Friday, January 8th, 2021

Flashback Friday – No Complaining!

“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Holidays are over. It is the first “work” Friday in 2021. The holiday hassles are a distant memory and the trauma of the last few days has subsided some. So, again in 2021, I will offer you a flashback post on some Fridays. The following post is one to keep in mind as you enter another tax season. It is from January 31, 2020:

TAX SEASON IS NOT COMPLAINING SEASON

I saw the following tweet by Greg Bell and thought of CPA firms:

“Would you like to spend time with someone who is constantly complaining about life, their job, gossiping about friends and coworkers, or putting themselves and others down? Or would you rather spend time with someone who is upbeat despite the challenges they face?” – Greg Bell (@gregbellspeaks)

Sad, isn’t it, that I think of CPA firms after reading this?

I have observed that when you get deep inside many accounting firms there is a lot of this going on.

In my personal experience working inside a firm, I found tax season to be a time when the general population of the firm was too busy to complain much. Almost everyone was focused, dedicated and possessed a sense of urgency.

The sad part is that after April 15th the moaning and groaning returned! I hope you are doing surveys so you can address some of the relevant issues. If it turns out that you have people who match-up with the quote above, you have the wrong people.

Address the issues and work to develop a No Whining culture!

  • "You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas."
  • Shirley Chisholm

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