your Client Base by Narrowing Your Marketing Focus

CPA firm marketing is often scattered, unfocused and haphazard. Every CPA firm marketing effort can benefit from “concentration” of CPA firm marketing resources.I believe one of the most underutilized marketing weapons for CPA practices is the power of niche marketing.
Practice Management

Creating work-life balance within the firm

In your firm today, an increasing number of staff members – from the partner level to the administrative staff - are experiencing burnout, low productivity, dissatisfaction and stress related illnesses…due in large part to a lack of balance between their work and personal lives. It is time for your firm to look at how it can create greater balance between work and personal lives of the number one asset in your firm – its people.
Practice

AICPA Giving Practice Management Content Away Through Mid-May

Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) looking for information that can help them, and their firms, become more successful, have until mid-May to access members-only content from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA’s) Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS), even if their firms are not PCPS members. The normally restricted content, from noted professionals in the field, is free to all, for a limited time.Content in the PCPS membership section draws on the experience of more than 83,000 CPAs from 6,000 local and regional firms across the country.
Practice

Unethical Corporate Behavior

Business ethics are important but a new study shows that unethical corporate behavior is caused by a variety of factors. The global study was conducted by the Human Resource Institute (HRI) for the American Management Association (AMA). Review a survey summary at www.amanet.org/research. Some 1,121 managers and HR experts participated in the study conducted with the AMA’s affiliates and global partners. These groups included the Canadian Management Centre (Toronto), Management Center de Mexico (Mexico City), Management Centre Europe (Belgium), and AMA Asia (Japan).
A&A

Workplace snacks to get you through the busy season

When you’re too busy to leave your desk for meals, your health can suffer. It’s not just the stress of working long hours, either. The food you are eating may actually be contributing to the problem.
Practice

The Best Time of Year to Do Marketing: Marketing into a Vacuum – Part Two <b>by Allan Borress, CPA, CFE</b>

"Busy season" is the best time of year to take advantage of marketing opportunities you won't find at other times.
Practice Management

Office & Public Rudeness Counterproductive

With business and office communications becoming more faceless, e-mail and phone communication may be causing a rise in office rudeness. Studies are being done and books are being written on the subject as productivity is sapped, as well as some efforts to retain good talent, according to the Wall Street Journal. The distance between management and workers seems to be growing, too.
Practice Management

The Best Time of Year To Do Marketing: Marketing into a Vacuum – Part One <b>by Allan Borress, CPA, CFE</b>

"Busy season" is the best time of year to take advantage of marketing opportunities you won't find at other times.The period of January through April is always very demanding. However, this is the one time of year that is the equivalent of our retail clients' Christmas season.
Community News

America’s First Self-Made Man: Ben Franklin

January 17 is the 300th birthday of Benjamin Franklin. While Franklin lived to the advanced age of 84, he has not survived three centuries. His wisdom, however, has. Today, he stands as a shining example of what it means to be an American business man or woman.Franklin was a citizen of the world, well-traveled, well-read, multi-lingual and always striving to improve himself. He learned his trade, printing, by working for someone else but eventually went out on his own.
Education & Careers

The Less Traveled Road to Success

Let me tell you about my friend and former student Kelly McCoy. He was abandoned as a young boy and reared by his destitute grandmother. Although he was not a good high school student, unlike anyone else in his family, he graduated from high school. After an injury truncated his Army enlistment, he meandered aimlessly for 5 years – nearly losing an arm after someone used him for target practice.But somewhere along the way Kelly got the bug to become an accountant.
Technology

SEC Hails XBRL in Meeting With Microsoft, Oracle and Other Vendors

The Securities & Exchange Commission has expanded its support of XBRL, the software language that allows for instantaneous retrieval of detailed information within business reports, by telling a select group of software developers that it supports the technology’s expanded use in new generations of business software.
Technology

The Box Has Arrived (at the Toy Hall of Fame)!

It is that time of year. Children, young and old, eagerly await the arrival of the mail, hoping for mysterious holiday packages. Some were delivered to the gift-giver first, arriving beautifully wrapped and ready to put under the tree. Others arrive direct from the retailer and still need a little help before they take their place with the others. They all have one thing in common, however. They are all in boxes. The box is important, not just for what it contains, but for what it represents.
Education & Careers

The Art of the Elevator Speech

In a world that is as busy and hectic as ours is, it is important for you to have some idea on how to properly answer the question, "So what do you do and where do you work?" This is your 20-30 seconds of fame, the time when you have someone’s attention and you can distinguish your firm from all others.

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