Archive for the ‘Lighten Up’ Category

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Lighten Up – Flashback Fridays For Summer

“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.” – Maud Hart Lovelace, author

Summer officially arrived this week. I hope you are carving out some time to simply enjoy a beautiful summer day.

Here’s my Friday flashback.

Twitter As A Resource – Not Just Noise

 

  • Summer is very precious.
  • Dylan Lauren

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Lighten Up – Summer Fridays

“Laughter is an instant vacation.” – Milton Berle

fullsizeoutput_4085I am going to take my own advice. I’m doing things other than working all day on Fridays! Like last Friday, for example, I enjoyed watching my grandkids paddle board for the first time.

So, this summer I will not be writing a new blog post on Fridays.

On most Fridays this summer, I will be simply posting a link to a previous blog post that I think is important for you to read.

This Friday:

Here’s one from June last year (2016): My View – Casual Dress.

Have a great weekend.

  • A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.
  • Robert Orben

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Just for Fun – Taglines and Slogans

“Semper fidelis” – Marine Corps motto

I think everyone knows who you mean when you refer to the tagline – Just do it! Can the people working inside your firm quickly recite your tagline? It is something familiar to your clients?

Just for fun, here are some famous taglines from over the years. I bet you can remember the company using the tagline:

  • Finger Lickin’ Good
  • The king of beers
  • Because I’m worth it
  • Let your fingers do the walking
  • Don’t leave home without it
  • M’m! M’m! Good!
  • Where’s the beef
  • The ultimate driving machine
  • Got milk?
  • We try harder
  • The happiest place on earth

More fun…. thanks to Accounting Today, I found a list of CPA firm taglines. Many incorporate the words:  Numbers, add, and passion.

  • Beyond the numbers
  • Strength in numbers
  • It all adds up
  • Our strength. Your numbers.
  • The passion to unlock potential
  • Passion works here
  • Turning vision into value
  • Delivering on the promise
  • Your success is our business
  • See beyond the numbers

For even more fun, here are some law firm taglines:

  • We take it personally
  • Solving your legal puzzle
  • Law. Life. Passion.
  • Right there with you
  • Getting it done
  • Results. Period.
  • Unusually good
  • Fewer lawyers. Bigger impact.
  • Small but mighty
  • Ready for trial!
  • We make the complex simple
  • Putting imagination to work

My firm used “Pushing the Possibilities.” How about your firm? I hope you have something catchy!

  • Slogans rarely convince the unconvinced. However, they do rally the troops already on your side.
  • John McCarthy

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Lighten-up, It’s The Weekend – What You May Have Missed This Week

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates

I know you are busy and maybe didn’t have time to read some of my blog post this last week. I hope you save the link to this post and review it when you have more time later this month. There were two post this week you should definitely read.

Perhaps you missed:

Monday – I was attending the New Horizon Group meeting and did not post this Monday (I apologize, I rarely miss).

Tuesday – A VERY important post – I urge you to learn more about blockchain and how it will affect the future of your firm.

Wednesday – You should have already learned this…. advice on NOT writing LONG emails.

Thursday – Another IMPORTANT topic – Can what you are doing be done by artificial intelligence?

Friday – Are you too distracted to see what is happening around you? Pay attention!

Many of you are working today (Saturday) but I hope most of you are not working tomorrow!

  • Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.
  • Jane Austen

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Lighten-Up, It’s the Weekend

Just something to think about this weekend. I recently read a quote from Carl Sagan that made me appreciate what a wonderful thing we have – the unique planet we inhabit.

“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.” – Carl Sagan

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  • Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
  • Carl Sagan

Friday, March 17th, 2017

You Might Think You Are Ordinary But You Are Not – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

“With good friends, you can’t lose.” – Kermit the Frog

I like this post for St. Patrick’s Day. I last used it in 2011. It still applies – So eat some green bagels or cupcakes and have a green beer this evening and think about NOT being green. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Can CPAs relate to Kermit and his tale about:  It’s not easy being green?

As Kermit says, “Wouldn’t it be nicer being red, or yellow or gold?  Green seems like you blend in with so many other ordinary things and people tend to pass you over ’cause you’re not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water.

Perhaps, because you are a CPA you might feel ordinary or under-appreciated.  Well…. YOU ARE NOT!

As Kermit continues, “But green’s the color of Spring and green can be cool and friendly-like and green can be big like an ocean, or important like a mountain, or tall like a tree.  When green is all there is to be it could make you wonder why, but why wonder why wonder, I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful and I think it’s what I want to be.”

  • My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.
  • Jim Henson

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – The Generations

“Live your life and forget your age.” – Norman Vincent Peale

The Greatest Generation and the Silent Generation have, for the most part, left the workforce. You are dealing with Baby Boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials. Generation Z is approaching your doorstep.

Here’s a recent run down on the numbers. Gen Z, as you can see, will bring big numbers into the workforce.

Have a great weekend!

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  • A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
  • Robert Frost

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Time For Something Off Topic

“Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies. Nobody that matters, that is.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay

I often forget how much I love poetry. Years ago, I would buy poetry books and actually read them cover to cover.

I imagine you have heard this one, First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay, but probably never knew the author.

If you use your imagination, you can probably relate the words of this poem to how many of you feel about the CPA profession.

First Fig

My candle burns at both ends;

It will not last the night;

But oh, my foes, and oh, my friends-

It gives a lovely light.

  • Set the foot down with distrust on the crust of the world - it is thin.
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend. How about some Disco!

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley

When I first began my career in public accounting, we actually had a partner who would wear a leisure suit to work… honest! It was light blue. A few years later, some of our partners would wear plaid pants with navy blue blazers. Oh, my.

Fashions change, that’s for sure. Back then we would never have believed that partners would some day be wearing blue jeans on a weekday. I do know that I prefer jeans to leisure suits any day.

Lighten-up this weekend and enjoy John Garrett’s video – – It’s not the Dancing Queen that accountants love, it’s an Adding Machine.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Real-Life Valentine Messages

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schultz

When I worked every day in a busy accounting firm, I always loved having some fun and light-heartedness on Valentine’s Day. After all, it falls in one of your busiest times of the year, a time when people are gradually becoming more stressed as the days fly by.

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
  • Be True

What if you could put small messages about how you are really feeling today on some candy hearts? Would they be something like:

  • Get real
  • Too busy
  • Buzz off
  • Wake up
  • Go away
  • Wasn’t me

Lighten-up today and have some fun. Ask your team to submit Accounting Firm Candy Heart Messages. Sure they can include some nice and some irritating messages – share them at lunch time and have some laughs. I bet your people can be very creative.

Here’s my favorite candy heart message:

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  • If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
  • Maya Angelou