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Introduction to Algorithms

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 04, 2016

Part 5 of 10. Dr. Wesch gives some historical perspective to the use of algorithms by companies such as Google and Facebook. 6 minutes.

Computers armed with big data and complex algorithms are quickly enveloping areas of expertise that were once the sole domain of human experts; writing articles, trading stocks, making music, making complex medical diagnoses, and of course, doing our taxes.

In this new environment we must not just provide our clients with conventional routine expertise, but also with our creative and adaptive expertise - the capacities we have developed to address novel, messy, complex problems that are frequently encountered in the real world.

As a keynote speaker at the 2015 Boomer Technology Circles™ Summit in Kansas City, Dr. Michael Wesch describes the key elements that will allow us to make our way toward adaptive expertise, and how to bring this expertise to clients.  Following are ten excerpts that can be accessed by our members in the “Videos for All Circle Members” group blog (you must be signed in).  Titles below will be hyperlinked as they are released to a public area during the upcoming months.

  1. You Need to Stop. Dr. Wesch outlines his presentation and warns the audience that they're about to lose their jobs to Algorithms. 3 minutes.

  2. A Great Way to Learn About Technology. Dr. Wesch starts a humorous narrative explaining how living in a land that has no technology taught him about technology. 5 minutes.

  3. Feeling Safe to Fail. Dr. Wesch tells a touching story to introduce the concept of Adaptive Expertise. 3 minutes.

  4. Nurture or Keep in the Box. Dr. Wesch recounts the inspirational story of former BBC broadcaster Peter White to demonstrate how nurturing and learning environments influence whether we excel at routine or adaptive expertise. 5 minutes.

  5. Introduction to Algorithms. Dr. Wesch gives some historical perspective to the use of algorithms by companies such as Google and Facebook. 6 minutes.

  6. How Algorithms Are Used, Pt. 1. Dr. Wesch provides fascinating examples from sciences and arts to prove that algorithms are already outperforming humans in many tasks that require routine expertise. 6 minutes.

  7. How Algorithms Are Used, Pt. 2. Dr. Wesch provides additional examples from sciences and arts to prove that algorithms are already outperforming humans in many tasks that require routine expertise. 6 minutes.

  8. The Future of Accounting. Dr. Wesch summarizes what many experts in the profession are predicting and warns that disruption is on the way. 4 minutes.

  9. Fostering an Adaptive Expertise Environment. Dr. Wesch offers his prescription to make meaningful change. 3 minutes.

  10. Adaptive Expertise at Work. Dr. Wesch concludes his presentation with a moving tribute to the unique ability of humans to excel in the realm of adaptive expertise. 5 minutes.

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Nurture or Keep in the Box

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 28, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Part 4 of 10. Dr. Wesch recounts the inspirational story of former BBC broadcaster Peter White to demonstrate how nurturing and learning environments influence whether we excel at routine or adaptive expertise. 5 minutes.

Computers armed with big data and complex algorithms are quickly enveloping areas of expertise that were once the sole domain of human experts; writing articles, trading stocks, making music, making complex medical diagnoses, and of course, doing our taxes.

In this new environment we must not just provide our clients with conventional routine expertise, but also with our creative and adaptive expertise - the capacities we have developed to address novel, messy, complex problems that are frequently encountered in the real world.

As a keynote speaker at the 2015 Boomer Technology Circles™ Summit in Kansas City, Dr. Michael Wesch describes the key elements that will allow us to make our way toward adaptive expertise, and how to bring this expertise to clients.  Following are ten excerpts that can be accessed by our members in the “Videos for All Circle Members” group blog (you must be signed in).  Titles below will be hyperlinked as they are released to a public area during the upcoming months.

  1. You Need to Stop. Dr. Wesch outlines his presentation and warns the audience that they're about to lose their jobs to Algorithms. 3 minutes.

  2. A Great Way to Learn About Technology. Dr. Wesch starts a humorous narrative explaining how living in a land that has no technology taught him about technology. 5 minutes.

  3. Feeling Safe to Fail. Dr. Wesch tells a touching story to introduce the concept of Adaptive Expertise. 3 minutes.

  4. Nurture or Keep in the Box. Dr. Wesch recounts the inspirational story of former BBC broadcaster Peter White to demonstrate how nurturing and learning environments influence whether we excel at routine or adaptive expertise. 5 minutes.

  5. Introduction to Algorithms. Dr. Wesch gives some historical perspective to the use of algorithms by companies such as Google and Facebook. 6 minutes.

