Archive for the ‘Lighten Up’ Category

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – It’s a Write-Off

You work for an accounting firm. You know what “write-off” means. A lot of people do not know what write-off means or what it is.

Think about that when you are talking to clients and non-accounting minded people. What other phrases or words do you use that might be a mystery to others.

A conversation I overheard years ago…..

Client on phone:  I will not have my information ready, what do I do?

Accountant:  That’s okay, you just need a 7004.

Client:  What is a 7004?

Seinfeld and Kramer are also puzzled about a write-off.

  • For me the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity.
  • Gotthold Lessing

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

LIghten-Up – The Stressful Beginning of The School Year

There’s a guy on YouTube, a school principal from somewhere, that posts some pretty hilarious videos about the lives of teachers.

Decades ago, I was a kindergarten teacher’s aide. I was in charge of three consecutive lunch sessions (30 minutes each) for kids from kindergarten through 4th grade every day (about 400 kids). The teachers would be relieved for 30 minutes while Mrs. Keller handled the ups and downs of lunch time. Kindergarten kids were very entertaining. Why mothers put thermos lids on so tightly is beyond me. I must have opened thousands!

That’s why this video about  the most stressful part of the beginning of the school year (kindergarten lunchroom duty) hits home with me and is so true! Enjoy.

  • If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.
  • Jim Rohn

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Make A Wish

What will you be doing in ten years?

This beautiful video comes from David Wolfe.

  • Make your life spectacular!
  • Robin Williams

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Jim Henson

“Life is meant to be fun, and joyous, and fulfilling.”- Jim Henson

Yesterday, I blogged about getting The Right People on your CPA firm bus.

No one did that better than Jim Henson.

Each summer (spring, fall, and winter, too), I encourage you to READ. Not just CPA stuff! Read fiction and non-fiction for enjoyment and inspiration.

I am currently reading Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones. Henson had a knack, skill, aptitude, whatever you want to call it for finding and hiring the right people. He also said, “The beauty of nature has been one of the great inspirations in my life.” 

So, do three things this weekend – read, take a walk, and…. Lighten-up this weekend and enjoy The Swedish Chef making a banana split.

  • Please watch out for each other and love and forgive everybody. It’s a good life, enjoy it.
  • Jim Henson

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend. Are You Tweeting?

I’m always urging CPAs to tweet. It is a powerful social media tool that can help build your firm brand and also provide valuable information to your clients and team members.

This week (Friday) I shared how powerful Twitter is for building a niche and a personal brand (@SportsTaxMan).

Joey Havens, the managing partner of Horne LLP, also provides some very powerful and motivational tweets (@JoeyHavensCPA). Follow me on Twitter: @cpamanagement.

Heck! Even my son’s dog tweets! (@JackJackDogDog).

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  • Every dog has his day, unless he loses his tail, then he has a weak-end.
  • June Carter Cash

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Learn More About Numbers From A Teacher

Accountants love numbers. So do teachers. This guy has some interesting numbers for you. Teachers need bumper numbers, too!

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – How To Fold A Shirt In Two Seconds

Time for something off-topic, humorous or even weird.

Just something for you to practice as you enjoy this beautiful summer Sunday. I tried it. It works.

Monday, July 4th, 2016

Lighten-Up, It’s The Long 4th Of July Weekend – Is That You With Rita?

I have been busy at conferences in June and I want to share some of my pictures. I will add them to my “Is that you with Rita” Flickr page but I don’t have them there yet. I made some composites to share. Maybe you will see yourself. The people I meet and have met over these many years are my greatest treasure.

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  • Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
  • Ronald Reagan

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

Lighten-UP, It’s The Weekend – These Ducks Have A Job

Do you like wine? I do. I’m sure glad that these Indian Runner ducks parade twice a day into a vineyard in South Africa to rid the vineyard of pests.

It keeps the vineyard pesticide free. They have worked at this vineyard for over 30 years. Read the entire story here and watch the video below. NPR always has some very interesting content!

Relax and enjoy your weekend!

  • It doesn't matter if you're born in a duck yard, so long as you are hatched from a swan's egg.
  • Hans Christian Andersen, The Ugly Duckling

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Dress Code For Casual Attire In A CPA Firm

“My first impressions of people are invariably right.” – Oscar Wilde

It seems that in many firms we really don’t have dress codes any longer. We have everything from shirt/tie to denim jeans every day.

9491182077_e9b8f2d0bf_bEven with jeans, there seem to be quite a few “qualifiers” surrounding when and when not to wear them.

Also, casual dress guidelines seem to be more challenging for females, especially when warm weather abounds.

A good friend of mine, a principal in a CPA firm, shared her firm’s guideline for defining “casual” dress in their firm. They made it very simple and straightforward. They call it “The 4 B’s” – – –

No bare Back – No bare Butts – No bare Bellies – No bare Boobs

Simple, direct and it sure made me smile. Have a great weekend!

Photo: Flickr, Ben Eekhof

  • The way you dress is the billboard that tells perceptive people how you feel about yourself.
  • Barbara Walters