Archive for the ‘Lighten Up’ Category

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

Friday, July 26th, 2019

Friday! What Are You Doing Today?

“Tonight’s forecast; 99% chance of wine.” – Anonymous

It’s time for a Friday Flashback post. Friday flashbacks give me the chance to remind you of some older, hopefully, interesting posts, and free up some time to enjoy Fridays!

It is a beautiful morning in Ohio and in a couple of hours, I will be playing golf with my husband and some old friends. How about you? What are you doing this Friday?

If you have a few minutes read this post from last July – BUSY VS. BUSYNESS.

Have a great weekend. I’ll be hunting for golf balls.

  • Every Friday, I like to high five myself for getting through another week on little more than caffeine, will power, and inappropriate humor.
  • Nanea Hoffman

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Computers Are In Control or Are They?

“The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.” – Winston Churchill

In your accounting firms, software and computers have taken over many of the duties that were formerly done manually, preparing tax returns, figuring depreciation, etc. We have been warned that computers (robots, AI, etc) will take over even more of the routine accounting work. Never fear…

I was with a group recently, dining at a local restaurant. Several of the ladies had various coupons for discounts on their dinners and also wanted to take advantage of a “special” the restaurant was featuring.

The question was asked, “Can I use my coupon and also take advantage of the special?” The friendly, helpful server replied, “I can’t tell you for sure until we put it into the computer. The computer will tell us.” Interesting. So, I took from this that the computer was the ordering police allowing some orders and refusing others. I thought to myself, “Robots are in control!”

As it turned out, the friendly, helpful server informed us that my friends could take advantage of both “deals” because she had input the meal they ordered as a different meal and the computer allowed it!

So, you can now sleep at night knowing you can always resort to fooling the robots.

  • Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.
  • Lord Byron

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Make Your Website (and your Brand) Unique – Here’s a Great Example!

“If you want success, be unique.” – Natalie Massenet

Occasionally, I like to share CPA firm unique websites. I see so many that are static, boring and usually blue. Last year, I featured Bernie & Jason Ackerman of BNA CPAs & Advisors, one of my favorites. I love how they tell visitors to their site how they deliver a tax return in 3 days.

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This year, I just had to share the site of my good friends at Barton CPA & Associates. Their light-hearted and fun approach to business is simply refreshing.

When you get to their homepage, page down to see a picture of their lobby – tasteful, contemporary and colorful. Keep paging down to see other pictures: Part of their team, their conference room and a team picture at some kind of celebration. It sure looks festive and I don’t use the word “festive” about CPA firm websites often – well, never!

Check out the pictures on Greg Barton’s Twitter site. I love the March 23 tweet showing Greg in his office. Does your office look this good (and clean)?

Browse around the site. They have an Instagram account and Facebook, of course. I hope it gives you some ideas for taking action soon to update your site and inspiration to not take yourself too seriously.

A big thanks to Greg and Dee Dee for allowing me to share their excellent branding efforts and their uniqueness!

  • Uniqueness is what makes you the most beautiful.
  • Lea Michele