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Friday, October 30th, 2020

Friday Musings

“Great ideas emerges from useless fragments of thoughts.” – Michael Bassey Johnson

On Fridays, I often provide you with a flashback post – something I have written about before. Sometimes I save Fridays for random thoughts, ideas, and comments.

Here’s a flashback post on an age-old topic – Getting Partners to Change.

Now on to other stuff.

This week I spent some time preparing for CPAFMA’s virtual Accelerator for people managing accounting firms. The virtual event will take the place of FMA’s 2020 annual conference and will provide practice managers with some timely and helpful information. This program is exclusively designed to help participants professionally manage accounting firms of varying sizes.

I will be involved in the Strategy, Leadership & Growth Accelerator – Monday, November 9th at 11:40a – 1:30p EST and also in the Talent & People Accelerator on November 10th at 12:20p – 2:20p EST.

This week I was featured via an AICPA PCPS podcast – Small Firm Philosophy. I hope you will set aside some time this weekend to listen.

Next week, I will be speaking (virtually) with one of the AICPA PCPS small firm networking groups.

Finally, my newsletter went out yesterday. Did you receive your copy? Be sure to check your spam filter. Here’s a link to one of the articles titled, Afraid. This article will only be available online for a limited time. Sign-up for my newsletter via my website.

Have a nice weekend. Monday will be November and you have a lot to do!

  • The best advice I’ve ever received is 'No one else knows what they’re doing either'.
  • Ricky Gervais

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Think Time

“Take a rest. A field that has rested yields a beautiful crop.” – Ovid

I recently read a tweet by Chris McClure: “Sitting quietly is the conduit for receiving a million great ideas.”

CPAs in public practice (and the people who work for them) seem to never have time to actually sit quietly and do nothing. I assume they did when they were children and maybe even teenagers but they seem to have forgotten how.

They blame it on due dates, clients, and the IRS. I hear the we-are-so busy and the we-are-slammed comments over and over again.

In this kind of work environment, it is difficult to find time to sit quietly and let your mind wander. You must take positive steps to find the time to just think. You HAVE the time, it is just a matter of how you spend it.

Think about it, do minutes or even hours slip through your fingers every day? Why not budget just 20 minutes a day to sit quietly? I do it first thing in the morning, sipping a cup of coffee. It sometimes amazes me how interesting thoughts and ideas creep through my mind when I allow time for it to happen.

  • Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.
  • David Allen

Monday, July 27th, 2020

It’s Not Easy

“People who coddle you don’t believe in you.” – Dan Rockwell

Today’s quotation is meaningful for those of you (us) working in the CPA profession.

It takes a lot of effort and hard work to succeed in public accounting. Yes, you gain knowledge and experience through hard work. But, another ingredient will almost certainly assure that you reach your potential.

That ingredient is not a thing, it’s a person. You need someone who cares about your success and pushes you to do things that you never previously imagined you could.

Personally, I believe the success I achieved over the years is because specific individuals pushed, coaxed, and urged me to do more, learn more and accomplish more. It meant that I tackled some uncomfortable challenges that turned out to be very beneficial to my career success.

In my early years, I learned that I really enjoyed working for/with someone who had high expectations. I guess my own self-motivation just wasn’t quite enough.

Find a mentor, boss, coach, or even a peer who is not afraid to push you and help you set some lofty goals. Stay away from those that make it easy for you.

  • Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.
  • John Ruskin

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

CPA Management Newsletter

“One thing is sure. We have to do something. We have to do the best we know how at the moment. If it doesn’t turn out right, we can modify it as we go along.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

My January Solutions For CPA Firm Management newsletter went out yesterday. If you did not receive a copy and would like to – sign up here.

Hopefully, it will help you keep pace with the changing world of CPA firm management.

  • You'll never get bored when you try something new. There's really no limit to what you can do.
  • Dr. Seuss

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

Reminiscing Today

“A whole stack of memories never equal one little hope.” – Charles M. Schulz

Today is a special date for me. It is my blog anniversary. I have completed 14 years of blogging.

I started blogging on January 2, 2006, and I have written a blog post every business day since then. There may have been two or three exceptions over all those years but I honestly can’t remember not posting. I did not miss posting on trips out of the country, across the International Date Line to Australia, while rafting on rivers in Costa Rica, visiting Canada and Mexico and on many trips to national parks across the country. The easy access to Wi-Fi is amazing.

Here’s that first post:

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

I know that many of you, visiting this blog, are 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 am sending you the same message today – let’s continually explore ways to improve your firm and yourself.

I have also been tweeting for many years. I started in April 2008 and continue to tweet several times a day – every business day. Follow me on twitter!

  • I think it would be interesting if old people got anti-Alzheimer's disease where they slowly began to recover other people's lost memories.
  • George Carlin

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

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Communication & Inclusiveness

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”  – Jack Welch

To develop an enthusiastic and loyal team it is important to communicate and be inclusive. Firm leaders should be doing this every day.

Many firms take the opportunity to do this on a higher level at least once a year with a full firm retreat, state of the firm event or similarly named gathering. I had the wonderful opportunity yesterday to be part of Kirsch CPA Group’s full firm event in Hamilton, Ohio.

IMG_0878The three partners, John Kirsch, Chad Williams, and Pete Abner each talked to the team about firm performance, future focus and the unveiling of a new training program that will provide each team member with a full-fledged career development plan that is backed up with extensive educational opportunities.

Recruiting and retaining isn’t enough. Now it is about attracting and developing. You want talented accountants to seek out your firm because your brand is a strong magnet for people who want to advance their careers in public accounting.

  • Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.
  • Brian Tracy

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

I Love to Share This on Thanksgiving.

ThanksgivingEvery day is a time for being thankful. Enjoy family, friends, and food. Most of all, be sure your day is filled with laughter.

I love this, from WKRP in Cincinnati, and share it often on Thanksgiving.

I am especially thankful for all of you, followers of my blog – thank-you for reading!

  • When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

Podcasts

“I am still learning.” – Michelangelo

Podcasts are becoming more and more popular within the CPA profession. Many of you listen to podcasts as you commute back and forth to the office.

Check out this infographic via Podcast Insights that gives you some interesting facts about podcasting.

If you want to learn more about CPA practice management, firm governance and trends, listen to my podcast with Brannon Poe of Poe Group Advisors.

  • The older I get, the more I see a straight path where I want to go. If you're going to hunt elephants, don't get off the trail for a rabbit.
  • T. BOONE PICKENS

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Managing An Accounting Practice Newsletter

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain

My July newsletter went out this week. Did you receive your copy?  This month I feature my podcast on the topic of CPA management. I also provide information about my advisory services. If you are not on the mailing list, you can sign-up here.

July NL

  • It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
  • Oscar Wilde