July 18, 2018

Communication

controller to cfo

The Road From Controller to CFO Is Becoming Less Traveled

When my daughters, ages 10 and 8, are asked what they want to be when they grow up, my oldest says a professional basketball player, and my youngest wants to be a chef. Both good choices. No kid in their right mind would say accountant, journalist, or chief financial officer. As children, Bill Brundage had […]

writing

How to Get Ahead: Work on Your Writing

Since Marsha tackled listening on Friday, I thought I’d share this post on writing I scribbled awhile back for Accountingfly’s blog. Writing is part of my job, so I take it pretty seriously. I write every day. I read well-written articles from a variety of sources. I like to read about writing as a craft. […]

Anyone Not Adding Disclaimers to the Their Text Messages With Clients Is Probably Asking for It

Text messaging is right up there in the realm of great communication inventions. It's so engrained in our lives that we barely even think about it, but if it went away, we'd all be FURIOUS. Sure, it's butchering language and yes, people who text and drive should suffer a public shaming, but until we starting […]

How to Follow-up Without Being a Pest

You’ve seen the commercial where the clueless Millennial is being interviewed for a job.  When the guy says, “We’ll call you” the phone rings.  It’s the Millennial across his desk following up after the interview.  There’s a fine line between efficient follow-up and being a pest.  Business owners and managers respect efficient follow-up.  They avoid […]

Most Managers Would Prefer If You Could Just Read Their Minds

Think you can do that? If so, that'd be great. A new Interact survey conducted online by Harris Poll with 2,058 U.S. adults — 1,120 of them were employed, and 616 of the employed people were managers — showed that a stunning majority (69%) of the managers said that they’re often uncomfortable communicating with employees. […]

Here Are Some Coded Phrases You Will Hear During Busy Season

It’s busy season and most accountants are feeling the physical and emotional pain of long hours. While cryptic underhanded messages are the last thing you need, there’s no stopping anyone from sending mixed messages.   I’ve been there and it takes time to fully understand what people are saying to you. For all you newbies, […]

What Questions Should Young CPAs Ask Partners?

Our well-behaved cousins over at AccountingWEB published an interesting article today with 10 questions young CPAs should ask firm partners. This is important because a lot of you are completely awkward and don't even know how to make small talk with recruiters (Exhibit A: Reddit), much less partners. Here's Phyllis Weiss Haserot's list: What do […]

Communicating Purpose Key to Higher Employee Engagement, Says Ironic Deloitte Study

Let's discuss: Every company, at some level, has a purpose. How well you are able to communicate yours internally could have a major effect on your employees' engagement levels. That's one of the more striking findings from a new survey from Deloitte. To put it in terms of numbers, 73 percent of employees who say […]

PwC’s Transparency Gives Its Employees the Warm Fuzzies

Yesterday we discussed the Vault business outlook rankings for public accounting firms. In general, I thought that mid-tier firms have a sunnier horizon than the Big 4 firms, with the obvious exception of PwC. That exception seemed odd to me, so I shot a question over to Derek Loosvelt who did the write-up on the Accounting […]

Here’s Some Shit You’ll Hear Accountants Say During Busy Season

For some of you, this marks your first busy season. That's pretty relatively exciting. You'll learn many things along the way but communicating effectively with your peers and superiors will be one of the most important learning curves you'll climb in your young career. Likewise, for the veterans out there, it's imperative that you communicate […]