It’s Important To Find Your Beach

It’s mid-June, less than a week away from the official start of summer and more than a few weeks since the “unofficial” start. A time when many of us are taking a vacation or planning one for later in the summer. At least you should be according

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The Power Of One

We all have one. I do. I know you do too. Maybe you haven’t thought about them for a long time, but if you take a minute, I know you will instantly have someone come to mind when I say it … A teacher who made a

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How Are You Preparing For The CPA Evolution?

Every morning when I get into my car to drive to work, my phone pops up a message to tell me that it will take me about 18 minutes to get to work in current traffic. When I get into the car to go home in the

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Are You Kidding Me?

The recent AICPA/NASBA CPE Standards Exposure draft comment period ended on April 30. I don’t know if you saw the exposure or any information about it. This was actually a “re-exposure” because, as I understand it, of the volume and nature of comments received on the original

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Burnout Is Real But It’s Avoidable

I know I’ve talked incessantly about going back to school for my MBA at the ripe old age of 42 (see blog 1 and blog 2), but I’m bringing it up again because four months post-graduation I have some thoughts on burnout. That’s right. Instead of basking

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Purdue Program Joins CPA Center of Excellence® As Leaders In Competency-Based Education

While Purdue’s NCAA hopes ended early with an unexpected first round upset, their innovation in competency-based learning is earning the university the equivalent of a national championship. The school’s Polytechnic Institute recently gained final approval for a new competency-based program that turns the tables on traditional learning

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Understanding And Valuing Experience

If I knew then … Well. Have you ever said that? If I knew then … what I know now. Or even if you didn’t say it, maybe you thought it. Of course you have! We all do! That’s life. We all learn from experience. Once you

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Making A Case For Soft Skills Assessment And Development

The CPA Center of Excellence®’s work was recently validated by a well-known, independent organization, Accounting Today, when the Insight HR & Career Development Toolkit was named as a 2016 Top New Product. While that recognition itself is a great honor, this is of greater importance: the need

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Always Have a Plan B

That is one piece of advice I received from a co-worker many years ago and it has served me well. In fact, having a plan C, D, E and F too is often something that has saved the day for me. I admit this wasn’t a lesson

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How Would You Spend Extra Time If You Had It?

Everybody’s busy these days. And CPAs might be even busier than most, especially for some at this time of year. After all, it is what they call “busy season.” I regularly hear a lot of people say “I don’t have time” or “there’s just not enough time

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