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Working Courage

September 21st 2015



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More Communication is Not Better

August 31st 2015

When CPAs and lawyers discuss their leadership and management challenges with me, I often hear some version of this: “We just need more communication around here.”

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Mistakes, Anyone?

August 24th 2015

Don’t you hate that feeling when you discover you’ve made a mistake at work – especially one that affects someone else? We’ve all done it: forwarded an email containing stuff you don’t want most people to read, misspelled a partner’s name in a widely-distributed collateral piece, forgotten to include an essential document in a proposal. 

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Want to Be Happy At Work Part II? Stop Shoulding on Yourself.

August 17th 2015

In a recent post I mentioned Albert Ellis, the psychotherapist who was known for his disdain for “shoulding.” I talked about shoulding on others in that post. Now, we need to talk about shoulding on yourself, as in:

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Communication and an Old Dead Greek Guy

August 4th 2015

Below is a link to a podcast from Thriveal CPA Network, where I am a community coach and incubator mentor. In the podcast, Jason Blumer, Greg Kyte, and I discuss communication by looking at ethos, pathos, and logos (thank you, Aristotle). The conversation quickly gets to practical ways professionals can be more effective communicators, and maybe even rise to the level of greatness. Hint: being human and humane are key.

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Three Ways to Communicate More Effectively

July 27th 2015

No matter how many conversations I have with business people, when I ask them what the biggest issue is for their organizations, the answer is almost always the same: communication. Part of me breathes a sigh of relief, because improving communication is what I do for a living. But part of me thinks, Man, this stuff is so simple. Why aren’t people better at it?

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Want to Be Happy At Work? Stop Shoulding on People.

July 20th 2015

Psychotherapist and psychologist Albert Ellis developed Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in the 1950s. Always blunt, Dr. Ellis was known to declare that “should-hood leads to shit-hood.”

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DIY Leadership

July 15th 2015

Here's a video of AccountingWeb's live CPE that took place last November. I got to hang out with power players like Michelle Golden, Geni Whitehouse, Doug Sleeter and a slew of others. We talked about all kinds of things pertinent to CPAs and other professional knowledge workers. My topic was how to lead yourself even when the leadership in your firm isn't what you would hope for. Here's the link:

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