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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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REFM -  Adrian Photo Square - CATOBThe first hypothesis tested by the Thriveal Laboratory is that “there will be multiple successful business models for accounting firms of the future.” This challenges the notion that all accounting firms are moving towards one new model.

To test this hypothesis, we gathered a team of six CPA firms, surveyed the current landscape, acquainted ourselves with a powerful business modeling tool, generated concept sparks in two ideation sessions, and prototyped six different accounting firm business models.

On December 17, the Lab released its results to the accounting profession in a live, 30-minute webinar and published them in its first Lab Report. You can watch the presentation in this video: Read more

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Laboratory
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Scott KregelSo, if any of you are like me, inspiration is a source of fuel and motivation. Leading a small firm is hard. Meeting the increasing needs of growing customers is challenging. Intentionally developing individual skills takes focus and precious time. And inspiring a group of smart people to work together toward a common goal is a lofty pursuit.

 

As we look to close another year and lean into the start of 2015, I found myself looking for an inspirational book to help shape my mind for the New Year ahead. I found Make Your Mark: The Creative’s Guide to Building a Business with Impact, published by 99U.com. Many of us have felt that tug in our hearts and minds that our businesses are more than a paycheck and a job. In fact, that kind of thinking alone is not even found in today’s creative businesses. We are driven by our commitment to our craftsmanship, beautiful service experiences, giving back and paying it forward. However, a commitment to all of those things can be lost without the attention to creating a sustainable business. A sustainable business is one that pays attention to execution, distribution, packaging, marketing, messaging, strategy, and leadership. A sustainable business is one that acts out its inspiration. Read more

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Book Review
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Jason BlumerThe firm of the future does not exist. Never has, never will. As my colleague Adrian Simmons says, there will be “firms of the futures.” Amen. There currently are, and will be in the future, many different types of firms doing many different things, led by many different leaders. There is no ‘right way’ when building an enterprise. Let’s stop searching for what does not exist. Building this elusive future firm keeps us focused on each other, a mistake that is beginning to become obvious to a new generation of accountants. We focus on ourselves by:

-surveying each other (the results are not changing us),
-benchmarking against one another’s business models (copying leads to mediocrity),
-moving to the cloud (the never-ending distraction),
-merging and acquiring each other (we’re still the same, just bigger), and
-eking out the never-ending efficiencies within our processes (but wealth creation is decidedly inefficient)

In my opinion, our profession is not headed towards changing our customers’ lives. We are only staying the same, just at a faster pace than before. Has our profession changed or created anything new in the past 25 years? We are a fearful bunch, and the state of my beloved profession is starting to worry me. We are even still teaching the accountants of the future the same way I was taught in the early 90s. I’m scared for us, and this has got to stop. We must become business strategists, enterprise builders, life changers, and lovers of people. We can become these things, but we must first learn what it means to build, run, and lead a real enterprise.

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CPA firm
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REFM -  Adrian Photo Square - CATOBRemember back in elementary school, when it was time to try something new in a science experiment? Everybody paired up with a lab partner.


Well, the learning shouldn’t stop. Neither should the experimenting. And neither should the lab partners.


The Thriveal Laboratory has as its mission: to encourage strategic risk-taking in the accounting industry, by lowering the barriers to innovation. We are accelerating the adoption of today’s innovations, and contributing to the imagining of tomorrow’s. And we’re creating new intellectual capital along the way. Read more

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bryanThat’s what I really wish someone would’ve told me.

“Jumping the cliff” is our euphemism in Thriveal for quitting your day job and going out on your own.  It’s a scary proposition.  When you jump, you’re in free fall and rock bottom is staring you right in the face.

I felt the ground was coming faster than my wings could flap, so I prolonged the jump. In the name of “preparing” myself, I did a lot to avoid the plunge.  Looking back on it now, I can see a few trends: Read more

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Cliff Jumpers, CPA firm
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