Those are the immortal words of one of my two favorite movie mentors, Yoda from Star Wars.  (Mr. Miyagi from Karate Kid is a close second).  Yoda is giving young Luke Skywalker his Jedi training and asks if he is ready.  Luke responds, “I’ll give it a try,” prompting our beloved Jedi Master to utter…

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Staff.  Firms are continuing to step up their efforts to be more liberal and staff-friendly with their staff policies.  More unlimited PTO polices including many variations of this, working remotely, staff setting their own hours, etc.  Unfortunately, I am not seeing any changes in the lip service most partners give to staff mentoring.  80% of…

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When’s the last time you heard a speech that truly stunned you? If you’re like me, it’s been a while. But Barry Melancon‘s recent talk with our Chicago roundtable did just that. The topic was the state of the CPA profession. Barry is the CEO of the Association of International CPAs (different name but still the AICPA!) and…

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The New Horizon Group, a CPA industry think tank, has met annually for the past 15 years to brainstorm and debate, as well as analyze top issues, present and future trends. Generously hosted by the AICPA, the group met recently in New York.  In attendance were its distinguished members: Jim Bourke, Gale Crosley, Chris Frederiksen,…

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