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THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES
  1. Executive Compensation Emerges as Top Corporate Governance Issue
  2. KPMG Funds Continuous Business Reporting & Auditing Lab, and;
  3. KPMG Creates 404 Inst. to Facilitate Financial Reporting Dialogue
  4. As Demands on Directors Increase, So Does Pay
  5. Believe It or Not: Texas CPAs Share Their Funniest Tax Tales
  6. GAO Amends Continuing Education Requirements for Government Audits
  7. Charities Next to Feel Regulators' Scrutiny
  8. April 15: A Lighthearted Look at an Infamous Date
  9. The IRS Wants You...To Help Them Get Better
  10. Poll Says CEO Confidence Hits 20-Year High
  11. Survey: Tiered Benefits Packages Facilitate Employee Retention
  12. Analyst Identifies New Ways to Reduce Risk of ID Theft
  13. The "Top Ten Most Unusual Sales Tax Laws For 2004"
  14. Book Recommendation: Lean & Meaningful: A New Culture for Corporate America

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  1. Ways to Get the Most from Negotiating via Email
  2. How do we Spread Flexibility in the Workplace?
  3. Coping with Time Pressure in an 'I Want It Now' World
  4. Resume Posting vs. Resume Distribution: Do You Know the Difference?
  5. Ignite Your Mental Pilot Light
  6. How Do I Motivate My Staff?

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FREE SUBSCRIBER RESOURCES
  1. Executive Compensation Emerges as Top Corporate Governance Issue

Executive compensation has emerged as the top corporate governance issue this proxy season. Compensation panels are being scrutinized at unprecedented levels and shareholders are voting "no" on them when a disconnect between pay and performance is observed.

  1. KPMG Funds Continuous Business Reporting & Auditing Lab

At a time when investors want corporate transparency improved and financial information reported faster, Rutgers University will use a grant from KPMG International to establish a laboratory that will research and test next-generation technologies and methods for continuous business reporting and auditing.

  1. KPMG Creates 404 Inst. to Facilitate Financial Reporting Dialogue

KPMG has announced the establishment of the 404 Institute, an open forum designed to inspire the exchange of ideas and the development of research, leading practices, and a range of activities related to meeting the requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

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  1. As Demands on Directors Increase, So Does Pay

Two years ago, directors said they spent about 150 hours a year on board business; now it’s 250 hours. Audit committee members can expect to spend at least twice that amount, said Roger W. Raber, president of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

  1. Believe It or Not: Texas CPAs Share Their Funniest Tax Tales

Have you heard the one about the magic accounting wand? The puppies? The "ought to be" deductions? Believe it or not, the following tales are real-life tax stories told by Texas certified public accountants. No names are being used to protect the innocent.

  1. GAO Amends Continuing Education Requirements for Government Audits

The Government Accounting Office has issued new guidance related to continuing professional education requirements for the "Yellow Book."

MORE RESOURCES...

  1. Charities Next to Feel Regulators’ Scrutiny
  2. April 15: A Lighthearted Look at an Infamous Date
  3. The IRS Wants You...To Help Them Get Better
  4. Poll Says CEO Confidence Hits 20-Year High
  5. Survey: Tiered Benefits Packages Facilitate Employee Retention
  6. Analyst Identifies New Ways to Reduce Risk of ID Theft
  7. The "Top Ten Most Unusual Sales Tax Laws For 2004"
  8. Book Recommendation: Lean & Meaningful: A New Culture for Corporate America, by Roger E. Herman, Joyce L. Gioia, Joyce L. Herman

Does your company provide meaningful work for its employees? Here's a blueprint to help you attract, optimize, and retain top talent. Corporate culture makes a difference, and cultures are changing. The next generation of corporate culture will be dramatically different from the past. Learn why-and how-employers must shift to a more lean operation with a culture that's filled with meaning for everyone. Over 200 organizations are cited, with stimulating examples of how leading edge employers are providing meaning for their workers. Read commentaries from successful CEOs who share their "meaningful" secrets.

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  1. Ways to Get the Most from Negotiating via Email

In this article, we will cover what we’ve learned after negotiating several contracts that ranged into the millions of dollars over the lifetime of these agreements, using Email as the primary communication method.

  1. How do we Spread Flexibility in the Workplace?

Despite the desire by many professionals at some time in their careers to have more flexibility in their working arrangements, particularly now that technology makes it so much easier, decision makers and even the candidates for flexibility themselves resist such arrangements. In implementing flexibility, significant issues still remain regarding establishing trust and credibility.

  1. Coping with Time Pressure in an 'I Want It Now' World

We no longer have the sense of time escaping from a water bucket or being burned on a rope. But we feel the pressure of time as if we were being burned by it. But there are things you can do to maximize the time you do have to get more done. Here are seven techniques you can use today.

  1. Resume Posting vs. Resume Distribution: Do You Know the Difference?

With services to job seekers expanding continually, it’s important to understand the different options available to increase the exposure of your resume to potential employers and recruiters.

  1. Ignite Your Mental Pilot Light

You are well aware of the fact that written goals are catalysts, transforming agents for success and achievement. And, you also know that when you focus intensely on something you really want – you usually will get it. But have you ever taken the time to ask these three why, what and how questions?

  1. How Do I Motivate My Staff?

Here are 10 things that you can do over the next year to motivate your staff and get the returns that you deserve in your firm.

HOT TOPICS
  1. IRS Warns Businesses, Individuals to Watch for Questionable Tax Employment Practices
  2. KPMG, BearingPoint Pay $34 Million to Settle Travel Suit
  3. Microsoft Releases Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley
  4. SEC Publishes Notice of PCAOB Standard on Wording in Audit Reports
  5. While Corporate Profits Soared, Tax Bill Dropped to Zero

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