All pondering of important things begins with purpose. We are made to become something great. As the leader of your firm, only you can deliver the particular style of service in the particular way you deliver it for the care and comfort of the team and clients you will lead. Let that sink in. If this is true (and it is), that means two important things: (1) you can go all in to claim your greatness to the world and not hold back, and (2) no one can take the peculiarity of your firm away from you. Because of who you are, you can commit deeply to how you believe you should be serving people in your firm and not have to worry about other people taking your clients away from you. You are peculiar and you must embrace that to build a firm that changes other people’s lives. Read more
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The race to the bottom is stupid for two reasons: (A) you don’t want to be at the bottom, and (B) you’ve already lost that race.
My brother Bob called me a little panicky last month because he lost his tax return. Read more
Do you stretch yourself?
Every month, Thriveal Community Group members discuss a topic relevant to the journey of entrepreneurial accounting firm owners. February’s focus was on work-life tensions, a timely discussion as many members headed into the most hectic time of the year.
The term “work-life balance” first appeared in American news media in the 1980s. At the time, most of the attention was on working mothers trying to take care of their kids and homes while holding a full-time job. As real as those challenges were (and still are!), there was little recognition of others’ work-life tensions. Eventually, that changed. Read more
I have some questions for you:
- Are you building your firm just to sell it?
- Do you plan to lead your firm as the owner/leader until you retire?
- Do you want to check out and let other people make the decisions while you travel?
- Why did you start your firm in the first place?
There are seven components to an insight moment. You can be intentional in making these moments happen for your clients.