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I always knew that the end was near. I just never thought Jon Hamm would be the one to break the news.
But right now that good looking son of a bitch is on the TV with his sexy Mad Men voice telling everybody that — even though H&R Block employees are the Mark Hamills of the tax prep world¹ — IBM’s Watson is now their R2-D2. And even though H&R Block took Watson into mainstream tax prep, the hipster organization KPMG started using Watson for audit support before it was cool.
We’ve got to get used to the idea that robots are eventually going to make traditional accounting jobs irrelevant. Not convinced? Here are some other traditional jobs that robots are making obsolete: Read more
Do you have one of those books that you keep telling yourself that you should read, and yet for whatever reason, that book stays on the shelf. Well, for me, Small Giants – Companies That Choose to be Great Instead of Big, by Bo Burlingham was that book that sat on my shelf for years. However, it caught my attention again as I was captured by the title as I related it to my role as a business owner and an advisor to other small business owners. Isn’t this the question we ask ourselves and our customers ask themselves every year – “do we want to grow big?”
Have you read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey? You have? That’s nice. But have you been to Stephen Covey’s house? No, you haven’t. I know you haven’t because I was there, and I didn’t see you.
Oh yeah. I spent several hours at Steve MF Covey’s house on December 15. I kept asking when I would get to meet him, and they kept saying, “he died in 2012.” Likely story.