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Who defines innovation? You.

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

It's time to get going!

You’ve read my Beyond Radical approach.

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Are you exhausted or energized? If you know me, you know that I can’t wait to help you get started on your journey.
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Get Comfortable with Selling

Two businessmen shaking hands in front of tall office buildingsBut first, define the result.

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

We need to sell something other than time.

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We need to sell an outcome. We need to sell a result. We don’t need to sell time anymore.
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Why Time and Billing Is Over

Young businessman punching and breaking clock with fistMeasure outputs, not hours.

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

I know you must be tired of me saying this.

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But the real reason why I’m able to take on more and focus my energy on expansion is because utilization isn’t relevant to my firm.
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7 Ways to Add Value and Charge for It

Hand turning a knob up to the maximum with a dial where it is written "value added""This is the hardest for CPAs..."

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

First: Create accountability. Follow up. Ask a question to a business owner, give them a deadline and then call them out on the follow-through.

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This is Coaching 101. Did they do what they said they were going to do? Most small business owners have no one to report to, and they appreciate you taking an interest.

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Profits: New Firms, New Measures

Businessman carrying elephant on his backEasing the power struggle between succession and partner compensation.

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

I’m going to address the elephant in the room. Ready? It’s succession and how it relates to partner compensation.

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I can give you many reasons why time and billing is no longer relevant. I can give you the reasons why customers want fixed or value-based prices.
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DeLeon & Stang Launches ‘Anticipatory Organization’ Model

Portrait of Al DeLeon
DeLeon

When transactions post automatically, what will accountants do?

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

Al DeLeon, founding partner of DeLeon & Stang in Virginia and Maryland, has introduced the Anticipatory Organization model to the firm.

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What does that mean exactly?

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How Timesheets Stymie Teams

Four office workers in discussion"When you aren’t tracking the minutes, your team can learn to lead itself."

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

Where is ownership and leadership in the old-school model?

Uh, nowhere?

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Is that why everyone is complaining there is no one left to take over our firms anymore? Whose fault is that?
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When Staffers Meet Clients

Senior businessman mentoring two younger workersAre they asking the right questions?

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

It’s our communication skills that need improvement.

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Partners have the skills, but those skills don’t get transferred to our lower-level employees.
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How Timesheets Kill Teamwork

High angle view of business people stacking hands in a teamwork gestureHourly record-keeping is an individual sport.

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

Capacity gives you and your team incredible opportunities for professional growth. Never at any of my old-school firm jobs did I feel like I was part of a team.

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Yes, I had co-workers who would help if needed. But it was always at the expense of an hour. That may seem harsh, but if your managers are looking at budget hours and you need coaching to get through your part of the assignment, they might only offer up their help begrudgingly.
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Eric Majchrzak: Taking Risks with Marketing

Portrait of Eric Majchrzak
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3 experiments his firm is trying.

By Jody Padar
The Radical CPA Guide

Eric Majchrzak is a shareholder and the chief marketing officer of BeachFleischman PC, a Top 200 firm in Tucson, Arizona, with approximately about $28 million in revenue, 21 partners and 160 employees.

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We go way back. He’s been known to be pioneering when it comes to digital marketing and social media. I asked him what he’s been up to lately; this is how he responded:
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When You’re Selling Product, not Hours

Word "MARKETING" highlighted above other wordsWinning in niches gets easier, too.

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

Product marketing is so different than selling service hours. It’s easier to teach to your employees.

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Why? Because there are advantages to selling a product.
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Four Rules for Setting Boundaries in a Social and Mobile World

Businessman using smartphone while waiting at a subway stationYour customers expect service everywhere they find you. Rule 1: set expectations.

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

Here are some of my tips on setting boundaries in the social world.

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1 – Be upfront with your customers. If I respond immediately – awesome, however on social I may not respond immediately.

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Maximizing Social Media: The Importance of People

Young people holding social media logos"Social selling is lead generation rooted in social media."

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

Social media is the underdog of business development. Although I build relationships in both an offline and the online world, most my firm’s business comes directly from having both an online and an offline connection. I have multiple clients now whom I have never met IRL (in real life).

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It’s all about relationships; it always has been. 
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