Archive for the ‘Lighten Up’ Category
Saturday, March 8th, 2014
I always enjoy the various Google Doodles that appear on various days throughout the year. This morning I was pleased to note that it is International Women’s Day.
It’a a good excuse to pause and consider our wonderful women in accounting. They make such a positive difference for their profession, their firm and for other women in accounting.
Read this article on Forbes about today’s Google Doodle.
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
Some of the most successful CEOs in the country had some interesting first jobs. You can check them out in this article – Surprising First Jobs of 10 Famous CEOS - on the Fast Company site.
How about having some fun during this busy time of year inside your firm or office?
Have everyone describe in a few sentences their very first paid job. Then perhaps your firm administrator can create a matching game with the data, listing the jobs and the names of all team members.
At a group in-office lunch, those attending play the matching game with the forms supplied by the administrator. Prizes are awarded to the people making the most correct matches.
Firms across the country, during this time of year, participate in fun things like this. One year The Association for Accounting Administration compiled ideas and offered a booklet titled, The Fun-tastic Firm to the members. Be sure to share these ideas with your AAA Chapter members and at your CPA firm association meetings.
Tax season is a game. You are doing what you do best and hopefully enjoying the challenges.
Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.
Saturday, March 1st, 2014
It is “busy” season. It is truly a stressful, fast-paced and challenging time for CPAs in public practice. For skilled CPAs, it is also a time of of doing your best work and actually enjoying the challenges. These smart people grow and bloom as they build their career as a CPA.
Maureen Schwartz, Executive Director of BKR International offers spouses The 10 Simple Rules of Caring For Your CPA this busy season.
Lighten-up, smile and relax, at least for a little while, this weekend.
Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.
Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
A friend sent me a link to this video. She works in the legal profession and the video is focused on attorneys. However, I think CPAs will definitely relate.
It’s well done and it sure made me smile. What we do about the huge topic of billable time in the CPA profession is for another day. This weekend, it’s just time to smile.
The most profound choice in life is to either accept things as they exist or to accept the responsibility for changing them.
From The Universal Traveler by Don Koberg & Jim Bagnall
Friday, February 14th, 2014
Many of you in the CPA world are probably not thinking about “happy” today.
You’ve been driving on icy roads, wading through snow drifts, sitting in traffic (maybe all night a couple of weeks ago in Atlanta). Maybe like me, you’ve been experiencing sub-zero weather week after week. On top of all that, your CPA firm team have struggled getting to the office and at the busiest time of year you are gradually getting farther and farther behind schedule. As I look at the weather this morning, another storm is heading towards the Northeast tonight/tomorrow.
But hey, it’s Valentine’s Day. I love the little valentine candy hearts with the positive messages. When I worked at a CPA firm I would spread them around the office on Valentine’s Day:
- So Fine
- Cutie Pie
- Be Mine
- My Guy
- My Gal
- Way to Go
Maybe this year, more than ever, it’s time to contemplate the Candy Heart Factory Rejects:
- You’ll Do
- Love Stinks
- Go Away
- Get Real
- Don’t Start
Lighten-up, in your office today, ask the team to submit their Candy Heart Factory Rejects list….. maybe: No Snow, Ice Melts, Cold Heart, Digging Out, I’m Swamped.
By the way…. I still feel this way:
If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.
Saturday, February 8th, 2014
My fees are a little higher now.
Some of my favorite quotes by Charles M. Schulz via the Peanuts gang:
- A whole stack of memories never equal one little hope.
- Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.
- I have a new philosophy. I’m only going to dread one day at a time.
- I think I’ve discovered the secret of life – you just hang around until you get used to it.
Check out these slides on Slideshare featuring quotes from Schulz.
Saturday, January 25th, 2014
This weekend it’s something off-topic but hopefully you will find it interesting.
I have always been interested in space and the sky in general, especially the night sky.
Science fiction was part of my growing up years – aliens from outer space was an on-going topic of interest. I had an older brother who found it joyful to scare me to death with tales of the unknown and aliens among us.
Naturally, I became a fan of The Twilight Zone, Outer Limits and especially the X-Files. Yes, I have visited the UFO Museum in Roswell, NM. I can watch some of the SyFy channel stuff but most seems little weird and silly rather than being scary.
My friend and CPA, Gary Ellinger of Adamson, LLC, gave me a heads-up this week about the European Space Agency’s Rosetta comet-chaser. The Rosetta has been sleeping for 3 years and woke up from it’s energy-saving sleep ready to carry out its history-making $1 billion mission. It’s wake-up message was sent from the spacecraft still 5.6 million miles from its comet destination via a pre-programmed tweet that said “Hello, world” in several languages.
It is to rendezvous with the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet in August.
Read this informative article in the LA Times. The truth is out there.
There is nothing in the dark that isn't there when the lights are on.
Rod Serling, writer and narrator of The Twilight Zone
Saturday, January 4th, 2014
It’s going to be a snowy Sunday in Ohio with deep-freeze temperatures to follow. -17 is predicted for my area Monday night. That is definitely not something that happens very often in Dayton, Ohio.
So, stay warm and safe this weekend and look through some pictures:
Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.
Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
Time is an illusion.
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
At year-end, it is always tradition to reflect back on the year that we have survived. That’s okay. But don’t spend much time there. Today, tomorrow and perhaps over the coming week-end think about what you (whatever your position inside a CPA firm) are going to do in 2014 to make it a milestone year for you (and maybe even the entire firm).
During 2013, I talked to many of you about becoming a Linchpin inside your firm – a person that makes things happen. I got on the Linchpin topic from reading Seth Godin’s book titled, of course, LINCHPIN.
I believe Godin’s brief chapter, below, could apply to anyone working inside a CPA firm. See what you think:
Getting a New Job Without Leaving
One day, Binny Thomas stood up.
She stood up, spoke up, and started doing a new job. She didn’t leave her organization, didn’t even get a new title or new responsibilities. Instead, she started doing her old job in a new way. Binny stopped going to meetings with the goal of finding deniability or problems to avoid. Instead, she started leaning in and seeking out projects where she could make a difference.
Suddenly, Binny was inspired. She was looking for opportunities instead of hiding from blame. She was putting herself on the line, pushing through the dip, and making things happen. The fascinating (and universal) truth is that the opportunities came after she was inspired – she wasn’t inspired by the opportunities.
Binny’s old job was just fine. She did it extremely well. She followed the map, followed instructions, did what she was told and got paid what she was worth. Binny wasn’t in danger of losing her job, but she had already given up her soul. She had plateaued, this was the end. Then she changed her mind.
Six weeks later, she got a huge promotion and another, even better new job than the new job she had given herself. Binny is now running a worldwide program of motivated scholars. All it took was a choice. Binny didn’t ask for permission to do her job better; she merely decided to.
Are you looking to others to make your job better, more enjoyable? Are you sometimes in denial? Are you doing an adequate job but feel like you have plateaued? Read the last sentence of the chapter, above, again.
Have a fun tonight during your New Year’s Eve festivities. Happy New Year to all of you and to the MANY Linchpins in the CPA profession I met and talked with during 2013.
When you are having a tough day at the office in 2014, think of Mark Twain’s quote below and smile.
Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough.