Monday, January 2nd, 2023

Seventeen Years

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Eliot

This year, 2023, January 2nd falls on a Monday. It did the same in 2006. I posted my first blog post on Monday, January 2, 2006. Here it is:

Happy New Year 2006 and Welcome to Rita Keller’s Blog.

I know that many of you visiting this Blog are a part of my expanding team of CPA firm management explorers – seeking new ways and revisiting proven, old ways of efficiently and profitably managing the CPA firm of the future – the firm where young professionals will want to build their careers.

I am just getting started, so check back soon for more information.

I have been writing about CPA firm management every workday for seventeen years. It amazes me that I never seem to run out of topics to cover, observations to share, and, sometimes, create amusement for people working in the CPA profession.

Here’s my second post on January 3rd, 2006. It is interesting how most of it still applies.

The first work day of 2006 – CPA firm style

After having a couple of shorter work weeks and counting down the days until “busy” season, it has finally arrived. Here are some thoughts and questions that might trigger ideas and actions:

Have you conducted your six-month or quarterly goal-setting sessions with all of your direct reports?
Did you set expectations clearly and high enough to help them grow, no matter how long they have been with you?
Assign some professional reading to your admin team – you might be surprised how much they enjoy it
Are you focusing on the individual strengths of each person and using them to make the entire firm better?
Have your partners and managers done
the same with their direct reports?
What about the scheduling system for your accountants? Have you thoughtfully re-engineered it within the last two years?

We have several new hires joining the firm this week. I give each of them their own copy of “True Professionalism” by David Maister. If you haven’t read it yourself, it should be on your 2006 reading list. A more complete reading list will follow later this week.

  • "If you can do what you do best and be happy, you are further along in life than most people."
  • Leonardo DiCaprio

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