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    Scott Kregel

Scott KregelMany of us have heard of Mastering the Rockefeller Habits. You know – the standing meetings, the quarterly priorities, the common language of reporting, communication and feedback loops. I’ll be honest… I never read the book.

Well, last fall, a customer reached out about some ideas of theirs as it related to a major project undertaking. They talked about a weekly check-in, they talked about budget line item responsibility, they wanted communication rhythm and short-term goals established. I knew right then that our team could add great value to this customer by being a catalyst to model and carry out the very practices taught by Verne Harnish and the team at Gazelles. To my benefit, Scaling Up was just published as the first major follow up to Mastering the Rockfeller Habits. This book looks to build on the ideas in the previous book and includes real life examples and insights gained along the way. Scaling Up takes you through the following: Read more

Book Review
Jason BlumerOne main job of a firm leader is to be a salesperson. This is at the heart of the main thing we do. And it’s important to build your firm so that you can devote time to this important function. I’ve tried to delegate this role to others in my firm, and it hasn’t worked yet. I find it is one of the most difficult roles to delegate for a few reasons:


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CPA firm, Leadership, Videos

bryanThat’s right. I said it. I know, I know… You’re hungry for new business and it feels good to win a proposal. I know that feeling. I call it the “seller’s high,” like a runner’s high. I’m on top of the world when I win new business.

The problem is when you first start out all you want to do is win. It happens all the time. You need the work and there’re bills to pay and bodies to be nourished. These are real concerns for every new business owner. But at the same time, this can also create problems in the long term. Pricing too low early on in your business is a double-edged sword.

Here are a few of the downsides of pricing too low:

You wreck your capacity. By pricing too low, you create more work for yourself. Think about it. Depending on what your discount is to close these deals, it’s going to take a lot more clients to make a comfortable living. Read more

Cliff Jumpers, Pricing

Greg Kyte 2One way to get me to do almost anything is to call me a chicken. As a matter of fact, just inferring that I’m a chicken is usually enough. I even do it to myself to motivate me.

Which is how I ended up asking for a 100% raise and a $10,000 bonus.



Back Story: Last summer my board of directors asked me to take on additional responsibilities with no additional pay. I knew we didn’t have any money for raises at that time. (Being the company comptroller,¹ I know crap like that.) I’m also a team player, and I didn’t want anybody to think I’m a chicken, so I agreed.

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Other Thoughts, Uncategorized

REFM -  Adrian Photo Square - CATOBOver the years, I’ve developed a skepticism of brands, a healthy one I hope. And I would venture to say you have too. One ad after another, all making claims to be the best thing ever. Common sense tells us it can’t actually be — we all want to believe that particular cologne/perfume is going to make us instantly magnetic, but we know better. And then there’s one purchase after another; many don’t live up to the hype, some do, some do to begin with, but don’t last. Each of these experiences eats away at our ability to believe, to trust.

Brands can be so impersonal — marketing messages connect us to the brand, and humans become merely the means to get to the brand. Ads create a desire for Cheerios, and supermarkets and checkout registers are just a delivery mechanism to acquire Cheerios for ourselves. The quicker and easier, the better. Products, not humans, are the end. (Or perhaps more accurately, the emotional state promised by the products.)

But brands are real, right? I mean, after all, there’s Coca-Cola, Apple, Southwest, and Rolls Royce. They must truly exist. Or do they? Maybe they’re just made up. Maybe they only exist simply because we all agree they exist. Sorta like language — we all agree this scrawled shape on a piece of paper constitutes a letter, “d” we’ll call it. And we agree that it makes a particular, recognizable sound formed by our mouths and tongues. And when combined with the two other scrawled shapes “o” and “g,” signifies those panting, four-legged furry creatures in our homes. Read more

Marketing and Branding

Jason BlumerI’m a Peter Thiel fan. He is a contrarian, and there is power in contrarian thinking. In his book Zero to One, Thiel talks about Secrets in Chapter 8. It’s one of my favorite chapters.




In his book, Thiel contrasts secrets between conventions and mysteries. He contends that conventions within business are easy to uncover (like, you should use a CRM to manage your client’s information), and that mysteries are impossible to uncover (like, you will make a lot of money if you can predict what the stock market will do tomorrow). He makes a point that secrets are not easy to discover, yet they are not impossible. You will not stumble into secrets – if they are to be found, then you must search for them.

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CPA firm, Customer Experience, Innovation