On June 26, 2012, the THRIVEal +CPA Network held our June community call. The title of the call was “In the Trenches.” The basic idea behind the call was how do we as firm owners or future firm owners, balance strategic long-term planning for our firms versus paying the bills, or as most THRIVEal members would say “buying groceries and diapers.” How do we balance building the firm that we want against building the firm that we must have right now in order to keep the firm’s lights on? This is a very important topic and one that has been chewed on many times by various THRIVEal members as we attempt to figure out how to build our “Firm of the Future.”
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Greg Kyte, CPA gets the party started before heading off to Sky Zone in Las Vegas:
I got to meet a lot of leaders in at the AICPA Practioner’s Symposium and Tech+ Conference in Las Vegas this week. I’m starting to notice which leaders* inspire me to follow them. I consider myself more of an encourager or a supporter than a leader, so I am looking for people to inspire me. If you want me – or anyone, for that matter – to follow you, maybe one of these observations will be helpful to you.
1. Be positive. I am going to avoid you if I hear you speaking negatively about others on a consistent basis. I hate gossip! If you are saying negative words about others, I will lose trust in you. I will be trying to avoid being associated with you or having you speak negatively about me when I am not around. And don’t trap me by trying to get me to agree with you when you are saying negative things. It’s very awkward.
You aren’t a dumbass like your cousin. Who the hell majors in Romance Literature?
There’s no excuse for it. Did your cousin really think it was a good life choice to become an expert in the heroic narrative prose and verse popular in high medieval and early modern Europe? Or did he chose his major because he confused romance literature with romance novels, and didn’t change his major even after reading the complete works of Chretien de Troyes and not a single masterpiece by Danielle Steel?
Are you ready to take the dive into firm ownership? Or do you need a kick in the pants on moving your firm to serve globally, make new innovations a mainstay in your firm or taking your firm into the clouds? Are you tired of the same way our stodgy profession has progressed in the past? Do you know how to market to new clients online? Are you still using time sheets (and losing money)?