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REFM -  Adrian Photo Square - CATOBRemember back in elementary school, when it was time to try something new in a science experiment? Everybody paired up with a lab partner.


Well, the learning shouldn’t stop. Neither should the experimenting. And neither should the lab partners.


The Thriveal Laboratory has as its mission: to encourage strategic risk-taking in the accounting industry, by lowering the barriers to innovation. We are accelerating the adoption of today’s innovations, and contributing to the imagining of tomorrow’s. And we’re creating new intellectual capital along the way. Read more

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REFM -  Adrian Photo Square - CATOBToday the Thriveal Laboratory launches its inaugural experiment: Business Model Prototyping.

The experiment’s hypothesis is that there will be multiple successful business models for accounting firms of the future. Using the visual Business Model Canvas tool developed by Alex Osterwalder, a team of experimenting accountants will begin by sketching the traditional accounting firm model, and then ideate a series of prototypes for evolutions of that model that will succeed in the future. The experiment will be conducted using the Lab’s Experimental Framework, and the results will be published in a Lab Report released to the profession. The report will be designed for use by firm owners to identify points of innovation that they can use to either build and/or shape their own business models. Read more

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REFM -  Adrian Photo Square - CATOBThe phrase that will change your business’s future is, “I’d like to try an experiment…let’s see if this works.”

There’s a saying, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” While I may suggest it isn’t entirely true (see side note 2 in Choosing Your Surfing Style), the point is well taken: you can’t expect to see a change, unless you make a change. (Surprise, right?) Read more

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REFM -  Adrian Photo Square - CATOBThe Thriveal Laboratory’s first Bunsen Burner Chat was held January 29, and was a great opportunity for folks around the globe to connect about experimentation in the accounting industry. ­­ We had participants from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the good ol’ US of A represented, as well as different sizes and different types of firms. A few of the highlights from our gathering:

 

  • We talked about how firms are currently experimenting. Challen Edwards of Holland Solutions LLC shared about how she’s invited selected customers to join in the exploration process by volunteering to try new things with her. And Zach Krogdahl shared how his firm beta ­tested some payroll changes among a select group of customers first, intentionally providing them an added level of attention and support, with a plan to rollout the changes to their customer base as a whole in phase two. Chad Davis of LiveCA shared how he drew inspiration from a MailChimp blog post for how numbers and information could be presented in new and impactful ways.

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On December 10, 2013, Thriveal announced the creation of a laboratory for the accounting profession. But what does that actually mean?

In this video, I give a quick five-minute sketch of what the Lab is designed to be:

And next Wednesday, January 29, we’ll be hosting our first “Bunsen Burner Chat” — an opportunity for anyone who’s interested to chat about the Lab, its goings on, to ask questions, talk with other interested industry members, and get a sneak peek at what we have planned for 2014. The chat is scheduled for 4 pm EST, and you can sign up here.

Let the experimentation begin!

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It’s been over a month since the Thriveal Family Meeting. During this online webinar, Jason Blumer introduced the four divisions of Thriveal and their leaders. One of those divisions is the brand new Thriveal Lab. You’ll be hearing more about the lab soon from its Director, Adrian Simmons. For now though, let’s look at the six beliefs that are foundational to the lab. Notice that each belief is stated in a negative and a positive manner.

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If these beliefs resonate with you, or if you are just curious about us and want to follow along, please join our email list for lab updates here.

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