Archive for the ‘Lighten Up’ Category

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Thanksgiving Blessings

Happy Turkey Day to all my wonderful readers, followers, clients and friends. I count all of you among my many blessings! Enjoy your day with family and friends. Find some quiet time over the 4-day weekend to think about, and count, all your blessings.

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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

“As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” – Mr. Carlson, WKRP in Cincinnati

I hope you will enjoy your 4-day weekend and a special time of year with family and friends.

Have you seen Seth Godin’s Thanksgiving Reader? I hope you will use it tomorrow. Here’s a little bit about it from Godin:

I’m delighted to point you to the Thanksgiving Reader . The file you’ll find there is free, it’s printable, it’s sharable and it might give us something universal and personal to do this Thanksgiving.

The idea is simple: At your Thanksgiving celebration (and yes, it’s okay to use it outside the US!), consider going around the table and having each person read a section aloud.

During these ten or fifteen minutes, millions of people will all be reading the same words, thinking about the same issues, connecting with each other over the essence of what we celebrate. After all the travel and the cooking and the hassle, for these ten or fifteen minutes, perhaps we can all breathe the same air and think hard about what we’re thankful for.

It’s free to download and share. I hope you’ll let some people in your life know about it and incorporate it in your celebration this year. There’s no commercial element involved—after all, it’s Thanksgiving. 

Please share. 

Also, here’s a link to my Thanksgiving tradition – watching this classic clip. 

  • Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.
  • Erma Bombeck

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Flashback Friday – Emails Make An Impression – It Could Be Good and It Could Be Bad

“Dare to be honest and fear no labor.” – Robert Burns

This Friday, I want to remind you, with a former blog post, about the importance of email. Every email is an impression of you.

What Kind of Impression Do Your Emails Make – from September, 2016. Listen to Jeffrey Gitomer explain the importance in a short video.

Don’t forget, email is permanent. Some people have went to jail based on emails.

Have a great Labor Day weekend! Maybe it is a good time to ignore some emails.

  • Without labor nothing prospers.
  • Sophocles

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Flashback Friday – Goals

“Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.” – Audrey Hepburn

Here’s a post from 2015 – Check-in With Your Team – How Are They Doing With Their Goals?

I hope everyone in your firm, including admin and partners, are making progress in 2017 on their self-improvement goals!

  • They invented the All-Star Game for Willie Mays.
  • Ted Williams

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Flashback Friday – Amazing Things Can Happen

“If people knew how hard I worked to achieve my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.” – Michelangelo

If you work hard, amazing things can happen. This Friday I am sharing a post about hard work and success from February, 2015.

Click here for Amazing Things Can Happen.

  • I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
  • Thomas Jefferson

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Flashback Friday – Put Yourself in Selfie Mode

DSC03008“Vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.” – Earl Wilson

Today I am sharing a post from September 2015.

Selfie Mode

Have a great weekend!

Maybe you are at the beach, I hope so.

  • Laughter is an instant vacation.
  • Milton Berle

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Flashback Friday – Wow! You Are Doing Great!

“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” – G. B. Stern

It’s Friday and time to lighten-up and revisit a helpful blog post from the past.

In December of 2013, I wrote about showing your team members some appreciation when they are doing things well.

I liked to use WOW cards to convey my appreciation.

  • By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.
  • Voltaire

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Flashback Friday – Dress Code Crazy

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe

Over my many years in public accounting, this same topic raises its ugly head over and over again. When it came to the “no stockings” thing for females I finally just let it go! There are more important things in life.

Here’s some help for you originally posted in July 2016 – “Going Denim Every Day? Your Team Might Need Some Help.” It’s a fun and helpful one featuring Armanino LLP.

Flashback with me on Friday!

  • A woman's dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.
  • Sophia Loren

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Flashback Friday – David Maister

“It’s not hard to find smart people. It’s hard to find people who inspire and motivate.” – David Maister

David Maister, now retired, was a great source of valuable advice for those of us working in professional service firms.

Here’s a post from 2013 that lists: Maister-isms: Quotes From The Master.

  • People at accounting firms are starved for appreciation.
  • David Maister

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Flashback Friday – The Importance of Persistence

“What you have learned is never enough.” – Cher Wang

Here’s a story that explains the importance of persistence. Persistence has been a foundational piece of my career success. I hope you practice it, too.

When you have new ideas, practice persistence.

Have a great summer weekend.

  • Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
  • John Quincy Adams