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When I ask CPAs about their biggest operational challenge, their answers are remarkably similar. Nearly all have to do with how to deliver less-than-stellar news involving employee performance.

One of my friends who leads a small CPA firm expressed regret about hiring a bright young man who just couldn’t seem to get the work done on time. When I asked the managing partner how he handled the issue, he said, “Well, I gave him a very harsh review at the end of the year.” “How’d he take it?”, I asked. “Not well. He seemed upset and confused, and yet still nothing has changed.”

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There’s nothing firm owners enjoy less than an awkward, difficult, honest conversation with a team member. Yet have them you must. There are times when one of your employees isn’t performing well, is behaving poorly, or is simply tap dancing on your last nerve. Usually, the team member provides no help in initiating these conversations, because he seems to be blissfully unaware that anything is amiss. You’re totally on your own. What should you do? Read more

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Leadership, Personal Growth
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While facilitating a Thriveal Community Group call a couple of weeks ago, I listened to participants discuss how they were feeling about owning their firms, and I noticed a common thread. So I addressed the elephant in the video chat room: “How many of you absolutely have puckered butts right now?” Every single participant raised his hand.

Everyone’s butt was puckered, because everyone felt stress. You know what I mean: it’s that gut-wrenching, butt-clenching feeling that comes with firm ownership. It happens whether you’re on your own or whether you’re
leading a team. And no over-the- counter medication can make it go away.
This could make your butt pucker even more, unless you think it through a
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CPA firm
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Greg Kyte 2People often see me driving my 2007 Honda Civic, rocking my Old Navy jeans, and talking on my Blackberry Pearl, and they ask me, “Hey, Greg, how did you get so fricking successful?” Great question.

 

I’m so freaking successful because I’m so freaking happy.

 

How happy am I? I’m so happy, I only text message using emoticons, toddlers playing with bubbles are clinically depressed compared to me, and I take Ecstasy when I need to get serious.

 

Please note that I’m not happy because I’m successful. I’m successful because I’m happy. Read more

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Personal Growth
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Greg Kyte 2On October 13, I wrote a blog post called “Without Risk, There is No Passion.” Melinda Guillemette left a very insightful comment that deserved its own post in response.

 

Greg – I’ve been thinking about this for a day or so. I know you’re right about the relationship between risk and passion, because I rappelled down an office building, scared the crap out of myself, and I would absolutely do it again.

 

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