Archive for the ‘Things about Rita’ Category

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Top Blogs & Websites for Accounting & Tax Pros

blogaware“Awards can give you a tremendous amount of encouragement to keep getting better, no matter how young or old you are.” – Alan Alda

I am delighted to be included in the 2017 Feedspot ranking of Top 100 CPA Blogs and Websites For Accounting & Tax Pros.

Feedspot allows you to read all your favorite blogs in one place. I am No. 45 on the list.

Maybe you aren’t aware of all the great blogs being written for CPAs. This list will be a valuable resource for you when deciding which blogs to follow and maybe inspire you to write a blog yourself!

Thank-you, Feedspot!

  • To refuse an award is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.
  • Mark Twain

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Georgia Society of CPAs – March Madness

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“The key is not the will to win, everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.” – Bob Knight

Many thanks to the Georgia Society for featuring my article, Lessons Learned: Two Kinds of March Madness, in March/April 2017 issue of their magazine, Current Accounts.

I hope all of you who are members of the Georgia Society will read the magazine or access it online.

If you are a non-member, I will be using the article in my upcoming newsletter. You can subscribe here.

Hint: There is the AFMM March Madness and there is the NCAA March Madness. Of course, AFMM stands for Accounting Firm March Madness.

  • Once you are labeled - the best - you want to stay up there, and you can't do it by loafing around. If I don't keep changing, I'm history.
  • Larry Bird

Monday, February 27th, 2017

If You Like My Blog – I Hope You Will Vote

“A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” – Theodore Roosevelt

I try to write helpful blog posts for the CPA profession. As most of you know, I have been writing daily for eleven years.

This year my blog has been selected as one of the 50 finalists by WalletHub. They are now seeking votes from readers to determine the BEST blogs being written for tax professionals.

Here’s where you vote – I’m #30:

https://wallethub.com/blog/best-tax-blogs/32604/

I hope you will vote and share the link with others who would be willing to vote for my blog.

It’s Monday, so think positive, get a lot done this week, keep your sense of humor and have fun.

  • Good, better, best. Never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best.
  • St. Jerome

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

CPAs Should Be Writing

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

You are smart. You are educated. You have so much inside your brain to share! Why is it so difficult for you to WRITE?

  • Write a blog.
  • Write a note to a client.
  • Write a note to a team member
  • Write an article for the firm newsletter (rather than buying articles)
  • Write an article for your local business newspaper

Share your knowledge so that people know you…..

  1. Are smart
  2. Want to share
  3. Want to help them know more
  4. Want to save them money

I wrote all that so I could share my Grammarly stats for 2016.

Here’s my message from Grammarly:

Wow, what a year you’ve had. Based on our calculations we see that you had 103,390 words checked with Grammarly this year. Good job!

That’s not all. You made 143 corrections. That’s a rate of only 0.13% mistakes per words written. Good stuff indeed. Oh, and by the way, 5 of these corrections were advanced
(Premium) mistakes.

  • Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
  • Unknown

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

To Begin This New Year – Be Kind

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

This week, I am celebrating completing ELEVEN years of blogging every business day on the topic of CPA firm management. Here’s an introduction I did on January 5, 2006 – my third blog post. Notice how many of the publications I recommended no longer exist.

My theme, behind all of the practical information I share, began in 2006 and will continue into 2017:  Be kind and practice civility.

From his book, Choosing Civility, Pier Massimo Forni says:

“Civility means a great deal more than just being nice to one another. It is complex and encompasses learning how to connect successfully and live well with others, developing thoughtfulness, and fostering effective self-expression and communication. Civility includes courtesy, politeness, mutual respect, fairness, good manners, as well as a matter of good health.”

  • Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
  • Mark Twain

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Stuff Happens

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” – Albert Einstein

I used to have a magnetic red sign with bold white letters that stated the title of this blog post (Stuff Happens) except it did not say “Stuff.” It was on the side of a filing cabinet where only I could see it. It helped put things in perspective, at times.

