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As some of you may know, my Twitter handle is @openitemlist. This can elicit a knowing grin from people who have worked for, or with, CPA firms. (I believe there’s actually an episode of the Soul of Enterprise podcast where Ed Kless comments on the appropriateness of the name).
The name is both a specific reference, but also a metaphor.
At CPA firms across the country, the “open item list” is a to-do list of unfinished tasks for a specific client file. Every file will have one at some point; the universe tends not to hand you things tied up with a bow.
Thus at any given time a person working on multiple clients may have several open item lists going. Sometimes it may feel like just about every client you’d like to get wrapped up has something outstanding. And as soon as you wrap one up, the next client comes along with an issue that requires research or a phone call. We start to feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day –trapped in an unending open item list. Read more
For years I’ve considered getting a tattoo. Considered, but I’ve never pulled the trigger. I couldn’t decide what to get. A barbed wire armband? Too generic. A lower back tattoo of the entire text of 1 Corinthians 13? Too preachy.
One day I found this keeper online: Read more
I have been a fan of Todd Henry since reading The Accidental Creative several years ago. His first book so uniquely expressed for me the idea that even an accountant can be a creative. In Thriveal, we talk regularly about approaching our businesses from the perspective of a creative, but I always wondered if we could really be taken seriously as a creative – just because we called ourselves creatives. We needed to develop practices and environments to fuel creativity in ourselves and in our firms. The Accidental Creative set the stage for building practices into our daily lives to help generate brilliant ideas “on demand.” Practices such as intentional journaling, identifying a Big Three, and curating new stimuli to generate new ideas. These are the ideas that creative professionals and knowledge workers are rewarded for. If you haven’t read The Accidental Creative, I highly recommend this as a must read for anyone who uses their mind to deliver value to others. With Todd’s third book, Louder than Words, we have a manuscript for developing our unique voice.
“Voice” is the expression (idea) you make through a medium (platform) in order to achieve a desired outcome (impact). Your authentic voice is the expression of your compelling “Why.” Read more