Finding Margin in Business and in Life

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Evernote Right Now

I have a confession.  I hate paper and I hate filing.  I hate paper filing.  I hate looking for paper files.  Hate it!  Hate it!  So, that’s why I took my little accounting practice digital.  We have a process for digitizing paper and a retention policy for client files, but we are, by-and-large, a minimal-paper […]

Turning Accounting on Its Head

It is difficult to believe we launched into the accounting business three years ago with a vision to serve a small number of clients in an exciting and unique way.  The idea behind it was to create a service that cross-pollenized the traditional accounting practice with the more intimate connection of an on-site client-employed bookkeeper […]

Leaving Well

It wasn’t a decision you made lightly.  It took months of thinking, prayer and introspection to reach this point of clarity.   You’re done.  You’ve made the decision to resign.  As an executive in the company, what does that mean?   What does it look like?  What is the process? Having gone through this experience a few […]

Knowing When It’s Time to Go

We all have horror stories about work.  For those of us who have had the privilege and responsibilities associated with leading an organization, those stories seem to proliferate even more so.  With the benefit of time and space, some of these situations are humorous, even hilarious.  Yet when these situations are part of a long […]

Don’t Ignore Your Team!

A number of years ago I found myself leading a group of individuals, who had been abandoned, mismanaged and ignored for several years.  The only communication they received was when they made a mistake.  It was usually swift and brutal, so those who remained had grown a thick, protective shell to block out the pain […]

Breaking Through Frustration

Some time ago, I found myself battling frustration on several fronts.  Frustration with a client, frustration with several project delays and frustration in an organization where I volunteer.   While frustration is normal every now and then, it is never good to get stuck there.  Frustration leads to anger or apathy; played out in sarcasm, gossip, […]

Is It Time To End It…Or Fix It?

As leaders of organizations, we are challenged to make decisions every day.  Many of these decisions carry with them significant consequences; none more so, perhaps, than those relating to employee performance.    Decisions involving unsatisfactory employee performance are particularly difficult and painful to process. Often, we fall into two traps when faced with an employee performance […]

Six Steps to Working for a Manipulative Boss

Some time ago I read a blog post by Don Miller, a prolific writer and founding director of Storyline.  The post is entitled The Single Defining Characteristic of a Manipulator.  In it, he states “…manipulative people will use guilt, shame, lies and trickery to get what they want.”  Have you ever worked for someone like […]

Is Straight Talk For You?

As a business owner, I look for opportunities to reduce unnecessary business expenses wherever I can.    One particularly exasperating expense is that of the cell phone.   Now don’t get me wrong, I certainly understand a cell phone is a necessity in business.  However, we have witnessed in the past five years a rapid escalation of […]

Five Steps for Effective Employee Onboarding

Every day thousands of people start new jobs.  It is an anxious, exciting time.  We dream of the possibilities with our new employer and hope to make a positive impact in our new role.  Unfortunately for most, this  eager anticipation is trampled by the realities of an unprepared work environment, where little or no effort […]

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