  6. How Algorithms Are Used, Pt. 1. Dr. Wesch provides fascinating examples from sciences and arts to prove that algorithms are already outperforming humans in many tasks that require routine expertise. 6 minutes.

  7. How Algorithms Are Used, Pt. 2. Dr. Wesch provides additional examples from sciences and arts to prove that algorithms are already outperforming humans in many tasks that require routine expertise. 6 minutes.

  8. The Future of Accounting. Dr. Wesch summarizes what many experts in the profession are predicting and warns that disruption is on the way. 4 minutes.

  9. Fostering an Adaptive Expertise Environment. Dr. Wesch offers his prescription to make meaningful change. 3 minutes.

  10. Adaptive Expertise at Work. Dr. Wesch concludes his presentation with a moving tribute to the unique ability of humans to excel in the realm of adaptive expertise. 5 minutes.

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Feeling Safe to Fail

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 22, 2016

Part 3 of 10. Dr. Wesch tells a touching story to introduce the concept of Adaptive Expertise. 3 minutes.

Computers armed with big data and complex algorithms are quickly enveloping areas of expertise that were once the sole domain of human experts; writing articles, trading stocks, making music, making complex medical diagnoses, and of course, doing our taxes.

In this new environment we must not just provide our clients with conventional routine expertise, but also with our creative and adaptive expertise - the capacities we have developed to address novel, messy, complex problems that are frequently encountered in the real world.

As a keynote speaker at the 2015 Boomer Technology Circles™ Summit in Kansas City, Dr. Michael Wesch describes the key elements that will allow us to make our way toward adaptive expertise, and how to bring this expertise to clients.  Following are ten excerpts that can be accessed by our members in the “Videos for All Circle Members” group blog (you must be signed in).  Titles below will be hyperlinked as they are released to a public area during the upcoming months.

  1. You Need to Stop. Dr. Wesch outlines his presentation and warns the audience that they're about to lose their jobs to Algorithms. 3 minutes.

  2. A Great Way to Learn About Technology. Dr. Wesch starts a humorous narrative explaining how living in a land that has no technology taught him about technology. 5 minutes.

  3. Feeling Safe to Fail. Dr. Wesch tells a touching story to introduce the concept of Adaptive Expertise. 3 minutes.

  4. Nurture or Keep in the Box. Dr. Wesch recounts the inspirational story of former BBC broadcaster Peter White to demonstrate how nurturing and learning environments influence whether we excel at routine or adaptive expertise. 5 minutes.

  5. Introduction to Algorithms. Dr. Wesch gives some historical perspective to the use of algorithms by companies such as Google and Facebook. 6 minutes.

  6. How Algorithms Are Used, Pt. 1. Dr. Wesch provides fascinating examples from sciences and arts to prove that algorithms are already outperforming humans in many tasks that require routine expertise. 6 minutes.

  7. How Algorithms Are Used, Pt. 2. Dr. Wesch provides additional examples from sciences and arts to prove that algorithms are already outperforming humans in many tasks that require routine expertise. 6 minutes.

  8. The Future of Accounting. Dr. Wesch summarizes what many experts in the profession are predicting and warns that disruption is on the way. 4 minutes.

  9. Fostering an Adaptive Expertise Environment. Dr. Wesch offers his prescription to make meaningful change. 3 minutes.

  10. Adaptive Expertise at Work. Dr. Wesch concludes his presentation with a moving tribute to the unique ability of humans to excel in the realm of adaptive expertise. 5 minutes.

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A Great Way to Learn About Technology

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Computers armed with big data and complex algorithms are quickly enveloping areas of expertise that were once the sole domain of human experts; writing articles, trading stocks, making music, making complex medical diagnoses, and of course, doing our taxes.

In this new environment we must not just provide our clients with conventional routine expertise, but also with our creative and adaptive expertise - the capacities we have developed to address novel, messy, complex problems that are frequently encountered in the real world.

As a keynote speaker at the 2015 Boomer Technology Circles™ Summit in Kansas City, Dr. Michael Wesch describes the key elements that will allow us to make our way toward adaptive expertise, and how to bring this expertise to clients.  Following are ten excerpts that can be accessed by our members in the “Videos for All Circle Members” group blog (you must be signed in).  Titles below will be hyperlinked as they are released to a public area during the upcoming months.

  1. You Need to Stop. Dr. Wesch outlines his presentation and warns the audience that they're about to lose their jobs to Algorithms. 3 minutes.

