There’s hardly a business that will remain unaffected by blockchain technology.


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In Blockchain Basics for Business, Steve Sacks interviews Jack Shaw on the elements of the technology, its early beginnings, the industries impacted, and the practical business applications.

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Key takeaways:

  • Bitcoin is only an application of Blockchain which is the platform
  • Decentralized nodes eliminate the possibility of hacking
  • Blockchain has many business uses in the financial, insurance, media, medical, consumer and supply chain
  • Industries impacted by blockchain include energy, entertainment, manufacturing and transportation
  • Blockchain stores records such as identities, ownership of assets, business transactions and contractual commitments

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Jack Shaw is an innovation and change management consultant, who has been voted one of the world’s top 25 speakers and one of the top 5 technology futurists. Jack integrates his executive experience in Industry, technology, and consulting to speak on Innovation, Change Management, and Transformational Leadership. And, he has decades of experience designing, developing, and implementing emerging technologies and how these will impact business and society.

Jack has advised key decision-makers at such Fortune 500 organizations as Mercedes Benz, Bosch, GE, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Oracle, and SAP. Jack has delivered over 1,000 keynote presentations and executive forums in 26 countries and every state across the U.S. He is a Yale University graduate, and holds a Kellogg MBA degree specializing in Finance and Marketing.

Jack’s expertise is in the strategic impact of leading-edge technologies, including Blockchain technology, 5G, the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. He can be reached at https://jackshaw.io

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Blockchain Implications for Business

There’s hardly a business that will remain unaffected by blockchain technology.


^ Play the video

With Steven Sacks

In Blockchain Basics for Business, Steve Sacks interviews Jack Shaw on the elements of the technology, its early beginnings, the industries impacted, and the practical business applications.

MORE VIDEOS and PODCASTS: The Art and Science of Hiring: Three Essentials for the COVID Age | What’s a Bot? New Tech Tools to Boost Your Practice | Your Competition Isn’t Who You Think It Is | Don’t Get Burned by These PPP Pitfalls

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Key takeaways:

  • Bitcoin is only an application of Blockchain which is the platform
  • Decentralized nodes eliminate the possibility of hacking
  • Blockchain has many business uses in the financial, insurance, media, medical, consumer and supply chain
  • Industries impacted by blockchain include energy, entertainment, manufacturing and transportation
  • Blockchain stores records such as identities, ownership of assets, business transactions and contractual commitments

^ Download and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here

Jack Shaw is an innovation and change management consultant, who has been voted one of the world’s top 25 speakers and one of the top 5 technology futurists. Jack integrates his executive experience in Industry, technology, and consulting to speak on Innovation, Change Management, and Transformational Leadership. And, he has decades of experience designing, developing, and implementing emerging technologies and how these will impact business and society.

Jack has advised key decision-makers at such Fortune 500 organizations as Mercedes Benz, Bosch, GE, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Oracle, and SAP. Jack has delivered over 1,000 keynote presentations and executive forums in 26 countries and every state across the U.S. He is a Yale University graduate, and holds a Kellogg MBA degree specializing in Finance and Marketing.

Jack’s expertise is in the strategic impact of leading-edge technologies, including Blockchain technology, 5G, the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. He can be reached at https://jackshaw.io

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Organizational Change Starts and Ends with People

What is your firm’s social contract?

By Steven E. Sacks
The NEW Fundamentals

You read about companies every day: those that separate themselves from the competition by disrupting the norms and those that remain steadfast, much to their detriment. For the former, think about Amazon, Uber, Netflix and other “change agents.” Now, think about the latter: JCPenney, Kmart and Sears.

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As the late chairman and CEO of Intel, Andy Grove said, “Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.”
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Heading Off Course? Time to Correct

Young man steering a wooden shipBe ready to forgive yourself.

By Bill Reeb

We need self-acceptance that as human beings we are emotional, have faults, are regularly scared, will make mistakes, are very self-critical, expect more from ourselves at times than is reasonable, and more.

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We need to accept the fact that we will commonly sabotage or undermine our own efforts, sometimes consciously, often subconsciously. When we find our psychological and physiological energy heading down one of these destructive paths, rather than pile on and beat ourselves up even more, we need to accept that these detours are both expected and predictable so that we can quickly refocus on more constructive responses.
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Sales Shouldn’t Be Scary

Hands using a calculatorHow a funnel will get you there.

By Ty Hendrickson

No, I haven’t lost my mind, I truly believe that all accountants should love sales.

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It is well known that the general sentiment in our industry is that business development is terrifying and not what we were trained to do as accountants. In reality, the fundamentals of sales are actually what accountants do best – number manipulation. Once the framework of sales is broken down to a numbers game, it becomes fun, exciting and dare I say, EASY!
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You’re Selling the Wrong Stuff

Businesswoman in a meeting with a male colleague smiling at him as they sit at a table discussing paperwork over coffeeIt comes down to giving clients better business results.

By Matt Solomon

When you’re struggling to grow your business, success can seem mysterious. You feel like you’re doing everything right: you’re good at what you do, you give clients what they ask for and you work really, really hard. So what’s missing?

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The answer is hiding right in plain sight. If you aren’t seeing the growth and success you want to have, chances are that you aren’t selling what clients really want.
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How to Train Clients

Skip this, and both service and satisfaction decline.

By Frank Stitely
The Relentless CPA

You’ll hate me after this post. I’m about to reveal that many of the behaviors that you rationalize as good client service are really just desperate measures to avoid losing bad clients. We’ll talk about getting out of that mess later.

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Clients are trainable – at least as trainable as Jack Russell Terriers. That is to say, they’re somewhat trainable. However, like Jack Russell Terriers, you train clients or they’ll train you. Somebody’s getting trained. Here’s an example of how that works.
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20 Best Practices for Staff Training and Retention

Number 20 with target and arrows in center of zeroAre they employees or team members?

By Ed Mendlowitz
Call Me Before You Do Anything: The Art of Accounting

Colleagues complain that it is hard to train staff because they do not listen, and even if they were trained properly, they would then leave, preventing recoupment of the training costs.

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I hear what they are saying but do not agree with either premise. Training is essential and must be committed to by the partners and owners and become part of the firm’s culture.
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Five Edge Computing Predictions for 2021

Industrial metal number 5Welcome to private 5G networks.

By Rick Richardson

One of my “go-to” technology research firms is Forrester Research. Recently, the firm said 2021 would be the year that edge computing graduates from experiment to practically applicable technology, primarily driven by AI and 5G.

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Edge computing is a technology that places the processing close to the data source rather than concentrated processing at a distant central location.
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Strategic Planning for the Small Firm

Dial with arrow pointing to word "strategy"Plus actionable tips for each area.

By Ed Mendlowitz
The CPA Trendlines Practice Doctor

QUESTION: Do you recommend strategic planning for a small accounting practice?

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ANSWER: I recommend it for everyone. It is important for larger firms to make sure the partners are on the same page.
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