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Top Firm Expands Presence in Florida and Southeast with Mergers

Carr, Riggs & Ingram one of the largest firms in the Southeast region recently announced the mergers of two firms into the Carr, Riggs & Ingram group. The Birmingham, AL based public accounting firm of Mackle, Splawn, Tindall & McDonald joined forces with CRI earlier this month along with the firm of Weathersby, D’Aoust, Harris & Lynn, PA. Carr, Riggs said the mergers will broaden the firm's footprint. "CRI’s long range plan has been to move into larger metropolitan markets.

Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Head To The Office Party

By, Lydia Ramsey - One thing you can count on during the holiday season is the obligatory office party. No matter what the size of the organization, there is always an effort to bring coworkers together for one more moment of merriment.
Community News

The Power of Clarity on Expectations

By, Phyllis Weiss Haserot - When I talk with young partners, managers, counsel and associates at many professional firms, I hear a lot of similar concerns, uncertainties and insecurities relating to their status and their future.
Education & Careers

What’s YOUR Weakest Link? Building a Strong Job Search Chain

By, Deborah Walker - A chain is only as effective as its weakest link—and you don't know which link is weak until the chain is tested. If your job search is falling short, one of your job-search skills may be the weak link. By analyzing your chain of job search skills, you can build a stronger chain, one that can stand up to any test.There are three critical links in your job search chain. Consider each of them carefully to determine your weakest link, then work to strengthen that link.
Community News

How to Get Employees To Walk the Talk

By Bruce L. Katcher, Ph.D. President, Discovery Surveys, Inc.It has become a cliché that "management must walk the talk" but so should employees.Our research shows that many employees don't understand how their work contributes to the organization's objectives. In short, they don't see the big picture. They don't recognize that no matter what their role in the organization, they can be contributing to its goals, vision, and brand.Is it no surprise that their behavior is, therefore, often inconsistent with the organization's vision?
Practice

Ten Employer-Employee Rules For Successfully Running a Small Business

Compliments of bizmove.com - You've just been in a serious car accident. You've got massive internal injuries and a broken jaw. You're going to be in the hospital at least a month. Your jaw is wired shut so you can't use the phone. Will your business run easily and well while you recover? Will your customers be served while you are gone? If you've just experienced heart failure over this prospect, the following list is for you. The information below, if put into practice, will reduce your stress, increase your business' productivity, and give you the vacation you so richly deserve.
Community News

Tips to Strengthen Your Reputation as an Accountant

By Robert G. Epstein - In a profession suddenly surrounded by bad press, work on safeguarding your own professional image.In recent months, accountants across the country have felt the repercussions of Big 5 accounting firm Andersen's struggle with the collapse of energy company Enron. The accounting industry is focusing on rebuilding its reputation with the public, but it's also crucial that every professional do the same. Here, we offer five tips that can help.Talk to Your Clients. It doesn't matter if your clients are large or small.
A&A

The Pros & Cons of Starting Your Own Business/Practice

By abcsmallbiz.comSome of the reasons people start or buy their own businesses are to:- be their own boss or create their own job - seek an alternative to their current career - make better use of their skills and knowledge- introduce a new product or service, or - take advantage of a business opportunity. These are all valid reasons to want your own business, but the success or failure of a person's business venture is as unique as their fingerprint.
Community News

Five Sure-Fire Ways to Alienate Your Employees

By Bruce L. Katcher, Ph.D. President, Discovery Surveys, Inc. - During the past decade, top management has done an excellent job of alienating employees. Their concern for people has taken a backseat to cost reduction, outsourcing of jobs, and a focus on short-term profits. And forget about training programs, promotions, or pay increases.As a result, many employees have said that once the economy turns around, they will be leaving for greener pastures.HOW TO ALIENATE YOUR EMPLOYEES
Practice

How to Effectively Delegate Work and Responsibilities

Effective delegation will not only give you more time to work on your area of expertise, but you will also give others in your firm the opportunity to learn new skills and achieve their goals. Delegation helps people grow underneath you in an organization and thus pushes you even higher in management. It provides you with more time, and you will be able to take on higher priority projects. Delegate whole pieces or entire job pieces rather than simply tasks and activities.
Community News

Articulating The Values of Your Professional Service Firm

By Nancy Blodgett - To come to consensus about what its stands for and where it's headed, one South Carolina-based professional service firm recently took the time required to produce an organizational mission statement.Taking a key idea out of Stephen Covey's best-selling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney, decided it was important to draft a mission statement for the law firm.
Community News

How Smart Leaders Reach Out

by Cheri L. Swales, Monster.comDedication to your company is not the only thing you need to consider when developing your career. Volunteering can be an important part of your leadership skills repertoire. Networking is the best way to enhance your career status, and volunteering is one of the best networking opportunities. Why Do People Volunteer?People volunteer in the community for a variety of reasons.

Employees Need Soft Skills - Good Manners Matter

Today's business is plagued with stories of lost sales, eroded relationships, and missed opportunities that may have been caused by a lack of "soft skills." The phrase, soft skills, in this context, is synonymous with good manners, such as how to introduce your colleagues, how to butter your bread in a restaurant, and even how to carry your golf bag. A lack of proper manners and good etiquette can cost you business in today's competitive environment.
Technology

Save Customized Microsoft Excel Chart Styles

If you create charts in Excel, chances are good that you adjust the formatting of the standard chart style each time you create a new chart. You may change the size of the font, perhaps you add some background color, you might include your company logo on the chart, you may prefer the currency format for your numbers, or you may prefer a line graph to the default column style.

The Road to Success; Growing Your Network

By Alvah Parker, Parker Associates "How do I grow my business through referrals?" "I was just downsized and need another job, what are your suggestions?" "How do I find that company?" These are the questions people ask me. While each question has an array of answers, one answer that comes up for all these questions is to network. Whether you are a business owner, work in business or are starting a new career, having a network of people to support you is imperative. A client told me she was concerned about her job.
Practice Management

Bear Essentials of Human Resource Training

Got a gorilla of a morale problem in your work place? A new human resources training program based on the successful business model of the Vermont Teddy Bear Company thinks it can help.
Technology

Web Tip: Making Web Pages Available for Offline Viewing

When you make a Web page available offline, you can read its content when your computer is not connected to the Internet. For example, you can view Web pages on your laptop computer when you don't have a network or Internet connection. Or you can read Web pages at home without tying up a phone line.You can specify how much content you want available, such as just a page, or a page and all its links, and choose how you want to update that content on your computer.If you just want to view a Web page offline, and you don't need to update the content, you can save the page on your computer.
Technology

Outlook Tip: Color Code Incoming E-Mail Messages

With the huge quantity of e-mail messages that arrive in the average businessperson's mailbox each day, this tip for e-mailbox organization should really come in handy. To make sure you see certain messages when they arrive, try associating colors with important senders. Color code a sender so that all messages from that sender appear in a particular color:Click the Organize button that appears on the toolbar at the top of your Outlook window, or choose Tools, Organize from the menu bar.
Community News

Keys to Effective Employee Communication

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.
Technology

Excel Tip: Overriding and Removing Page Breaks

Excel automatically determines where page breaks will occur, but you can create your own page breaks in your worksheets by forcing Excel to begin printing on a new page at the location that is best for you.To create a horizontal page break, follow these steps: Place your cellpointer in Column A in the row below the row in which you wish to insert a page break.Choose Insert, Page Break from the Excel menu.

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