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Deeper Weekend 2014

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Strategy

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  • Greg Kyte
    Greg Kyte
  • Jason Blumer
    Jason Blumer
  • Jon Lokhorst
    Jon Lokhorst
  • Melinda Guillemette
    Melinda Guillemette
  • Scott Kregel
    Scott Kregel

I love the movie Terminator. I first watched it when I was in middle school, and even back then the thing that struck me was the Terminator’s focus. He had exactly one goal: kill Sarah Connor. Nothing else mattered. Kill everyone in a police station? No problem if it means he’s more likely to kill Sarah Connor. Destroy an entire clothing store? Didn’t care as long as he’s one step closer to killing Sarah Connor.

 

Any collateral damage he created in pursuit of his goal did not matter, because that’s exactly what it means to have one and only one goal. Read more

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Personal Growth, Strategy
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Get ready to have your busy season ruined.

 

Research that attempts to quantify the relationship between hours worked and productivity found that employee output falls sharply after a 50-hour work-week, and falls off a cliff after 55 hours—so much so that someone who puts in 70 hours produces nothing more with those extra 15 hours, according to a study published last year by John Pencavel of Stanford University.”

 

After reading that, the feeling you’re experiencing is called the Semmelweis reflex. It’s the involuntary, reflexive tendency to reject new information because it screws up the way you do stuff. And now you’re probably thinking that you’re not prone to the Semmelweis reflex; that’s called bias blind spot, where you’re like, “Yeah, I totally get it that other people are prone to Semmelweis reflex, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t affect me. I’m a CPA.” Read more

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CPA firm, Pricing, Strategy, Taxes
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As many past attendees of the Deeper Weekend conference know, our event goes deep into one topic. This year we will be talking about the mechanics and strategies of scaling and growing a service based company. We’ll be doing this by leveraging the book Traction through our journey. The book Traction is a detailed explanation of the Entrepreneurial Operating System, developed by Gino Wickman. It is a system and rhythm that gives an entrepreneur something to hold on to as they build their company (typically to a larger size).

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Book Review, Deeper Weekend, Strategy
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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