Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

Focus On The Positive

“Don’t waste words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all.” – Mandy Hale

If you were a fly on the wall inside many CPA firms, you would hear people complain.

Sad to say, many of those complaints are about people. People complain about the partners, mostly about one or two specific partners. People complain about clients or the people who work for clients. People complain about their peers. People complain about people who clean the office.

In a novel I read recently, the main character is my kind of guy because – – “He really did like people because most people were pretty likable.”

One of the reasons I have worked in the CPA profession for so many years is the fact that most of the people working in the CPA profession are pretty likable.

So, the next time you start to complain about some person in your work life, stop and think. Are they really “pretty likable”?

On the other hand, if you have a legitimate complaint about a person, don’t do what happens most often in CPA firms. You are unhappy with Sally (she made a minor mistake), so you voice that complaint to Sue. Soon everyone knows you are unhappy with Sally except Sally. Don’t practice triangulation. So, if you have an issue with someone, talk only to them and don’t involve a third party.

  • "Watch out for the joy-stealers: gossip, criticism, complaining, faultfinding, and a negative, judgmental attitude."
  • Joyce Meyer

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