Archive for the ‘Lighten Up’ Category

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

Weekends – Lighten-Up

“Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.” – George Carlin

For several years I also wrote a daily post for the weekends. Something that was funny or off-topic. In recent years, I have just stuck with the weekday posts.

Since so many of you are working from home now (like I have done for the last 12 years), you will find that weekends don’t seem much different than weekdays!

So, I will begin posting some flashbacks (and some new observations) so you can lighten-up, it’s the weekend.

Here’s one I hope you like – Is This You?

  • Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn't mean the circus has left town.
  • George Carlin

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend

Wondering if the handshake will become a thing of the past? Maybe the Vulcan greeting sign might be the answer.

  • May I say that I have not thoroughly enjoyed serving with Humans? I find their illogic and foolish emotions a constant irritant.
  • Spock

Monday, February 17th, 2020

Frustration

“If change is happening on the outside faster than on the inside, the end is in sight.” – Jack Welch

We all like to tell our recruits and potential new-hires that “our firm is different”  – – I find that in the hundreds of firms that I have interacted with, nearly all of them have many of the same issues and frustrations.

Are you often frustrated? – “The firm” isn’t changing fast enough. New initiatives often get delayed. Leaders are not setting a good example. People leave messes in the kitchen!

All this reminds me of a story. Stories and quotations inspire me and hopefully, they do the same for you. When I was actively working inside an accounting firm, a friend of mine gave me some good advice. When something really frustrates you just substitute the word fascinated for frustrated.  When you go to get coffee, the pot has about 1/25th of an inch of coffee in it….. isn’t that fascinating?

I could elaborate more fully on the fascination of surviving in a CPA firm. But, the purpose of this blog is to communicate what you can do to make things run smoother, better, faster and more efficient.

I hope you also follow me on twitter:  @cpamanagement.

  • Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.
  • Kurt Vonnegut

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Lighten-Up – It’s Friday

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  • I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
  • John Adams

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

The Year – 2019

“Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” – Robin Sharma

2019 is making its exit. It made me feel better about this past year by watching a link inserted below today’s Google Doodle.

I inserted it below. If it doesn’t show on your phone, go to my blog site to view it or simply go to Google’s home page today (December 31, 2019). It will be two minutes well spent. 2020 will be a leap year – use it to make your firm LEAP ahead.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

  • Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

Merry Christmas

“My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.” – Jim Henson

Warmest holiday wishes to all my clients and friends in the CPA profession. Celebrate with family and friends and bask in the warmth and joy of the season.

Thank you for allowing me to be a resource to you and your firm and for following my blog and reading my tweets! Do all you can to make 2020 your best year ever!

(To see the video, below, you have to go to my website.)

  • Never eat more than you can lift.
  • Miss Piggy

Friday, December 20th, 2019

Want To Feel Good?

“Music can change the world.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

Every year around this time, I take a few minutes to watch Darlene Love sing Baby Please Come Home on YouTube.

It was an annual event on the David Letterman show for years and her last performance on his show was December 2014 as his show was coming to an end.  It gives you a-rockin’ good feeling and certainly injects some joy in the Christmas season for me.

If you want to see a mashup of her Letterman performances over the years (and see how her looks have evolved), click here.

  • Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can't.
  • Johnny Depp

Friday, September 27th, 2019

It’s Friday – Clean Up Your Emails

“No one got rich checking their email more often.” – Noah Kagan

I have heard it for years. Now, I hear it more from Baby Boomers working at accounting firms.

“I have so many emails! I just can’t keep up.”

Younger generations have found other ways to make contact. One Boomer partner’s comment to me: “My clients are texting me! I can’t deal with that!”

I have known some CPA partners and managers who almost think it is a badge of courage to say they have 1,500 emails in the inbox! Or, “I get 200 emails per day!”

Do you have hundreds in your firm email inbox? Go ahead, delete them all in one bold action and start over.

I like the efficiency practice I learned years ago in dealing with paper items sitting in a physical inbox sitting on your desk. It applies to email now.

Look at the item. You have three choices.

  1. Delegate it.
  2. Deal with it immediately.
  3. Throw it in the trash.

Have a great fall weekend.

 

  • Email is having an increasingly pernicious effect. Not only is it having a perceptible effect on productivity, it's skewing what it is we focus on. The immediate increasingly crowds out the important.
  • Noreena Hertz

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Is This You?

“If in anything I have faith in something you could call the human spirit – I have faith it will always save itself at the last minute.” – Vashti Bunyan

There is a cast of characters working inside every CPA firm. You probably give them nicknames. Just maybe you are one of those famous characters yourself.

The nickname – Last Minute Larry or Last Minute Lisa might apply to more than one partner in your firm. They just simply seem to be unable to manage their clients who are also last-minute types.

Lighten-up, maybe this shirt would be a great gift!

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  • We humans appear on the cosmic calendar so recently that our recorded history occupies only the last few seconds of the last minute of December 31st.
  • Carl Sagan

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

Flashback Friday – Say Things Differently

“Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.” – Eric Hoffer

Sometimes it is nice to phrase the way you say “thank-you” differently.

Click here to read this post from February. You might not have had time to read it then!

  • You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson