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Deeper Weekend 2014

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  • Greg Kyte
    Greg Kyte
  • Jason Blumer
    Jason Blumer
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    Melinda Guillemette
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    Scott Kregel

Building a business is hard – building a great business is even harder. As leaders, we are thinking about strategy, processes, team building, workflow, technology, customer attention and care, pricing, and so many other things every day. In fact, when we sit back and reflect, we know that we are generally ordinary people trying to do extraordinary things. The stories of Apple, Uber, and Amazon dominate business leadership books and leadership “manuals,” however many of us are not running a company like one of these. We are building those Small Giants in our efforts to make a difference in our sphere of influence. However, there are companies in ordinary industries around the world, whose leaders who reimagining what is possible in their very own businesses. In Simply Brilliant, we have stories of companies doing remarkable things in industries like office cleaning, retail banking, grocery, and electrical manufacturing – could we do this in the accounting profession?

 

William Taylor, co-founder of Fast Company and the author of Simply Brilliant, lays out these stories of success based on 4 principles that rose to the top in his research. Here is a recap of some of those things that seem ordinary but are producing extraordinary results. Read more

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Book Review
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Thriveal’s team is growing! Since we just added a new team member, we thought this would be a good time to share who we are and a little of what we each do.

 

Here is Jason Blumer. You already know him as a speaker and writer in the Accounting Profession. You also know him as the co-host of the Thrivecast and a regular blogger on our site. Jason founded Thriveal and serves as the CEO (key visionary) of our team. And this year, he will also be one of the speakers at Deeper Weekend. (Register here) Jason’s heart is to help firm owners love their work and serve their clients well.

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Behind The Scenes
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One of the best books I’ve seen that helps entrepreneurs get their vision down on paper is Gino Wickman’s book, Traction. That’s why I’ll be teaching some concepts from the book to scale and grow your firm at this year’s Deeper Weekend conference (watch this video to get a $250 early bird discount to the conference on Oct 25 to 27.)

 

In Traction, Wickman says “Entrepreneurs must get their vision out of their heads, and down onto paper.” This is one of the most enlightening concepts in business today. The concept of establishing a vision can be daunting at first because it has lived cluttered in the entrepreneur’s head for so long. It can be hard to write down, but extraction of a vision is necessary if you want to build an organization larger than yourself. According to Wickman, the first step in getting the entrepreneur’s vision down onto paper is to write out the Core Values of the business. But before we get to the steps of writing out your core values, let’s look at some principles supporting the importance of your core values.

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CPA firm, Deeper Weekend, Leadership, Strategy
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“You wanna know why I’m getting out of the game?”

 

I really didn’t give a crap. But I didn’t tell him that I didn’t give a crap, so he told me anyway.

 

“It’s because I have to work with millennials.”

 

And that got my attention. This guy should be getting out of the game because he’s like 150 years old or because he’s got butt cancer. Those are reasonable explanations for why someone would retire. Read more

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Other Thoughts
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Since the phrase ‘countercultural firm owner’ is part of Thriveal’s purpose statement, I thought it would be helpful to explore what this phrase means. First, here is Thriveal’s purpose:

Thriveal inspires countercultural firm owners to embrace their entrepreneurial creativity within the profession.

 

Many recognize the phrase ‘countercultural’ when discussing a certain time in history like the 60’s. The 1960’s was a countercultural time when certain demographics of brave people distrusted a current establishment and decided to go against that establishment with a grassroots voice and often disruptive behaviors. The establishment, or people who adhered to established ways of doing things, often didn’t understand or even distrusted the ways of these countercultural crowds. Some call it a movement.

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CPA firm, Other Thoughts
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From early 2015 to late 2016, my wife and I were seeing a marriage counselor on a weekly basis. He billed us by the hour (as psychologists tend to do), and it seemed like it wasn’t the best use of my time on his couch to educate him on the perils of the billable hour.

 

Sometime in mid-2016 when we were finishing up a session and my wife was handing him the $120 check for our one-hour session, he sheepishly informed us that he had raised his rates to $125 per hour. Read more

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Pricing
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