Yesterday, I had some troubles updating my WordPress site and had to go to a back-up (from Sept. 6). Thus, I lost my posts for Sept. 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 and they can’t be retrieved. If you are a subscriber, you have them via the email you receive. I will try to re-post them from that source.

I pride myself on having a post for every business day. Once in a while, I might miss one day but never that may in a row.

When you have some small troubles or inconveniences, take them in stride. Because, as you know, “stuff happens!”

  • It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
  • John Wooden

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

An Important Step In Staff Development

“Mentoring is easy and natural; it does not have to be just another dreaded task on your to-do list.” – Rita Keller

Thanks so much to Accounting Today and Sean McCabe for featuring many of my comments in the article, Molding the Future of the Profession – Mentoring young staff should be a crucial part of the recruiting and retention toolkit of more accounting firms.” 

Follow the link to read the entire article. And, thanks to Edi Osborne for all of her great comments in the article.

Here are some bullet point highlights:

  • Mentoring is just as important as salary and technology.
  • Mentoring requires an investment of time and money.
  • It is about attracting and strengthening future leaders for the profession.
  • Young people will buy into the vision of what it means to be a CPA and stay in the profession longer if they make a solid connection with someone who has already been down that road.
  • CPAs are great at teaching young people the technical skills but fail to impart knowledge about relationship-building and career-building skills.
  • Showing and not telling is vital to the mentor-mentee relationship.
  • Effective mentoring has become a strategic focus for the most progressive and successful firms.
  • You have to water the flowers you want to grow.
  • Stephen Covey

Friday, June 17th, 2016

CPA Management Newsletter

My newsletter went out yesterday. Here are the stories I included in this edition:

  • The Latest On Issues Being Faced By Firms
  • Keep The Feedback Flowing – Video Interview
  • Need To Talk?

I hope you received your copy. Be sure to check your spam filter. If you are not on my mailing list, you can sign up for my newsletter here.

 

  • By the time we've made it, we've had it.
  • Malcolm Forbes

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Memorial Day Remembrance

VN soldiers1Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving their country’s armed forces.

While we do remember and honor all of our veterans on Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day is the other special holiday for all who have served.

I have been fortunate in that I have only known one person who died serving their country. A boy from our high school, a year ahead of me, died in Vietnam. I did not know him well but I do look up his name on the Wall every time I am in Washington DC.

There is another name I always visit when I am at the Wall. I did not know him, personally, but I am very fond of his son. I have even been with his son to together look at the name on the Vietnam Wall. His son is my good friend, Roman Kepczyk, known to many of you in the CPA profession. Below is a picture of Roman’s father’s name on the Wall.

I hope you will take a few moments today to remember those who have died in service to our country.

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  • One of the best ways to keep peace is to be prepared for war.
  • General George Washington

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

The Value Of Leadership

This week I am so fortunate to be able to spend a couple of days at the AICPA offices in NYC with some of the most progressive minds in CPA firm management.

The New Horizon Group has a long history of serving the CPA profession. I have been a member for nearly 15 years (and was the first female to be invited!). The faces have changed over the years but the content of our discussions still in enriching to all of us. Our goal is to simply help CPAs, in public practice, be the best they can be.

Yesterday, Allan Koltin shared an important trend – In the last decade, he has seen the perceived value of leadership/management in CPA firms go up greatly. Partners really understand that it is a business and are showing much more appreciation for the managing partner and other management leaders. For high performing firms, size doesn’t matter. If they let the CEO truly run the business, they all make more money.

New Horizon Group Members are: Jim Bourke, Sue Coffey, Gale Crosley, Chris Frederiksen, Carl George, Angie Grissom, Rita Keller, Roman Kepczyk, Allan Koltin, Jim Metzler, Marc Rosenberg and Jennifer Wilson.

  • The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.
  • Ronald Reagan