Deeper Weekend 2014

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Greg Kyte 2My hair sucks. It sucks bad.


Since my hairline isn’t receding and I don’t have a bald spot, I don’t have male pattern baldness. Instead I’ve got female pattern baldness (FPB), which means really thin hair on top. The sides are bushy as hell, but the top is thinner than an Olsen twin.


I first noticed my FPB in a photo back when I kept my hair buzzed. I loved the buzz cut. No bed head. No hat head. Whenever I did get bed and/or hat head, that was the universe telling me to cut my damn hippy hair. Read more

Customer Experience, Pricing

Jason BlumerI’m a Peter Thiel fan. He is a contrarian, and there is power in contrarian thinking. In his book Zero to One, Thiel talks about Secrets in Chapter 8. It’s one of my favorite chapters.




In his book, Thiel contrasts secrets between conventions and mysteries. He contends that conventions within business are easy to uncover (like, you should use a CRM to manage your client’s information), and that mysteries are impossible to uncover (like, you will make a lot of money if you can predict what the stock market will do tomorrow). He makes a point that secrets are not easy to discover, yet they are not impossible. You will not stumble into secrets – if they are to be found, then you must search for them.

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CPA firm, Customer Experience, Innovation

Jennifer BlumerI love planning Deeper Weekend. It is so fun to plan all the little surprises and details for our members and guests that make the trip to Greenville. And it’s my opportunity to interact with several vendors as the customer in a short period of time. That means I get to compare one customer experience to another. Some companies are a pleasure to work with. Others, not so much. And the good ones make the rest look pretty bad.

The truth is we like to feel good, and we like to work with people that make us feel good. We are emotional people, and no matter how reasonable we are, if we are frustrated by a vendor, we’ll stop working with them. No matter how nice the product or service is.

Let’s take the bartending business I hired for the welcome reception. (Might as well give them a plug – use Liquid Catering if you’re ever planning an event in Greenville!) I get the overall impression that they have their act together. When I contacted them initially, they immediately took control and told me how they operate. I knew the pricing for their packages, what was included, and when payments were due. They told me how I would go about choosing the drinks we would serve at our event. I know what time they will come set up at the venue. And I have worked with ONE person consistantly throughout the process. Read more

Customer Experience, Deeper Weekend
REFM -  Adrian Photo Square - CATOBThose of you tracking the Thriveal blog for a while may have noticed one of the themes I’ve been exploring over time through my posts is: where is the practice of accounting headed? Entries on that topic include:  A Profession In Search of an IdentityThe Firm(s) of the Future(s)Accounting Is Not the Language of Business, and the most recent: Accounting For What. In that post, I came right up to, but didn’t take, the last leap in the hopscotch of the thought process, which is what I’d like to share now: “The customer is the product.”


I first heard that phrase uttered by good friend and Verasage founder, Ron Baker, at a conference last fall and it caused me to do a full stop in my tracks. I realized I can be focused on what we’re selling, and changing our offerings, and marketing our products and services, and on and on. But the truth of the matter is, it’s the customer that’s the product. And what I do is best measured by how it changes their lives.
Business, Customer Experience

Greg Kyte 2I had Liberty Tax Service do my 2013 taxes. Don’t judge me.

I went because of Walt Disney. I heard he was inspired to create Disneyland because he was grossed out when he took his kids to some nasty carnivals. So I thought about what would gross me out in the accounting profession, and decided to go to Liberty Tax Service – the carneys of the accounting profession – for inspiration.

I arrived at Liberty Tax at 11:00 a.m. on Presidents’ Day. The open-concept office was austere: two small fake trees, white walls, fluorescent lights. The “waiting room” area had some toys for kids to both play with and contract hepatitis from. I assumed it was a temporary office. I was later told that it’s year-round. Read more

Customer Experience, Pricing, Taxes

REFM -  Adrian Photo Square - CATOBWhen the inevitable question comes up in social interactions: “What do you do?” one of my favored replies is, “I help people account for things…usually it’s their money, but not always.”


What is accounting really? Read more

Customer Experience