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This week, a bunch of CPAs were learning about “design thinking” from my friend Jason Blumer. They were learning to take a real interest in their clients (isn’t that crazy?) in order to help their clients grow and get better. Suffice to say… these aren’t your typical accountants!

As part of the experience, Jason brought in a few of his own clients and local business owners to serve as guinea pigs or lab rats. (I was just going to go with lab rat, but lab rats are injected or exposed to all kinds of funky chemicals before the chemicals are packaged for people to use or ingest… or something like that. Guinea pigs seem relatively useless but are probably better looking. So let’s go with guinea pig.)

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Coaching, conferences
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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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Community Call, Guest Post
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THRIVEal just wrapped up Software week and I think my brain is still hurting. We were able to see a demonstration of 8 different products in 5 days (May 14-18, 2012) and get a feel for the culture of each company. Each company has different strengths, weaknesses, target markets, and overall outlook on what accounting software should provide. I feel like I have more tools in my toolbelt to better blow my customer’s mind and match the software to their needs. It was an exciting week, to say the least!

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