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Motivating Your Staff - Questions to Lead By

Motivating employees is often exhausting and time consuming work. Managers provide incentives, set goals, acknowledge top producers, even use consequences or threats. They use these tactics in an attempt to stimulate some level of interest in their staff, trying to push them into action. Yet, when that external stimulation is no longer present, people have tendency to slip back into their old ways; not moving unless someone is there to push.
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E&Y and D&T Win Top 10 Training Awards

Ernst & Young (E&Y) and Deloitte & Touche (D&T) ranked among the top 10 out of the 800 companies considered for Training Magazine's annual top training awards. Ernst & Young. E&Y was ranked No. 7 and was cited as best in class among professional services firms.

Its Official: Tuesday is the Most Productive Day of the Week

What’s the best way to get something done quickly? Ask someone to do it on Tuesday. Nearly half (48 percent) of executives surveyed recently said employees hit peak performance on Tuesdays. Not surprisingly, Fridays were viewed as the least productive day of the week. The results are consistent with two earlier polls conducted in 1987 and 1998. The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world’s first and largest temporary staffing service for accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals.

CPAs Face New CPE Rules Starting In 2002

A three-year initiative to transform the rules for continuing professional education (CPE) has culminated in the release of a new standard by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

Survey Says Executives Want Mixed Training Methods

A large majority of corporate executives prefer what is now called "blended learning," training delivered by a combination of methods, according to a survey by Provant Vertical Market Solutions. Given a choice, 59% percent of executives would rather have training provided both by people as well as via the Internet. Only 36% want their training to be done solely by instructors, and 5% want it only on-line.
Tax

Tax Webcast Describes Changes for 2002 Filing Season

Earlier this week, "Tax Talk Today" panelists brought good news to the millions of U.S. tax professionals as they discussed the major changes that await practitioners in the 2002 filing season. In a live Webcast, experts from the IRS, the National Association of Enrolled Agents, and the Tennessee Society of Enrolled Agents, advised viewers that filing in 2002 will be simpler, faster, and safer for their clients as a result of the new reforms.
Community News

Deloitte Consulting Finds New Training Solution

Deloitte Consulting, the consulting arm of Big Five firm Deloitte & Touche, has announced an alliance with Saba, the leading provider of Human Capital Development and Management (HCDM) solutions, to deliver e-learning to the firm's 15,000 professionals worldwide.The Saba program will be used to train consultants on new products and services.
Technology

Online Training – What Does It Offer For You?

By Kenneth M. McCall, Boomer ConsultingWhat is Online Training?Training technologies continue to develop as rapidly as the rest of the technology world. Only a few years ago the CD-ROM revolutionized software training because interactive multimedia simulations could be bundled on a high capacity disk and exported far beyond the traditional classroom. Now the Internet is offering a whole new range of possibilities for CPA firm trainers.
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PwC Joins the Army

Big Five firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has been awarded a $20 million contract to provide web-based training to soldiers in the U.S. Army.The services will be provided through the Army's 400 digital training facilities. In addition, soldiers will be able to study from home.PwC will team with Science Applications International Corp., Saba Software Inc., REMtech Services, ACS Systems & Engineering, Inc., and O'Connell and Associates to provide software development, integration, system development, and post-development and support for the Army Distance Learning Program.
Tax

IRS Publishes CPE Material for Tax Exempt Bonds

For the past eight years, the IRS has published articles of interest to the tax exempt bond community in its annual publication, "Exempt Organizations Continuing Education Technical Instruction Program."Now the IRS is taking its program of disseminating information one step further and launching a continuing professional education program which will meet the technical needs of the IRS's Tax Exempt Bonds personnel and the municipal bonds community in general.

GASB Issues First CPE Course

The Government Accounting Standards Board has issued its first CPE course, "The Financial Reporting Model - A Review of GASB Statement No. 34, Basic Financial Statements - and Management's Discussion and Analysis - for State and Local Governments."The course covers Statement 34 as amended by Statement 35 (colleges and universities) and Statement 37 (Statement 34 omnibus). It also incorporates guidance from the Statement 34 Implementation Guide.
Education & Careers

2001 - 2002 CPA Exam Dates and Helpful Information

Examination Dates 2001: November 7-8, 2001Examination Dates 2002: May 8-9, 2002November 6-7, 2002 Examination Schedule:Business Law & Professional ResponsibilitiesWednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. AuditingWednesday, 1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Accounting & Reporting; and Taxation, Managerial, and Governmental and Not-for-profit AccountingThursday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Financial Accounting & ReportingThursday, 1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Education & Careers

Tips for Passing the CPA Exam

Academic knowledge and mental preparation must be brought together to successfully pass the CPA exam, according to Sam Goble, Vice President of MicroMash, in a workshop for AccountingWEB presented today.Some helpful hints for preparing for the exam included:Be Prepared MentallyBreak the exam down into topics and then subtopics, master a subtopic and then move on.Candidates often put too much time studying areas tha

The 10 Biggest Mistakes a Leader Can Make

The first annual conference of the Upstream Academy, a network of CPA and IT consulting firms dedicated to continuous improvement and excellence, was held in picturesque Whitefish, Montana last week. Over 140 participants attended this first Headwaters Conference hosted by Sam Allred, President of Upstream Academy, and Alliance Partners MIP Software, Sage Software, Hudson Sawyer, and Bowman's Accounting Report.The two day session focused on leadership skills and how to improve them.

Create Custom Books from Microsoft Press

Anyone who has purchased computer books knows that building a library of necessary resources can be quite an expensive venture. What is especially frustrating is to purchase a book when you only need the information that appears in one or two chapters.Microsoft Press has a solution to these problems.

Training , , , Where and How to Find a Training Coordinator

by Kenneth M. McCall of Boomer ConsultingLet’s assume that by now you are convinced of the need to be more aggressive in your training program and you want to get started. “Who has the time to do all that?” It is a question well asked. The answer, for many firms, is a full or part-time training coordinator who will assume the responsibility for planning, conducting and evaluating your training program.
Community News

Training - A Key to Increased Productivity

Article provided by Gary Boomer, CPA of Boomer ConsultingMany firms are busy evaluating new opportunities to provide services such as consulting and financial services. Many firms are also trying to meet deadlines on a backlog of work with a limited supply of experienced accountants. This past year has been the most profitable year ever for the majority of accounting firms.
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Build a Training Program For New Employees

We are all aware of the implications of poor hiring and training decisions. They can cost the company time and money, and they can result in low employee morale. One basic step to ensuring that new hires get off to a positive start is to conduct an effective employee orientation and training program. Employees who are properly trained and introduced to the company early feel better about their choice of employer and usually fit in more quickly.
AccountingWEB Life

Save Time - Learn to Delegate Responsibilities

Delegating responsibilities is sometimes easier said than done. Consider this: Successful delegation will not only give you more time to work on your important opportunities, but you will also help others on your team learn new skills and become successful. Below are a few ideas to help you begin delegating and mentoring your staff more effectively. 

Tips For Delivering an Interesting Presentation

For many, making a presentation in public is a difficult and tense process. Advance preparation and a few tips from the pros can go a long way to ease the tension. These tips and ideas will help you prepare and present a smooth presentation.Use VisualsYour audience wants you to show them what you are talking about-literally. Use color graphics, slides, and handouts to get your message across. Use effective visuals to communicate your main points. Research shows that your audience will remember more when you use visual aids to reinforce your words.

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