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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.
Practice Management

The 3 Biggest Mistakes Women CPAs Make in Selling (That Men Don't) and How to Cure Them! <b>A Guest Article by Allan Boress</b>

Over the years I have attended more than 400 sales interviews conducted by clients to evaluate how they performed and where they needed to improve.As the author of the only Best Practices study of selling professional services (The I-Hate-Selling Book), I have interviewed some of the most successful women professionals to discover why they succeeded at selling – and how.There are 3 Mistakes women make in selling…most often without realizing them…that costs sales, clients and opportunities that otherwise would have been won.
Education & Careers

Middle Managers Carrying Companies Through Rocky Times

With companies increasingly looking outside their own ranks for top talent, the ability of the middle managers to quickly adapt during the transition is critical.While the CEOs enjoy high profiles, big salaries and generous bonus packages, middle managers are often the forgotten heroes of big-business transformations. And CEOs who recognize this can themselves enjoy greater success.The Wall Street Journal reported that dozens of CEOs have been ousted in the last 12 months.
Practice

Eight Secrets for Generating Big, Bold, Creative, Profitable Ideas

Secret 1: Accept All Ideas. That's right. All ideas, not just the ones that you feel comfortable with or that seem to make sense. Obviously, you're not going to implement every idea (especially considering the fact that you're aiming for 1,000 of them in the initial generation phase!), but you must greet them all with gratitude, respect, and a positive attitude. Acceptance makes people comfortable enough that they feel free to submit more and more ideas. Remember, the more ideas you start with, the better the end product.
Community News

Strategies for Managing Retention and Productivity

By &copy; Phyllis Weiss Haserot - Taking into account the results of two multi-year studies by The Gallup Organization regarding what employees need from their workplaces, below are specific suggested strategies and tactics for successful management of professionals for retention.There are several ways to help people feel more involved and in control:&nbsp;
Practice Management

Five Stumbling Blocks To Successful Networking And How To Overcome Them

By Lydia Ramsey. - The ability to connect with people is essential to success in any business. Professional networking events present opportunities to interact with others on a personal level and to develop profitable relationships. These occasions are critical for anyone who wants to grow a business or promote a career.Many people are simply not comfortable walking into a room full of strangers and striking up conversations. Here are five common stumbling blocks that you may face and tips to help you overcome them.A RELUCTANCE TO TALK TO STRANGERS.
A&A

You Can't Learn the Most Important Business Skill in School

In a recent study that asked more than 2,500 businesspeople what impacted their bottom line the most -- nearly 75% said it was networking. So why has almost nobody been taught to network in school?Dr. Ivan Misner, CEO of the world's largest networking firm and a business professor at Cal Poly University in Pomona, CA, has recently released data he compiled in a comprehensive study of businesspeople around the world.
Community News

Performance Appraisals...Taking it to The Next Level!

By Sandra L. Wiley, Consultant - As the supervisor of staff in your firm, you have a tremendous responsibility to motivate your team to produce positive results. One of the tools you are, or at least you should be using, is a Performance Appraisal System. If you are like most supervisors, you most likely don’t care for performance appraisals; the truth is that few people do. But these tools do provide immense value for managers and staff alike, if they are implemented correctly, and therefore they should be “upgraded” in your firm, not ignored!
Practice

Networking Made Simple - Develop New Business Opportunities

Networking is an important way to develop new business opportunities, yet for many professionals it's their least favorite marketing activity. These pointers can help you network better and get results. Listen, don't talk. Don't drink. This is business. Choose your opportunities. Hunt where the ducks are. Don't be generic. Rehearse a 30 second pat statement that reveals some details about who you are as a person, what you do for a living, and what your firm specializes in. Target only one person at each event and get to know them well.
Practice

Creating a Professional Referral Team

Barry LaValley - As you look at your business plan for the coming year, how are you going to build referral relationships in your community?
Practice Management

Ten Signs of Job Dissatisfaction—Don't Ignore Them!

The new year is a great time to analyze your job satisfaction. As you make your new year’s resolutions, include career fulfillment as a top priority.There are ten sure signs that you are experiencing job dissatisfaction.

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