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JasonRocksI’m learning the exponential power of relationship building. And I’m excited as to how fast it can grow your company. We do a good bit of content marketing in our firm, but faster growth is coming from one on one relationships with real people. Relationship building, or Networking as it is often known, and Content Marketing are two important balances in any firm. Most firm leaders are imbalanced on one side or the other. As people, we are drawn to the activity where we feel most comfortable. Surprisingly, I’ve felt most comfortable on the content development side. But relationship building is so important, and I’m unlocking it’s power (and I’m pretty good at that too)!

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Jason BlumerLiving and working in the Thriveal community has been an interesting experiment. I didn’t realize we were actually learning how to run a firm in a community. Further, I didn’t realize we were learning to run a firm in a community of competitors. Working, living, growing, and maturing in a community of competitors has led me to some interesting conclusions as to how we can grow our firms differently now.

 

Let’s look at how we used to grow our firms and how that has changed.

 

How We Used to Grow Firms
We Used to Envy Competitors
Firms that were started long ago adopted a culture of trying to be like other firms – or doing the things that other firms were doing. In a sense, we envied what others had. Similarly, employees at firms would leave to go work at another firm. Of course, most firms used to be the same back in the 80s and 90s. The grass wasn’t greener on the other side, and it was disheartening to find that out when you left one firm for its competitor. Everyone was the essentially the same.
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Jason BlumerI was excited to share Thriveal’s vision for 2016 in our annual Family Meeting a couple of weeks ago.
You can watch the recording of our Family Meeting below if you missed it:
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We have a leadership team in Thriveal now. This means we are able to make our visions much larger, because smarter people are attempting to pull them off. Have you ever wondered what we do at Thriveal? Here it is…

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Jennifer BlumerI recently listened to Brene Brown on audible. It wasn’t a book, but rather a series of talks she gave, so it was more informal and very entertaining. But it was also fascinating, especially the ideas she presented about what it means to belong, rather than to fit in.

“Fitting in and belonging are not the same thing, and, in fact, fitting in gets in the way of belonging. Fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming who you need to be to be accepted. Belonging on the other hand, doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are.”  Read more

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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!

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Community, Computer and Technology
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Jennifer Blumer“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” C.S. Lewis

Many Thriveal members over the last few years have commented that it has been a relief to find other like-minded CPAs. Thriveal CPAs don’t fit the stereotype. They are great at what they do, but they are also creative. They question the way things have always been done. They aren’t satisfied measuring their value by the minute or the hour. They focus on their customers. They desire to learn, and not only to get their required 40 hours of CPE per year. They are disruptive. Thriveal CPAs don’t just want a good job; they want to love their craft.

But what is it about community? Why do we call ourselves a community and not just a group? Here are the characteristics I find in Thriveal – and the reasons I love these peopleRead more

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