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Becoming Indispensable, Part One

Posted By Arianna Campbell, 7 hours ago

"Only focusing on tasks can limit the ability to grow professionally. Resources and energy are put into crossing items off a task list while professional development is overlooked. This can lead to limited opportunities for promotion because additional learning opportunities are..."

Arianna Campbell describes some of the challenges with becoming an expert at your job in part one from her article on "Becoming Indispensable."

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Tags:  2015  Arianna Campbell  Blog  personal development  Talent 

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Great Leaders are Replaceable

Posted By Jim Boomer, Thursday, March 19, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"When we talk about succession, often it's focused on partners and the discussion sort of stops there but we really need to be looking at all functional areas of the firm. So IT, HR, training and learning; do we have a succession plan in place?"

Jim Boomer speaks about the value of developing talent in this recording from March 2014.

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Tags:  2014  Blog  Jim Boomer  leadership  Retention  Succession  Talent  team building 

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Just In Time Cloud Learning

Posted By Tom Hood, Thursday, March 12, 2015

"Ohio has already passed it, we passed it, and there are a group of state's looking at it and nationally the AICPA and NASBA are looking at it. My point is, that’s gearing us up to the idea of cloud learning, right? It's the idea…"

Tom Hood, an excerpt from his presentation "Preparing for the Shift Change in Accounting," recorded August 19, 2014 at the 2014 Boomer Technology Circles™ Summit in Kansas City, MO.

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Tags:  2014 Summit  Business Leadership Institute  Talent  Tom Hood  Training and Learning 

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Our View on Sponsoring Partnerships

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 05, 2015

We value and understand the resources our Sponsoring Partners provide to our profession. We work hard to develop partnerships that benefit our community members and our Sponsoring Partners. We are selective in whom we allow to participate and as a result, our members also view Sponsors as true partners and industry leading resources.  Yes, our Sponsoring Partners normally have an exhibit booth at our meetings, but they also have the opportunity to participate in the majority of the sessions and they often provide, and receive, great insight into the issues facing the profession.

In this video, Bill Flynn, of the startup company Ziptr, makes an "Ignite Presentation" to an April, 2013 meeting of one of our Boomer Technology Circles.™  An Ignite Presentation is a series of timed slides that provide an outline for an introduction of the company and its representatives while also making sure there’s a limit to marketing-speak.

Ziptr is a company that discontinued operations in September of 2013 but we’re sharing this video because Bill did a great job with his Ignite Presentation and since they’ve discontinued business, we won’t be perceived as favoring one of our current sponsors over a competitor. It’s just another example of how we try to create win-win situations for all of our participants!

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What makes a good Technology Committee?

Posted By Jim Boomer, Thursday, February 26, 2015

"One of the big things about, and drivers for having a technology committee, is because there really are no IT projects anymore; there are only firm projects which have technology intertwined with them.  So it's important that there be…"

Jim Boomer speaks about the benefits of developing a firm IT Committee in this recording from March 2014.

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Tags:  2014 Blog  CIO  IT Department  Jim Boomer  practice management  Technology  Technology Plan 

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What if You Don't Train Your People?

Posted By Tom Hood, Thursday, February 19, 2015

"We put it this way, we like to say in a period of rapid change and increasing complexity, the winners are going to be those people who can actually learn faster than the rate of change and faster than the competition.  And that applies to individuals as well as organizations."  Tom Hood, an excerpt from his presentation "Preparing for the Shift Change in Accounting," recorded August 19, 2014 at the 2014 Boomer Technology Circles™ Summit in Kansas City, MO.

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Tags:  2014 Summit  Business Leadership Institute  Emerging Leaders  leadership  Talent  Tom Hood  training 

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Technology Surcharge

Posted By L. Gary Boomer, Thursday, February 12, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

"...we really didn't know how much we were spending on technology because our firm, like many other firms, were using a concept called peanut butter accounting; spread it thin and no one would know how much we're spending…"

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Tags:  2014 Blog  budgeting  Growth  L. Gary Boomer  leadership 

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Process improvement from the viewpoint of a Managing Partner

Posted By Dennis Sherrin, Friday, February 06, 2015

"We went through the process, and you’ve probably heard of it, Lean Six Sigma, Lean processing.  They’re manufacturing terms that have been applied, not just to the accounting industry but engineering firms, architecture firms; a lot of different arenas.  Just like anything else..."

Dennis Sherrin, Managing Partner of Hartmann, Blackmon & Kilgore P.C., speaks about his firm's experience with Lean Six Sigma during a Boomer Technology Circles™ meeting session called "Idea Factory," a session where members share an idea that has made a positive difference within their firm.  Recorded in May, 2011.

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Tags:  2011 Spring  Audit Process  boomer technology circles  Dennis Sherrin  Hartmann Blackmon and Kilgore  Idea Factory  Lean Six Sigma  processes  Tax Process 

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Process Improvement

Posted By Jim Boomer, Thursday, January 29, 2015

"So what are the results you can expect?  Well, you can identify wasted time and money; hidden dollars start to show themselves.  Moral and job satisfaction improve because people are more efficient and aren’t wasting time doing meaningless tasks or redundant tasks.  You have more consistent and effective work.  And really, you can ramp up new hires or people that transfer within your organization; the amount of time that it takes to get them up to speed is reduced.  Another question I often get is..."

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Tags:  2014 Blog  Audit Process  Jim Boomer  Lean Six Sigma  Processes  Tax Process 

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Six Fundamentals for Future Success

Posted By Tom Hood, Thursday, January 22, 2015

"So fifty percent on top of that are what we call disengaged, what’s that mean?  You’re renting their time.  So they come in they give you their eight hours, then they go home and they turn…"

Tom Hood introduces six hot topics in this excerpt from his 2014 Boomer Technology Circle™ Summit keynote presentation, "Preparing for the Shift Change in Accounting."

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Tags:  2014 Summit  Business Leadership Institute  collaboration  Emerging Leaders  leadership  Talent  Tom Hood 

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