10 Steps to Start Innovating

Do you want your firm to last after you're gone?

By Jody Padar
From Success to Significance: The Radical CPA Guide

CPAs are busy people – often to the detriment of their customers. When CPAs don’t have time to understand their customers, they fail to give them real value and creative solutions.

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This is really concerning to me. It concerns me that many CPAs are unwilling to do the work to keep their firms relevant. Although they know that the world no longer works the way it did 20 years ago, they simply shrug their shoulders or look the other way because confronting change seems like too much work.
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Donny Shimamoto Explains How ‘Agile’ Applies to CPA Firms

Donny C Shimamoto, CPA CITP IntrapriseTechKnowlogies
Shimamoto

Examine change from three standpoints: financial, technology and people.

By Jody Padar
From Success to Significance: The Radical CPA Guide

Today we're going to ask the agility expert. Donny C. Shimamoto, CPA, CITP, CGMA, is managing director of IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC.

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JP: Can you describe what your firm does?

DS: We help transform CPA firms in a couple of ways. One is to help them embrace the cloud in a reasonable manner. The second is to embrace new approaches to working. You could even maybe say that we help them become Radical firms.
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Why CPAs Must Be Agile

Happy business professionals giving high five hand slapHow could you apply these 12 principles to your firm?

By Jody Padar
The Radical CPA

Let’s talk about what “agile” means and why you need to embrace this way of being. Being a self-proclaimed techie, I’m kind of psyched that agile comes from a software definition.

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Agile software development describes a set of principles under which requirements and solutions evolve through the collaborative effort of self-organizing, cross-functional teams. It advocates

  • adaptive planning,
  • evolutionary development,
  • early delivery and
  • continuous improvement,

and it encourages rapid and flexible response to change. These principles support the definition and continuing evolution of many software development methods.
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Introducing the Fifth Radical Tenet: The Business Model

Businessman switching on "innovation" slider button6 barriers to innovation.

By Jody Padar
The Radical CPA

Many Radicals have already made the shift to pricing by value or a fixed price agreement. Yet, they are still tracking time.

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When we value our team on an hour, it leaves almost no time for innovation to occur. An incremental shift could be to allow for a certain number of innovation hours per week. However, once again, this is a huge limit on creating an innovative culture.
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The Value of New Ideas

Question marks5 questions to ask.

By Jody Padar
The Radical CPA

How valuable is a new idea?

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This is the question every CPA is asking right now. What’s the ROI? Or as futurist Tom Hood of the Maryland Association of CPAs would say, “What’s the return of not investing?”
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Our Pain Points Are Opportunities

"Opportunity just ahead" road sign in desert"Our cultures eat the opportunity to innovate."

By Jody Padar
The Radical CPA

Opportunities are everywhere. As a successful business owner, you already know this. But when you look at your firm’s biggest challenges, do you see opportunities?

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Opportunities are always openings for innovation or change. As a firm owner, you have a choice: You can address your challenges about the changing market head on or you can just hide your head in the sand and leave them for the next generation to tackle.
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Dear Midsized Firms: Yes, You Can Change

Why you should strive for utopia.

By Jody Padar
The Radical CPA

In a traditional firm, the partner is the center of everything – from technical knowledge to relationship management to operations.

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And, it's not a pretty sight.

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