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Greg Kyte 2I recently had an Oprah-quality million-dollar idea.


And this million-dollar idea is way better than my Johnny Jump Up Multi-Room Integrated Track System1 idea. The JJUMRITS might’ve made someone a million bucks, but it also might’ve been extremely unsafe for babies which – turns out – is horrible for PR. And for babies.


I also had a million-dollar idea for a biometric attendance-taker machine for high schools and junior highs3. That idea is like a million dollars of lunch money in a nerd’s pocket, just waiting for someone to punch it out of its zip-lock sandwich bag4 and into someone’s bank account. Read more
CPA firm, Innovation

REFM -  Adrian Photo Square - CATOBThe omniscient manager.

You know: the mastermind, who has the vision, and orchestrates all the pieces in a three-dimensional chessboard, to achieve a magnificent result. They are filled with sage wisdom, far-seeing insight, and a gut instinct that never errs. We watch with awe and aspire to one day be that person.

Might I humbly submit…they don’t exist. Or at least they are as rare as unicorns.

So why are our business structures built on this myth? Why do we have managers, or at least, why are they endowed with powers and expectations that far outstrip a realistic understanding of what they can accomplish? Is it helping, or hurting, to follow this accepted “professional” model?

But what would a world look like without managers anyways? Read more

Leadership, Management and Operations

700_0661A friend emailed me the other day asking what I thought about his idea to create a new online ‘Accountant Marketplace.’ Sort of like 99Designs for accountants. In effect, it would be a place where those needing accountants could search for the best accountant, and pick the one they want. Maybe the price would come from a bid type system, or something similar.

This is definitely one type of business model. And it works too. Teaspiller was one such example. Teaspiller was purchased by Intuit, and now the url redirects to this site: Read more

Business, Pricing

Jennifer BlumerROWE has been taking a bit of a hit lately in the media. Companies like Best Buy and Yahoo have made bold moves to end their work at home options for employees. I have seen some people respond that ROWE did not work out like it was supposed to. As my friend Greg Kyte would say, I call BS.

I don’t think Best Buy or Yahoo! were ROWE at all. Because ROWE works. What fails is leadership.

For some reason, people think working away from an office is the same thing as ROWE. It’s not though. In fact, Jody Thompson and Cali Ressler have been trying to help us understand for a while that flexibility is the new F word. Just because you are not forced to be in an office from 8 to 5 Monday through Friday does not mean your are working in a ROWE. There may have been a lot of people both in an out of the offices of Best Buy and Yahoo not achieving results. Maybe they didn’t even know what results they were supposed to achieve! That’s a leadership problem. Let’s not blame ROWE. Read more

Leadership, ROWE

Greg Kyte 2How do you take a service offering that can be easily commoditized and transform it into a highly sought-after experience that customers will pay a premium for?

Great question.

You can read about how to do it in Joe Pine and James Gilmore’s book The Experience Economy, you can listen to Episode 19 of the THRIVEcast, or you can expose yourself directly to the experience economy by visiting your local CrossFit Gym.

This month I recorded a video blog where I worked out with the CrossFit fanatics to see what they’re doing right, and to try to glean some lessons that we can apply to our CPA firms. Read more

Community, CPA firm