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Deeper Weekend 2014

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Scott Kregel, CPA is building his firm in Pennsylvania. He leads Kregel & Company, CPAs, and he has been a Thriveal member for many years. He began years ago in our coaching course to help CPA firm owners think differently about how they build their firms. And now Scott Kregel has been growing his firm, and fully participating in the Thriveal community and in Deeper Weekend.

 

Here is what Scott said recently,

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I’m pretty much an HGTV design star. Not just because I put up crown moulding in my living room and master bedroom.¹ But also because I went to an interior design store once.

The store was called Rustica Hardware. It’s an amazing store, but the thing that dug into my brain like a Ceti eel from The Wrath of Khan was this sign they had up in their shop:

 

I LOVE THAT. Partly because, as I already established, I’m an HGTV design star, but also because who wouldn’t accept that challenge? Living in art is better than living in mindless acceptance of the default. I intentionally try to approach my home like an artist approaches some kind of art thing. Read more

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CPA firm, Other Thoughts, Personal Growth
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Talk to any entrepreneur, and you’ll quickly hear the word ‘freedom’ as a reason for running their own business. Accounting firm owners are no different. Many accounting firm owners want to work for themselves because of the ‘freedom’ it will afford them. But the word ‘freedom’ is taking on a life of its own and I think it’s time to explore what that word means.

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I suck at sports.

In college, my roommate recruited me to be on an intramural softball team. During practice, I got hit in the face by a ground ball. That’s how bad I suck. A softball that was rolling on the ground, broke the laws of nature, jumped up, and hit me in the face … just to make sure that I understood that the Sport of Softball knows that I suck.

Before becoming a CPA I was a middle school math teacher. Every year, on the last day of school, the teachers would play against the eighth-grade basketball team. In the 70-year history of the school, the teachers never lost. Until I played. That was the first and only year I played, and that was the first and only year the teachers lost.¹ Read more

One of the best books I’ve seen that helps entrepreneurs get their vision down on paper is Gino Wickman’s book, Traction. That’s why I’ll be teaching some concepts from the book to scale and grow your firm at this year’s Deeper Weekend conference (watch this video to get a $250 early bird discount to the conference on Oct 25 to 27.)

 

In Traction, Wickman says “Entrepreneurs must get their vision out of their heads, and down onto paper.” This is one of the most enlightening concepts in business today. The concept of establishing a vision can be daunting at first because it has lived cluttered in the entrepreneur’s head for so long. It can be hard to write down, but extraction of a vision is necessary if you want to build an organization larger than yourself. According to Wickman, the first step in getting the entrepreneur’s vision down onto paper is to write out the Core Values of the business. But before we get to the steps of writing out your core values, let’s look at some principles supporting the importance of your core values.

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CPA firm, Deeper Weekend, Leadership, Strategy
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Since the phrase ‘countercultural firm owner’ is part of Thriveal’s purpose statement, I thought it would be helpful to explore what this phrase means. First, here is Thriveal’s purpose:

Thriveal inspires countercultural firm owners to embrace their entrepreneurial creativity within the profession.

 

Many recognize the phrase ‘countercultural’ when discussing a certain time in history like the 60’s. The 1960’s was a countercultural time when certain demographics of brave people distrusted a current establishment and decided to go against that establishment with a grassroots voice and often disruptive behaviors. The establishment, or people who adhered to established ways of doing things, often didn’t understand or even distrusted the ways of these countercultural crowds. Some call it a movement.

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