Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

A New Year – No More Excuses

“It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

People working inside busy accounting firms always seem to have a lot of excuses.

  • I would have finished that tax return but I have been waiting on information from the client.
  • I could have gotten that engagement to you for review sooner but the staff person worked so slowly!
  • The year is almost gone, we can’t possibly work on that new process until after tax season.
  • We can’t adopt that new technology, it is just too expensive.
  • She is not meeting expectations but we need an extra pair of hands, especially in tax season. We’ll talk to her in the Spring.

Realizing that you have problems to deal with is often very frightening. When you make excuses and put off taking action it prevents the firm, and its people, from growing and prospering.

As firm leaders, you own the problems. Deal with them as they come. If you don’t, who will?

  • "He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."
  • Benjamin Franklin

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