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Organizational Effectiveness: What Can You Influence?

By, Phyllis Weiss Haserot - People at all levels have some power to influence factors in their work lives based on their personal strengths, their ability to interact with others, and the knowledge that they hold or share. Those in leadership positions are poised to exert more influence than followers, but they have to be willing to take a stand, give consistent support, and be ever vigilant to maintain trust among their colleagues and "followers." Unless the leader is truly a dictator, direct influence is limited.
Practice Management

'Tech-Etiquette' Blunders More Common in Workplace: What to Avoid

If you're checking e-mail in meetings, taking cell phone calls during business lunches or allowing similar distractions, executives are on to you. In a recent survey, 67 percent of chief information officers (CIOs) polled said breaches in technology etiquette are more common today than three years ago. The national poll includes responses from more than 1,400 CIOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees.

Writing Skills Necessary for Employment, Says Big Business

Poorly written job applications are a figurative kiss of death, and corporations spend several billion dollars annually improving writing among employees, according to a business survey released here today by a blue-ribbon group worried about the quality of writing in the nation's schools and colleges.The report, Writing: A Ticket to Work...Or a Ticket Out, A Survey of Business Leaders, concludes that the ability to write opens doors to professional employment.
Practice Management

Top Mistakes Today's Executives Make in Leading Their Organizations

In today's uncertain economy, many organizations have been making some drastic changes to stay competitive and productive. This means that CEOs and other executives must hone their leadership skills to make the most of what they have and inspire their teams to new heights of achievement. But not all executives have leadership down to a science, according to the experts at leading career services company Lee Hecht Harrison.
A&A

New Financial Designation is Geared towards Serving High Net Worth Clients

The College for Financial Planning (CFP) recently announced it’s enrollment for the College’s new Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA) Designation, is now open.John Sears, College President said, "As the leader in financial planning education, we are proud to offer this innovative new program for those who have high net worth clients and wish to serve them better, or financial professionals who seek to add high net worth clients."
Practice Management

How Your Firm can Fully Utilize the Talent of Your Employees

By Bruce L. Katcher, Ph.D. Close to 35 percent of employees feel that their job does not make good use of their skills. When employees aren't fully using their abilities, they are:- Unhappy; - Less productive; and - More likely to quit.When employees are underutilized, organizations suffer because they are not maximizing the results they can obtain from them. Management often contributes to the problem by:

2005 College and University Rankings Released

The 2005 college and university rankings are out and U.S. News has compiled an extensive collection of college and university rankings. Schools have been classified and rated in many different ways. Harvard and Princeton again share the top spot of the country's best national colleges. Yale University came in third, University of Pennsylvania, fourth and Duke University fifth.
Community News

CEOs in Asia, U.S. & Europe Report Different Issues of Concern for Business Success

CEOs of Asian companies are more concerned with people issues such as stimulating innovation and acquiring toptalent, while U.S. and European CEOs are focusing on sustaining top-line growth as their economies recover, according to a global survey of chief executives released this week by The Conference Board. Fifty-one percent of CEOs in Asia report that stimulating innovation is their greatest concern, while 47% say acquiring talented managers is their greatest concern. Only 34% of CEOs based in Europe and 28% of U.S.
Practice Management

Opportunity's Knocking for New Revenue Growth

By Gail Crosley, CPA To understate the situation, the rules governing opportunity development for CPA firms have changed dramatically. What's different? Almost everything. When the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 became law, we knew we were dealing with a set of rules that would guide how and what kinds of services CPA firms delivered. But what many CPAs didn't anticipate is that the rules have created a regulatory environment that is significantly driving new marketplace dynamics.
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.
A&A

