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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Your Staff Has No Value. Unless …

That’s right, your staff has no value. Unless … You know this to be true. It has been true for decades. And seasoned professionals talk about it just about all the time. But, it seems more important today than ever. More important because of the complex world

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Do You Have What It Takes?

There was an article in Forbes Insights last month titled “The Renaissance CFO.” It caught my attention for a few reasons and I thought it might be of interest to many of you. It’s relevant to CPAs in business and industry of course, but also to CPAs

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We’re never ‘finished’

The day after tomorrow I will graduate from Butler University with my MBA. I started seven years ago, took the prerequisites and then took a five-year break (not really expecting to go back). For the last two years, though, two nights a week I’ve been in class.

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I’m Stuffed!

Well, like most of you, I found myself stuffed like a Thanksgiving turkey last week after all the family festivities and holiday leftovers. But like the leftovers that get old after the third day, the thought of jumping back into work after the long week-end wasn’t all

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