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What to do with all the Business Cards from Your Last Conference

How to Turn Business Cards into Meaningful Connections A conference or industry event can be a great networking opportunity, provided you stay in touch with your new contacts.  Alexandra Samuel, author of Work Smarter with Social Media, gives step-by-step instructions for keeping track of the business cards you receive and building stronger relationships. To find out more about this Harvard Business Review ...

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71% of Americans Fear Talking to Financial Advisers

Fear is keeping many Americans from seeking help from a financial adviser, according to a survey conducted by the Harris Poll for financial-planning firm McAdam.  More than 70% of respondents said some aspect of dealing with an adviser scares them.  The cost of getting advice was the top concern, at 49%.  Mary Kate Nelson looks at the survey results. To find out more about this Reverse Mortgage Daily articl ...

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Six Tips for Eliminating Disunity Among a Firm’s Partners

United we Thrive, Divided we Fail: Brighten your Firm’s Future with Six Unity Strategies   Arguing and disrespect among partners can undermine a firm's effectiveness and productivity.  Here are six strategies for building a cohesive firm.  Jennifer Wilson, partner and co-founder of ConvergenceCoaching LLC, explains that when your leadership enhances partner unity, your firm’s success will go a long way ...

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Using LinkedIn

As a Strategic Marketing Tool for Your Organization How valuable is LinkedIn for marketing your firm? Yourself? Sources project that LinkedIn will have over 500 million users by 2020. In this article, Lee Frederiksen discusses how LinkedIn can be used to market an organization. ...

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12 Best (and Worst) States for Advisor Pay: 2015

The financial advisory profession is growing, but some states are better than others for adviser pay.  Dan Berman, Contributing Editor for ThinkAdvisor, looks at the best, and the worst, states when comparing the mean U.S. salary for financial advisors. To find out more on this ThinkAdvisor article, click: ThinkAdvisor (best) and ThinkAdvisor (worst). ...

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“R” You Ready

R Programming and Ivy League Classes—For Free There are a host of excellent statistical and optimization software packages available to valuation analysts and litigation support consultants. They are good, but also expensive. “R” is a programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics. The R language is widely used among statisticians and data miners for developing statisti ...

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Crowdfunding Brings New Opportunities for CPAs

Crowdfunding has taken off providing CPAs with many chances to cultivate new business—and also carries risks for investors.  Courtney L. Vien, JofA associate editor, discusses the crowdfunding basics and what an exciting area of opportunity this may be for some CPAs. To find out more on this JofA article, click: Crowdfunding Brings New Opportunities for CPAs. ...

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Boost Your Computer’s Performance

This article provides more than a dozen tips to help transform your computer into a lean, clean performance machine.  J. Carlton Collins, Journal of Accountancy contributing editor, provides some excellent user-friendly instructions to help get your computer running more efficiently. To find out more on this Journal of Accountancy article, click: Boost Your Computer’s Performance. ...

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Social Media: Be Careful What You “Like”

When you "like" a company or group on Facebook, you may unwittingly be surrendering certain legal rights.  J. Carlton Collins, Journal of Accountancy's contributing editor, discusses some of the pitfalls and what could potentially happen. To find out more on Journal of Accountancy's article, click: Social Media: Be Careful What You “Like”. ...

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Promote Opportunity

How to Hire, Train, and Retain the Best Employees Training leaders means developing a partnership between the employer and employees. This commitment takes time and involves both bottom line and business metrics, as well as behavioral and team building skills. The issues related to soft skills, such as behavioral and team building skills are explored in depth in Mike Gregory’s book, The Servant Manager, 203 ...

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4 Reasons Clients Need You Now

There are many reasons why clients need solid financial advice in these turbulent times.  This article lays out four of them, starting with the observation that nobody—or almost nobody—can time the markets.  Bob Clark, Editor-at-Large for Investment Advisor Magazine, explains the importance of speaking to the client’s understanding and the importance of a financial advisor’s role.   To find out more on ...

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Cyber Liability Insurance for CPA Firms

Are you covered for data breaches?  The skinny on cyber liability insurance   Finding out that clients' data was stolen or accessed would be a nightmare for any CPA.  To make it worse, the recovery costs may not be entirely covered by standard insurance policies.  Valrie Chambers, CPA, explores cyber liability insurance and offers key points to consider as filing season approaches.   To find out m ...

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Enhancing Effectiveness at Work and with Your Life

Tools to Make You More Effective Enhancing effectiveness revolves around listening to employees, providing timely quality feedback, providing resources needed by the employee and giving employees a chance to shine. Several models are presented to allow an employee and the firm to enhance effectiveness including the tips from Stephen Covey’s book, management by wandering around, and the Pareto rule. ...

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How Social Media Impacts Business Development

Not all Social Networks Are Created Equal Has your firm embraced social media? Be ready! The days of ignoring social media are long gone. Professional services firms looking to accelerate their growth need to embrace social media and dedicate the resources needed to create a strategy, implement it, and track it. In this article, the author presents research on the impact and value of social media to profess ...

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Promote Opportunity

Demonstrate Leadership to Get Ahead Training leaders means developing a partnership between the employer and employees. This involves both bottom line and business metrics, as well as behavioral and team building skills. The issues related to soft skills such as behavioral and team-building skills are explored in depth in Mike Gregory’s book, The Servant Manager, 203 tips from the best places to work in Ame ...

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The Return of Zero-Base Budgeting

Is Zero-Base Budgeting (ZBB) making a comeback and will it stick around this time?  Matt Fitzpatrick and Kyle Hawke for McKinsey, examine five key elements of success and share their tips for a new beginning. To find out more on the McKinsey and Company’s article, click: The return of zero-base budgeting. ...

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Moving from CFO to CEO: A Half Brainer

Is transitioning into the CEO position all in your head?  Or are there many intricacies involved you may not have thought of?  Author David McCann for CFO Publishing, looks at Gary Burnison to share his views and his compelling narrative on the topic. To find out more on the CFO’s article, click: Moving from CFO to CEO: A Half Brainer. ...

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