Though it is slowly changing, most accounting firms are traditional in the sense that they are still owned and managed by white, Baby Boomer-aged men wearing nice suits and ties. It’s been the go-to standard for decades. Slowly, I would argue, more hoodies and hip sneakers are taking over the suits, as is common in startup culture, but this obviously depends on the firm and its customers.
And while technology may be changing at the speed of light, firm processes are getting more streamlined and even more firms are looking to value pricing because they just understand the limitations of timesheets, change also needs to be happening from a talent and business development perspective. READ MORE →
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.” READ MORE →
Remember that recent Russian router malware warning? The situation is even worse than we originally thought, and a whole lot more router owners are going to have to factory-reset their devices and install firmware updates.
Not only are many more Linksys, MicroTik, Netgear and TP-Link routers vulnerable to the VPNFilter malware, according a recent report from Cisco Talos labs, but several Asus and D-Link models are now also thought to be vulnerable, as well as a couple of Ubiquiti routers and individual Huawei, Upvel and ZTE devices. In all, nearly 70 devices are impacted, including QNAP network-attached-storage drives. READ MORE →
Your mind is the most powerful resource available to you. It is easy to think of it as a supercomputer, running your physical being: constantly compiling data, processing complex transactions, creating internally revealed reports and so on.
We know through research that most of us barely tap into our brain’s full capability, so it is also not hard to get complacent and deem the brain to be some magical organ that we just hope keeps running properly. As well, it is easy for us to get comfortable interacting with our minds as if we were only data entry operators rather than the brain’s lead programmer. READ MORE →
Allowing experienced firm personnel the ability to work remotely is also one of today’s key employee retention strategies. Giving your personnel secure access to the firm’s application and data resources will allow them to work effectively outside normal office hours and avoid unnecessary commuting time. READ MORE →
'Passion is nice. But passion with positive cash flow is so much nicer.'
By Andrea Feinberg
Hey, new business owner: Congratulations on making a huge leap. Your choice to risk it all (and I’d say a predictable income, resources and benefits are pretty huge to leave behind) takes enormous courage, persistence, and a plan. And, many would say it takes a strong devotion – some call it ‘passion’ – to the service or product you plan to deliver.
Well, I have a suggestion and I hope you’ll take this personally (not a typo: I want you to take it personally because your business will be among the most personal relationships and responsibilities you’ll ever have.)
I’m going to suggest you shift your thinking: don’t start a business; solve a problem. Unless your product or service can solve a specific problem (or, secondarily, expand on an opportunity) for a recognizable category of customer, you’ll never make a penny. READ MORE →
Five good reasons to let them make their own hours.
By Drew Carrick
What I am about to say might cause you to break into absolute hysteria. Depending on whom you are, you will either: share and embrace, or smear and critique. My intention is not to demand a change in the working world, but rather to stimulate a cultural conversation that can change the way we work.
Employees should be able to make their own hours.
Are you crazy, Drew? Nobody would ever work then!
Well, while that may be your first thought, let me explain my thought process. READ MORE →