Blockchain: How to Look Like a Hero to Your Clients

How to use the technology to add value to my firm and our customers.

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

Historically, when it comes to transacting money or anything else of value, people and businesses have relied heavily on intermediaries such as banks and governments to ensure trust and certainty. Middlemen perform a range of important tasks that help build trust into the transactional process, such as authentication and recordkeeping.

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Blockchain changes this.
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What Are AI and Bots?

Robot with penALSO: Talking to vendors about technology.

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

Are you ready? Because we’re Radical 2.0 and we’re going beyond bank feeds.

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The reason being is that technology is automating everything faster. Soon we will be using artificial intelligence and bots to do accounting.
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The Cloud at Work

Businesswoman at laptop with cloud floating above outstretched handYou don't need IT to make your choices, just someone savvy.

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

As a Radical CPA, you already know the cloud allows you to work anytime, anywhere. By adopting the cloud, you can connect to all your data via an Internet browser or an app. You can work on almost any device.

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It’s a pretty brilliant invention.
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Technology + Transparency = Transformation

Clear glass marble on a beachYour goal: build efficiencies and create repeatable product sales.

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

In "The Radical CPA," I explained the cloud and how it works. However, I’ve always maintained that the hows are not important.

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What’s critical to understand is that cloud firms require a new type of management. Why?
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5 Ways to Create a More Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

Portrait of Minda Harts
Harts

"Doing nothing is not an option."

By Minda Harts
in From Success to Significance: The Radical CPA Guide

When you think about the structural elements it will take to create a company culture that is both diverse and inclusive, what comes to mind?

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Real cultural shifts take time, money and buy-in from all stakeholders. A more diverse and inclusive environment is not only intended for internal use, but will also help you attract and retain more diverse clientele. Verna Myers said it best: “Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance.”
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Goals, Goals, Goals

Businessman crossing finish line after leaping hurdlesYour timeline needs a deadline, or big things won't get done.

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

Now that we know who our customers are and our desired business model, we’re going to think about what we’re going to do for the rest of the year. We’re going to create goals!

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I’ve talked about Aha! and how that helps me set a course for my firm. But what I really like about the platform is that once you create goals, you can move them around. And it’s not a big deal!
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The Persona: A Closer Look

Closeup of businesswoman writing on a flipchartHow to create one and what to do next.

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

At my firm, one of our big personas is a real estate investment firm. They like a one-stop shop. They like our personalized attention. They know that we have a certain amount of practical, specialized tax knowledge that they can use.

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What do they dislike? They dislike the detail, because they’re deal guys, they’re big-picture guys, they just want to know: Can they defer the gain, can they not defer the gain, what is the gain? They tell us to take care of the details. Hands off, get it done yesterday, keep me out of jail, I hate taxes. I’m sure you know the type.
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Product Management: Start with These 6 Steps

Scrambled thoughts enter man's head, straightened ones come outHow well do you know your potential customers?

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

So, you’re in your new role. Now what?

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It’s time to get organized and start rolling your plans out to the team. Here are the first steps to take in your new position as product manager.
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3 Challenges in Shifting to Product Management

Confident businesswoman looking straight at cameraAnd 4 skills the product manager must have.

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

Are you ready to take the plunge? As a Radical CPA, you’re already used to dealing with change.

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But I’m here to tell you, your customers (and the market) are demanding that you not only deal with change, but master it. So how do you start?
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Product Management Meets Strategy

Businessman with briefcase crossing the word "product" between two buildings against sunriseGet ready to move ahead with no map.

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

The product manager in a CPA firm is the leader in developing new products that complement the firm’s strategy.

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Therefore, you must know your firm’s strategy for this person to be successful.
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Tips from a Veteran Product Manager

Man and woman looking at computer screenDon't be afraid to listen to the market.

By Bill Whitson

In my 20-plus years in the tax, accounting and finance world, I’ve learned a few things along the way. I’ll share some from the product management lens.

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Product managers can be, in many ways, like trusted advisors: They have a strong opinion and an extensive toolkit, and they serve nearly everyone around them.
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Going Deeper into Product Management

Four businesswoman having a meeting around a tablePart of it is bringing people together.

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

If we are going to be acting like product managers, we really need to know what they do. The best place to start is defining product management.

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According to Steven Haines’ book "The Product Manager’s Survival Guide," product management refers to the holistic management of products and portfolios – from the time they are conceived to the time they are discontinued and withdrawn from the market. In essence, it’s the business management of products. Product management can also refer to the organization that serves to lead and integrate the work of people from other functions.
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Productized 1099s the New Vision Way

Two women talkingThis is the ONLY way they're handled.

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

Here’s the old-school way of completing 1099s:

CPA calls customer before year-end reminding them 1099s need to be completed for January. CPA reminds customer to send in names, addresses and amounts for 1099s to be issued. CPA waits for complete data, usually missing at least one address. CPA rushes at last minute to enter data in 1099 system and issue 1099s. CPAs have multiple customers who act like this, creating havoc and late nights in January.

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It doesn’t have to be this way!
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