Archive for the ‘Thoughts’ Category

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

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Friday Thoughts

“Life’s a bit like mountaineering – never look down.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary and his sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay succeeded in being the first to reach the summit of Mt Everest on May 29, 1953.

I was reading a post by @Leadershipfreak and the following excerpt caused me to contemplate how people and society have changed.

There are no pictures of Sir Edmund Hillary on top of Mt. Everest. He took a picture of Tenzing. Later Hillary said. “I never even thought about taking a photograph of myself.”

  • I think it all comes down to motivation. If you really want to do something, you will work hard for it.
  • Sir Edmund Hillary

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

The Day After

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it. ~ Henry Ford

September 15th has come and gone. As you know it is a major due date for the CPA profession.

This year the due dates have been rather unusual but you all still felt the pressure of the September due date and there is still one on the horizon – the October 15th due date for extended personal returns.

You love what you do but, like most things of value, it requires hard work. I imagine you have heard the poem, First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Milay. It just might apply to you.

First Fig

My candle burns at both ends;

It will not last the night;

But oh, my foes, and oh, my friends-

It gives a lovely light.

  • The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
  • Vidal Sassoon

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

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Carve Out Some Sanity Time

“My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people.”
― Patricia Highsmith

Devote yourself to finding some sanity time over the holidays. Sneak away if you have to and find a quiet place where no one you know is near you (and don’t talk to strangers like I usually do).

Find a coffee shop, a library or a bookstore and do nothing worthwhile for 45 minutes to one hour. Don’t spend the entire time looking at your mobile device! Take time to do some THINKING with no particular agenda. You could even do this in the waiting room of your doctor’s office.

I hope you will include sanity time in your holiday activities.

  • I was quiet but I was not blind.
  • Jane Austen

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

I Can’t. I Am Too Busy.

“If ants are such busy workers, how come they find time to go to all the picnics?” – Marie Dressler 

Oh, my. That busy word again.

Look at the quote, above, and think of the partners and staff working at your accounting firm. Everyone thinks they are too busy. Even your clients think you are too busy. What does that tell them?  Do they shy away from asking questions or asking you to work on a new project because you are just too busy?

How much time do you waste? How much time does your team waste?

I changed the quote: “If staff are so busy, how come they find time to take an extra-long lunch, chat with each other about last night’s football game or spend 30 minutes eating breakfast in the lunchroom when they arrive in the morning?”

  • I wanted to figure out why I was so busy, but I couldn't find the time to do it.
  • Todd Stucker

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Monday Morning

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford

Here it is again, Monday. For some, it’s a clean slate and the chance to begin again and have a successful, productive week.

For most, it’s a drag. You’ve slept in over the weekend and even getting up earlier on Monday starts things off with dread. Of course, you know that experts tell us to keep our sleeping hours routine – get up at the same time on weekends as you do during the week. We lose sight of that when Friday night arrives!

One good tip to conquer Monday mornings is something that I hope you have been doing for years. Update your to-do list on Friday BEFORE you leave and identify the specific things you need to do on Monday.

Experts tell us that on Monday, begin with a few of the easy things on your list and fairly quickly dive into the more difficult tasks. Getting them out of the way will give you a brighter outlook for the entire week.

  • Mondays are the start of the work week which offer new beginnings 52 times a year.
  • David Dweck

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

Thirteen – Done. Now On To 14!

“We all get the exact same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them.” – Hillary DePiano

Happy New Year to all of you faithfully reading this blog every day. I don’t usually post on holidays but this is an exception.

Today is a milestone for me – it’s the 13th anniversary of this blog. I posted my first message on January 1, 2006. I have posted every business day since then. In my memory, it seems like there was one day I missed but I can’t remember when!

Google tells me that there were 261 working days in the U.S.A. in 2018. So, 261 times 13 = 3,393. Because I sometimes posted on weekends, I have 3,603 posts (not counting this one). So, I am looking forward to 2019 and the changes it will bring and also hoping for another year of 261 messages to you.

Here is my first post on January 1, 2006:

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.

As you can tell, I really didn’t know where I was going!

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

Monday, December 31st, 2018

New Year Message

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

You probably heard about the Queen’s annual Christmas message to the world.

I actually listened to the entire thing this year. Some of her thoughts are my thoughts for YOU in 2019.

“Some cultures believe that a long life brings wisdom. I’d like to think so.”

“Peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date. It can be heeded by everyone. It’s needed as much as ever.”

“Through the many changes I have seen over the years, faith, family and friendship have not only been a constant for me but a source of personal comfort and reassurance.”

I wish you all a happy 2019. May you have faith, family, and friendship to help you through these changing times.

  • Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering 'it will be happier'...
  • Alfred Lord Tennyson

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

How Do You Feel About Smells?

“Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells.” – J. Paul Getty

I read Real Simple magazine. I like things to be really simple.

On the last page of the November issue, they featured “Thank-you notes I dream of receiving.” The imagined notes were light-hearted but meaningful. One example of a thank-you note made me think of CPA offices.

Have you ever walked into your firm’s lobby to the welcoming smell of burnt popcorn? Perhaps, the smell of something even worse? First impressions matter. How your co-workers feel about your eating habits matter.

Be kind and considerate to each other.

95J6lFEETO2YsHTSh%1YgA_thumb_9aa5

  • A cynic is a an who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
  • H. L. Mencken