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REFM -  Adrian Photo Square - CATOBI think we’ve been duped: you, like me, have probably been told somewhere along the line that ‘accounting is the language of business.’ It’s not.

I think we like to think it is. I think we feel good that we can say that about our chosen profession. But I think we do a disservice to ourselves and our customers by subscribing to this notion.

You might have heard that joke about the helicopter pilot that got lost in the skies above Seattle — it was a foggy day, and visibility was very low. He circled and circled, but couldn’t seem to get his bearings. Then he pulled alongside a window of one of the taller skyscrapers, and had his co-pilot scrawl a question onto a poster board and hold it up to the cockpit window: “Where are we?” The folks inside quickly found some flip chart paper, wrote up their reply, and held it up to the building window: “In a helicopter.” The pilot immediately headed north, took two quick turns, and set the chopper down back at the landing pad. Stunned, the co-pilot finally managed to ask, “What … how…did you know to do that?” “Well, I knew we were at the Microsoft building, and it was a just a matter of making a few turns to get home,” the pilot replied. “But how did you know we were at the Microsoft building?” “I knew because the engineers there gave me an answer that was technically correct, but completely unhelpful.” Read more


Jason BlumerIs time important? (Pardon me while I wax philosophical.)  Most people would probably say yes.  Possibly, people who are worried or stressed find time more important than others as the approaching of a certain event in time brings grief.  They are focused on the future.  The future is just one type of time we are focused on.

In my finite mind, time lies in three distinct different planes:

Past, Present, and Future

Dealing with each of the three distinct planes of time can allow us to behave more strategically, analyze more accurately, and focus on what is most important in our lives.  Let me draw a visualization:

The Past

A lot of us dwell on the past.  Perhaps you could have done something better.  Perhaps you are pretty proud of the decisions you’ve made in the past.  In either case, there is nothing you can do about time that has passed.  Dwelling on the past can cripple people because of what they should have done.  We can in fact learn from the past, but once it passes, that is all it is good for – teaching us about our future. Read more


Jennifer BlumerIt’s conference season for CPAs. You have many opportunities to gather with groups of colleagues to learn and improve yourselves. There are a few reasons people go to these events; for the required CPE, to see friends, and to learn. If one of the reasons you are going to an event is to learn or to better yourself, then this post is for you.

I’m interested in what makes a person changeable. What makes you take what you hear at a conference and turn it into something you DO? What makes a person stop doing one thing and begin doing it another way? I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit lately as I try to change the way I care for myself. I’m in the process of changing several (bad) habits that have kept me from being as healthy as I could be. In thinking through what makes a person change, here are my observations. Read more

Other Thoughts, Personal Growth

Jason BlumerThe Thriveal CPAs had such a good time in Las Vegas this week. We learned stuff, and hung out together.  But what was really cool was how a dude named Lance Walley hit me up on twitter on the way to Las Vegas with a message: “Hey dude, I need to meet you!”  I didn’t know who he was, but I always say “sure” when strange people want to meet me when I’m out of town. : )

He said he owned a company that did online recurring billing for clients of CPA firms.  I told him to take a bunch of us Thrivealists to dinner if he wanted to meet innovative CPAs, and HE DID!  Sweet!

This is a story about how the internet works. Read more

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Greg Kyte 2I’m not a big fan of the fraud triangle. It’s like ITT Tech. Both make people think they’re smart, but they’re not.


You know this stuff. Pressure, opportunity, and rationalization must be present at the same time in order for an ordinary person to commit fraud. Like how bacon, lettuce, and tomato must be present at the same time in order to have a BLT. And just to make it perfectly clear to any ITT grads out there, opportunity is the bacon of the fraud triangle. There’s absolutely no way you could have fraud if there’s no opportunity to commit fraud, just like there’s absolutely no way a BLT could qualify as a real sandwich if you say, “Hold the bacon.” Sorry vegans. Read more