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...

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...

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