MACPA honors women leaders with first Women to Watch Awards

Posted By: Tom Hood on September 30, 2014 in Leadership / Management
MACPA Chair Marianela del Pino-Rivera and AICPA Chair-elect Tommye Barie hosted our first Women to Watch Awards breakfast on Sept. 23. Pictured are Lexy Kessler, Aronson; Tommye Barie, AICPA chair-elect; Aileen Eskildsen, Ellin & Tucker; Marianela del Pino-Rivera, MACPA chair; Tammy Schneider, Glass Jacobson; and Elise Brouillette, PWC.  Past MACPA board member Samantha Bowling chaired the Task Force that developed the program as part of the AICPA's national initiatives on women, diversity...

Amal Alamuddin and her husband strike a blow for equality

Posted By: Bill Sheridan on September 29, 2014 in Business Strategy&Leadership / Management
George Clooney is a married man. You might have heard. One of the world’s most famous and eligible bachelors finally tied the knot when he exchanged vows with Lebanese-born English barrister and New York litigation attorney Amal Alamuddin. The world’s best coverage of the event came from The Business Woman Media, which reported the story this way: “Internationally acclaimed barrister Amal Alamuddin marries an actor.” Brilliant. That, my friends, is how diversity and...

Progress starts with accepting our own ignorance

Posted By: Bill Sheridan on September 29, 2014 in Uncategorized
Gordon Moore was no Nostradamus. And that’s a good thing. Nostradamus (born Michel de Nostredame) was a 16th-century French seer who, basically, just made crap up. His philosophy on predicting the future apparently boiled down to this: “Make a prophesy vague enough and people will think you predicted everything!” Moore, on the other hand, settled on a theory that was so accurate, it became a law. In 1965, Moore — the co-founder of Intel — theorized that computing power...

Overrated? Not Tom ‘The Machine’ Hood

Posted By: Bill Sheridan on September 23, 2014 in Leadership / Management
Nobody does wiseassery like the folks at Going Concern, but they outdid themselves with “The 20 Most Overrated Things in Accounting.” With tongue planted firmly in cheek (we think), editor Adrienne Gonzalez includes our own Tom Hood on her “Overrated” list with the following: "Bro, seriously, knock it off. You're making everyone else look bad. As we all know, accounting is not an industry known for its innovators, making Tom's commitment to leading the pack that much more...

Leadership lessons from the maestro, Ben Zander

Posted By: Tom Hood on September 22, 2014 in Leadership / Management
Imagine 300 chartered accountants and CPAs standing and singing -- no, more like shouting -- Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, "Ode to Joy," in German! That was exactly how Benjamin Zander closed the 2014 Collins Barrow National Partners' Conference in Boston. They were inspired by Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, teacher, speaker, and best-selling author of The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life. He was there to talk about leadership and learning. He...

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