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Jason BlumerIf we lived in a world without design, everything would be accidental. Can you imagine what life would be like if everything was random? What if traffic lights were random? What if your accounting software was random? Design matters.

In fact, if we did not design processes, design products, design technology, design our days, or design our future, we would be a lost race. The author of this blog post says it best: Read more

On December 10, 2013, Thriveal announced the creation of a laboratory for the accounting profession. But what does that actually mean?

In this video, I give a quick five-minute sketch of what the Lab is designed to be:

And next Wednesday, January 29, we’ll be hosting our first “Bunsen Burner Chat” — an opportunity for anyone who’s interested to chat about the Lab, its goings on, to ask questions, talk with other interested industry members, and get a sneak peek at what we have planned for 2014. The chat is scheduled for 4 pm EST, and you can sign up here.

Let the experimentation begin!


Jennifer BlumerMore and more firms are making the move to virtual or will in the coming months. Having made the transition from an a traditional office culture to a virtual one, I hope to be able to share some of our experience so you can think through the possible pitfalls and avoid them in your transition.

First, let me define the word virtual as I mean it for this post. Virtual firms do not have a home office. Everyone on the team works in their own space, usually from their homes. I do not mean you have an office but you have the ability to work elsewhere because you use cloud software. That is really cool, but just not what I mean by virtual in this post.

With that out of the way, let’s look at four areas where you could run into a problem. Read more

Management and Operations

It’s been over a month since the Thriveal Family Meeting. During this online webinar, Jason Blumer introduced the four divisions of Thriveal and their leaders. One of those divisions is the brand new Thriveal Lab. You’ll be hearing more about the lab soon from its Director, Adrian Simmons. For now though, let’s look at the six beliefs that are foundational to the lab. Notice that each belief is stated in a negative and a positive manner.

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If these beliefs resonate with you, or if you are just curious about us and want to follow along, please join our email list for lab updates here.


Greg Kyte 2We’re supposed to be authentic, right?

I thought I was being authentic at the New Year’s Eve party, but the next day, my wife told me that I was being a prick. Not in those words. She said something like “you were really on one last night” which I think means “you were being a prick.”

When I say that I was being my authentic self, I don’t mean that I was being my alcoholic self. I had one glass of champagne at midnight, but that was it. Read more

Personal Growth

REFM -  Adrian Photo Square - CATOBThe four dimensions of time are: past, present, future, and nothing. Everything comes from nothing.

The past is already set: it’s not going to change (though how we understand it certainly can change). The present is really the result of the past: what was set in motion then becomes today’s now. And the future will be the result of what we do today. At first glance, it seems like a closed system: at one level at least, everything’s predetermined. The action-reaction chain has already begun, and it’s simply playing out. Read more

Innovation, Other Thoughts, Personal Growth