CPA Candidates, Educators can get Access to Free Professional Literature

The Uniform CPA Examination consists of multiple-choice questions and condensed case studies called simulations. Within the simulations, candidates must do an online search of professional literature databases to answer questions. Here are some ways that candidates, students, educators, and schools can get access to helpful online resources. CPA exam candidates can get a free six-month subscription to professional literature used in the computerized CPA Examination. This online package includes AICPA Professional Standards, FASB Current Text, and FASB Original Pronouncements.
A&A

Thousands Fail First Level of the CFA Exam

Just 34 percent of the 35,000 financial industry professionals who took first section of the Chartered Financial Analyst exam this spring passed, which represents the highest failure rate since the test began in 1963, Dow Jones reported. The usual pass rate hovers around 52 percent for the first part.Known as one of the most difficult exams, the CFA is routinely failed by finance professors and Wall Street veterans, and is seen as a badge of honor by those who do pass, Dow Jones reported.
Tax

IRS to Appeal Accounting Decision to Raise Accounting Qualifications of New Hires

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced this week it plans to appeal a decision by a federal arbitrator that the agency cannot raise the accounting qualifications for newly hired revenue agents.On July 9, an arbitrator ruled that the IRS cannot raise the number of required accounting credit hours from 24 to 30.IRS Commissioner Mark W.
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.
Community News

Building a Training & Learning Culture

By James K. Boomer, MCPTraining is one of the most crucial aspects of your firm’s strategy. It is an excellent tool to recruit the best and brightest employees and to retain them. Furthermore, it ties directly into your firm’s strategy by helping employees increase productivity and develop personally and professionally into future leaders of the firm. Most firms agree that training is important, however, many of those same firms argue that they just cannot afford the time commitment to send their employees to training. The numbers do not support this argument.
Tax

President Bush Signs Identity Theft Bill into Law

On Thursday, President Bush signed into law, the Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act, creating stiffer criminal penalties for identity theft. The goal of this bill is to prevent identity theft by increasing the punishments associated with the crime and establishing a new crime of aggravated identity theft, which is the use of a stolen identity to commit certain criminal acts. Though solid numbers are hard to come by, identity fraud has been called one of the fastest-growing crimes in the U.S, touching millions of people at a cost of billions of dollars a year.
Practice Management

Ideas to Improve The Quality of Your Firm

By Nancy BlodgettHere are some helpful ways to improve the quality of your firm. Adjust Your Attitude Be open to new ideas! Make time for quality improvement. Don’t manage by fear. Help people feel secure in their jobs.Don’t let the statement: "we’ve always done it this way," keep the firm from trying new approaches to problem-solving. Change the "Us vs. Them" culture of management and staff by adopting quality principles and methods.
Practice Management

Effective Employee Incentive Programs: Bring Out the Best in Your Firm

By Lisa A. Rozycki, Marketing Director, Reinsel & Company LLPIn a firm-wide marketing survey, employees were asked what would motivate them to market the firm’s services. Not surprisingly, the top two answers were "incentive compensation" and "recognition" for their efforts.Like many CPA firms across the country, we’ve had the standard commission structure on new business and cross-selling services to existing clients for a number of years. Three years ago, the paper forms that needed to be filled out for compensation almost never left the shelf.
Tax

Bill Would Require Some Tax Preparers to Register with IRS

A bill that is winding its way through Congress would require certain tax preparers to register with the IRS by passing a qualifying exam and annual exams afterward.The bill would apply only to those who have prepared five or more tax returns a year and are not covered by IRS Circular 230 — mainly financial planners. The Financial Planning Association says about 17 percent of its 28,000 members provide tax preparation services.
Practice Management

Building a 'Ferrari' Referral Network: Fasten Your Seatbelts!

By Gale Crosley, CPAEver wish you could turbo-charge your referral efforts? The need for speed has never been greater for CPAs. If your referral program is plodding along when it should be setting the pace, there's good news: a network-building strategy that is innovative, focused and proven. Caution! This is not your father's Oldsmobile! No Free LunchCPAs have traditionally sought business through bankers and lawyers, what I call the "free lunch" program.

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