Archive for the ‘Things about Rita’ Category

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

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Old Friends

I think the old saying, “Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold” applies to all of us. It certainly does to me. I love my new friends (clients, neighbors, business associates) and I sincerely treasure the old friends, especially the ones I have made through Triple-A, now called: CPAFMA (CPA Firm Management Association).

Those CPAFMA friends are spread across the country. But, there is a special group that are (or were) members of the Indiana Chapter of AAA. It is where I first met other people called firm administrators back in the late 1980s. In those early years, we also had joint meetings with the Illinois Chapter. Many of those former members are very near and dear to me, too.

Roman Kepczyk, of Right Networks, is one of those members I met very early on, even though he was in Arizona. He has been an advisor to the national CPFMA organization for many years. He was coming to Indianapolis to speak to the Chapter this last Friday. So, with Virginia Lowery’s urging, I contacted several old friends and we arranged a reunion so we could all visit with Roman again on Thursday evening before his presentation to the Chapter on Friday.

We had a wonderful evening and shared so many great memories of many, many national conferences. We had FIVE past national presidents/chairs in attendance. You can see the entire president list here.

Pictured from left front and around the table: Bill Leach, Virginia Lowery, Colleen Endres, Peggy Burnstein, Anita Goetz, Me, Treva Olson, Donna Cimino, Bill’s wife Nancy, and Roman. (Treva’s husband Ric also attended but is not in the picture.)

I know many of you are members of CPAFMA. Keep those old friends near and dear – they are gold. The quote, below, certainly applies to CPAFMA members.

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  • Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'
  • C. S. Lewis

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Twitter – Use it to learn and gain knowledge

“Social media is not a media. The key is to listen, engage, and build relationships.” – David Alston

I first began using Twitter in April 2008. Hard to believe that it has been that long ago.

I continue to use Twitter every business day. Why? Because I find it very helpful and, hopefully, my followers find that what I tweet helps them. As of yesterday, I had made 16,641 tweets.

I believe that a constant stream of informative and positive tweets helps me know more, learn more and stay connected to current events in the CPA profession.

I try to tweet about 6 or 7 times per day and I read tweets only 2 or 3 times per day – usually early morning and late afternoon. When I see a tweet that is relevant and helpful to CPAs, I often retweet it.

My advice is to not follow TOO many people. Select people who are involved in the CPA profession. I also like to follow people who communicate about leadership. I follow a news source (NPR) but not many others because news becomes so negative. Still, you need to be aware of current events. Of course, I also follow some friends and family.

Try using a tool like Hootsuite to consolidate your Twitter streams. It makes it easy to quickly scan through the Twitter users you follow and retweet them if you like.

I know, you don’t want another distraction, but used cautiously it can keep you in the know. I often follow various management conferences and I feel like I am actually there.

So, if you do not have a Twitter account, sign-up now. You don’t have to tweet anything, just use it to read what others are saying. I never follow anyone who is negative or political – I strictly use it to keep up with current trends in leadership and the CPA profession. Visit my Twitter page and you can see who I follow.

I hope if you do have a Twitter account that you will follow me@cpamanagement.

  • Conversations are happening whether you are there or not.
  • Kim Garst

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

It’s Still True – Happy Valentine’s Day!

“If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.” – Maya Angelou

On Valentine’s Day, you will be thinking of someone you love. Hopefully, you will be thinking of several someones you love. People love other people, dogs, cats, horses, Spring, Summer, the mountains, the beach, the nighttime sky and much more.

I love all of that (and much more). But, unlike most people, I have a special love and it has been going on for decades! Yes, I love CPAs!

Fill your Valentine’s Day with love!

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  • All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.
  • Charles M. Schulz