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Remember back in elementary school, when it was time to try something new in a science experiment? Everybody paired up with a lab partner.
Well, the learning shouldn’t stop. Neither should the experimenting. And neither should the lab partners.
The Thriveal Laboratory has as its mission: to encourage strategic risk-taking in the accounting industry, by lowering the barriers to innovation. We are accelerating the adoption of today’s innovations, and contributing to the imagining of tomorrow’s. And we’re creating new intellectual capital along the way. Read more
That’s what I really wish someone would’ve told me.
“Jumping the cliff” is our euphemism in Thriveal for quitting your day job and going out on your own. It’s a scary proposition. When you jump, you’re in free fall and rock bottom is staring you right in the face.
I felt the ground was coming faster than my wings could flap, so I prolonged the jump. In the name of “preparing” myself, I did a lot to avoid the plunge. Looking back on it now, I can see a few trends: Read more
Check out this graph that summarizes the findings of my scientific study of accountants’ typical response to change.
Our typical response is fear. Not because we’re accountants, but because we’re human. Read more
I met Ron Baker in person for the first time in 2011. Before that, I had read his articles online and attended a webinar he presented. But in 2011, I attended the first Thriveal Deeper Weekend, which was a “Firm of the Future” seminar offered by Ron Baker and Ed Kless. That was two days of brain-crushing, mind-altering, future-shifting learning and dialogue.
I immediately started to change things: first with a handful of customers with whom we had strong relationships, then with certain service types, etc. I remember a year later, I’d hardly made the progress I wanted to, and was feeling down wondering if it was ever going to happen. I remember chatting with Ron around that time, and he mentioned in passing that firms usually take three years to fully transition to value pricing. Whew – I was much relieved: I still had time.
Three years later, I look back, and boy, there has been such a change between then and now. I’m happy to say, we’re now completely value priced — I’m still learning (and doubt I’ll ever stop), but I feel so much more freed as a business owner having gone through this process. I was recently reflecting on some of the realizations I’ve had along the way and wanted to share them with you: Read more