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Peer review is under fire. 'Don't let it collapse'

Posted By: Bill Sheridan on October 16, 2014 in Uncategorized
One of the pillars of the CPA profession is closing in on its 40th anniversary, and like many of us who pass the big 4-0, it’s going through a bit of a mid-life crisis. I’m talking about peer review. Its importance in ensuring audit quality has never been greater. Neither has the scrutiny it faces, and changes are on the horizon. “(T)he status quo is untenable,” Allison Henry writes for the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs. “A variety of changes are being explored that...
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Change is on the wind

Posted By: Tom Hood on October 13, 2014 in Leadership / Management
Many of you know that I am an avid (some might say obsessed) reader, and I always love the opportunity to meet the authors of books I am reading. Meet Cheryl Duvall, author of the just released book, Change is on the Wind: Managing Change for a New Landscape, who stopped by our new offices and signed my book. Cheryl and her husband, Dudley Whitney, led the design and change leadership process we used for our new, open, collaborative offices as we make the "shift change" at MACPA / BLI. She got...
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Don’t give up. Get started. That’s where the real work begins

Posted By: Bill Sheridan on October 08, 2014 in Uncategorized
Ever feel like you want to skip that workout? Blow off that meeting? Put off practicing that presentation? Of course you have. We all have. Our instincts tell us to stop doing stuff that stresses us out. Case in point: I’m a Detroit Lions fans. That’s a team that has won exactly two playoff games in the last 57 years. Giving up on the Lions is an annual rite of passage. Last December, after they lost six of their last seven games to miss the playoffs yet again, I grabbed my Lions...
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Leadership lessons: How to maximize your career trajectory

Posted By: Tom Hood on October 02, 2014 in Leadership / Management
We believe your career is like a well-placed bounce pass (see The Bounce) – it is based on vector and velocity. The vector is your direction (think vision, values and strengths) and the velocity is the speed with which you want to move. Start with mastering your discipline (for CPAs that means technical application of a specific area) and learning how to lead yourself well. Then you are given responsibility for people and projects and your direction needs to shift. This is the point where...
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If you don’t build your brand, someone else will

Posted By: Bill Sheridan on October 02, 2014 in Uncategorized
If I’m in the market for a good futurist, I’ll pick Watts Wacker every time — and not just because he has the best name ever. Back in 2001, at the MACPA’s 100th anniversary gala, Wacker had this to say about personal visions: “If you don’t have a vision for yourself, you’ll just get sucked into someone else’s vision.” That was before the age of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and blogs — long before social media let us all become thought...

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