Here’s how to build a modern — and effective — personal learning network

As CPAs, you learn for a living. Your license depends on it. But even you have to admit that our ability to learn — to continuously learn — has never been more important. We’ve spent a lot of time here talking about that — about the fact that the most important skill we’ll possess going forward is the ability to learn new skills. We even have a bunch of fancy new tools to help us on our way. They’re called “personal learning networks,” and...

Your customers are talking. Are you listening?

Our daughter turned 12 this week. To help her celebrate, my wife and I did what all busy, modern parents do — we fired up Amazon and ordered some of the tween-ish gifts at the top of her wish list. The day before the big day, one of the gifts we ordered still hadn’t arrived. I received an e-mail from the good folks at UPS informing me that the package would arrive during a four-hour window the following afternoon. On her birthday, as I waited (and waited) for the package to arrive, my...

Happy birthday, America!

Posted By: Bill Sheridan on July 04, 2014 in Leadership / Management
"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America." -- Bill Clinton Indeed. Have a fantastic Independence Day, friends!

Diversity: ‘It’s not just the right thing … it’s the smart thing’

The world has changed radically in the 45 years since Cecil Flamer entered the CPA profession. Twelve men have walked on the moon. Eight presidents have occupied the Oval Office. We’ve witnessed astounding medical advances, horrifying wars and acts of terrorism, inspiring acts of service from people determined to make the world a better place, and mind-numbing technological advances that have put the world in the pockets and purses of nearly everyone we know. It’s a different world, and...

Jon Stewart and the AICPA vs. the IRS. Who's winning? Do you need to ask?

It’s been a tough week for the IRS. First, “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart took the agency out behind the woodshed after it was revealed that nearly two years of e-mails to and from former IRS executive Lois Lerner had disappeared. “The government agency whose entire business model relies on forcing Americans to live as borderline hoarders only keeps their sh** for six months?” Stewart asks acidly. “You never get a notice from the IRS that says,...

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