Twitter co-founder Biz Stone: Be human, solve problems, help people

Want to know how to spot the world’s true pioneers? They’re the ones with all of the arrows in their backs. Just ask Biz Stone. From Ellen’s selfie to natural disasters to world-changing political protests, the Twitter co-founder has watched his creation change the world. And yet he’s still nursing the wounds inflicted by early detractors who were bent on seeing him fail. “I remember at one point early on, someone told me that Twitter was the Seinfeld of the Internet...

Quit stalling. Start learning.

Good things come to those who wait … and wait … and wait. About 18 months ago, Gretchen Pisano — an Insights to Action partner with Tom Hood and a good friend of the MACPA — recommended a book to me called The Art of the Idea, by John Hunt. I told her, “Great — I’ll download it to my iPhone later today.” Gretchen said, “Oh, no — you have to buy the actual book and hold it in your hands. It’s short, but it’s a beautiful...

Want your business to thrive? Let a woman lead the way

If there’s a woman at or near the top of your org chart, your business is probably booming. There’s nothing new there. A boatload of studies in recent years have hinted that businesses with women helping to call the shots outperform their competition by significant margins. A new study out of Canada, however, finds that even a single woman sitting among a sea of male leaders helps boost a business’s bottom line. Here’s how NBC News covered the study: “Corporate boards...

CPAs and government accountants making a difference!

Posted By: Tom Hood on July 24, 2014 in Accounting & Auditing&Leadership / Management
Our work as CPAs is often hidden in spreadsheets, reports, and procedures, yet it supports almost everything. I recently had the honor of being with a group of CPAs and government accountants at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shortly after a ceremony celebrating their recognition by the Association of Government Accountants for winning the Certificate in Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) for their 2103 Agency Financial Report. In the recap of the award...

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...

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