Don’t panic: How I learned to stop worrying and love the stock market

Wall Street is hypnotic these days, isn’t it? It’s up, then it’s down, then it’s WAY down, then it’s up, then it’s down, then it’s way, WAY down. Over the past five days, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has lost 163 points, 358 points, 531 points, 588 points, and 205 points. Dizzying, isn’t it? It’s enough to drive someone insane. So quit watching. Seriously. If you’ve got cash in the stock market, quit paying attention. This isn’t...

New learning system teaches CPAs how to anticipate future trends

Posted By: Bill Sheridan on August 15, 2015 in Business Strategy&Leadership / Management
The most important competency in the business world today – the ability to anticipate future trends and position our organizations to take advantage of them – is a mystery to most of the accounting and finance profession. Daniel Burrus, the Maryland Association of CPAs, and the Business Learning Institute want to change that. Burrus, a world-renowned technology forecaster, innovation expert and New York Times best-selling author, has joined forces with the MACPA and the BLI to launch...

Demand for accounting graduates hits all-time high

Posted By: Tom Hood on August 12, 2015 in Accounting & Auditing
The AICPA just released its  2015 trends in the Trends in the Supply of Accounting Graduates and Demand for Public Accounting Recruits report, which indicates a 7 percent increase in demand for accounting jobs and record enrollments in undergraduate and graduate accounting programs of 250,000 students for the first time. “The data in the Trends report is very positive overall, and the outlook for accounting students entering the profession is bright,” said AICPA...

Sage helps transform CPAs one by one

Posted By: Tom Hood on July 09, 2015 in Business Strategy
This past weekend we finished up the spring Sage Vision to Strategy Workshops with our session at the MACPA Beach Retreat in Ocean City, Maryland. We were joined by Ed Kless, Sage's Senior Director, Partner Development and Strategy (pictured kneeling in center). Ed is also one of our favorite thought leaders and author of a new book, The Soul of Enterprise, Dialogues on Business in the Knowledge Economy. The Vision to Strategy Workshop (sponsored by Sage) and Ed's session clearly made an impact on...

Speaking in public? Make it memorable. Here's how.

Posted By: Tim Samuel on July 06, 2015 in Business Strategy&Leadership / Management&Organizational Development
As you walk to the podium, your heart starts to beat faster. You have thought long and hard about what you want to say, and now it’s time to share your ideas to your audience. You look into the audience’s eyes, and your mind goes blank. You start sweating, you see that the presentation slide on the screen was just the draft version, and you realize your shoes don’t even match your outfit. You then look at the clock: It’s only 3:12 a.m., and you’ve only been dreaming of...