  2. A Great Way to Learn About Technology. Dr. Wesch starts a humorous narrative explaining how living in a land that has no technology taught him about technology. 5 minutes.

  3. Feeling Safe to Fail. Dr. Wesch tells a touching story to introduce the concept of Adaptive Expertise. 3 minutes.

  4. Nurture or Keep in the Box. Dr. Wesch recounts the inspirational story of former BBC broadcaster Peter White to demonstrate how nurturing and learning environments influence whether we excel at routine or adaptive expertise. 5 minutes.

  5. Introduction to Algorithms. Dr. Wesch gives some historical perspective to the use of algorithms by companies such as Google and Facebook. 6 minutes.

  6. How Algorithms Are Used, Pt. 1. Dr. Wesch provides fascinating examples from sciences and arts to prove that algorithms are already outperforming humans in many tasks that require routine expertise. 6 minutes.

  7. How Algorithms Are Used, Pt. 2. Dr. Wesch provides additional examples from sciences and arts to prove that algorithms are already outperforming humans in many tasks that require routine expertise. 6 minutes.

  8. The Future of Accounting. Dr. Wesch summarizes what many experts in the profession are predicting and warns that disruption is on the way. 4 minutes.

  9. Fostering an Adaptive Expertise Environment. Dr. Wesch offers his prescription to make meaningful change. 3 minutes.

  10. Adaptive Expertise at Work. Dr. Wesch concludes his presentation with a moving tribute to the unique ability of humans to excel in the realm of adaptive expertise. 5 minutes.

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You Need to Stop

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Computers armed with big data and complex algorithms are quickly enveloping areas of expertise that were once the sole domain of human experts; writing articles, trading stocks, making music, making complex medical diagnoses, and of course, doing our taxes.

In this new environment we must not just provide our clients with conventional routine expertise, but also with our creative and adaptive expertise - the capacities we have developed to address novel, messy, complex problems that are frequently encountered in the real world.

As a keynote speaker at the 2015 Boomer Technology Circles™ Summit in Kansas City, Dr. Michael Wesch describes the key elements that will allow us to make our way toward adaptive expertise, and how to bring this expertise to clients.  Following are ten excerpts that can be accessed by our members in the “Videos for All Circle Members” group blog (you must be signed in).  Titles below will be hyperlinked as they are released to a public area during the upcoming months.

  1. You Need to Stop. Dr. Wesch outlines his presentation and warns the audience that they're about to lose their jobs to Algorithms. 3 minutes.

  2. A Great Way to Learn About Technology. Dr. Wesch starts a humorous narrative explaining how living in a land that has no technology taught him about technology. 5 minutes.

  3. Feeling Safe to Fail. Dr. Wesch tells a touching story to introduce the concept of Adaptive Expertise. 3 minutes.

  4. Nurture or Keep in the Box. Dr. Wesch recounts the inspirational story of former BBC broadcaster Peter White to demonstrate how nurturing and learning environments influence whether we excel at routine or adaptive expertise. 5 minutes.

  5. Introduction to Algorithms. Dr. Wesch gives some historical perspective to the use of algorithms by companies such as Google and Facebook. 6 minutes.

  6. How Algorithms Are Used, Pt. 1. Dr. Wesch provides fascinating examples from sciences and arts to prove that algorithms are already outperforming humans in many tasks that require routine expertise. 6 minutes.

  7. How Algorithms Are Used, Pt. 2. Dr. Wesch provides additional examples from sciences and arts to prove that algorithms are already outperforming humans in many tasks that require routine expertise. 6 minutes.

  8. The Future of Accounting. Dr. Wesch summarizes what many experts in the profession are predicting and warns that disruption is on the way. 4 minutes.

  9. Fostering an Adaptive Expertise Environment. Dr. Wesch offers his prescription to make meaningful change. 3 minutes.

  10. Adaptive Expertise at Work. Dr. Wesch concludes his presentation with a moving tribute to the unique ability of humans to excel in the realm of adaptive expertise. 5 minutes.

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Holiday Greetings!

Posted By Scott Morrill, Thursday, December 24, 2015
Updated: Thursday, December 17, 2015

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Six Rewards that Will Motivate Your Team

Posted By Arianna Campbell, Thursday, December 17, 2015

"Morale building strategies increase employee engagement which results in more productivity, increased job satisfaction, higher employee retention and ultimately higher revenue."

Arianna Campbell describes six ideas that can help your team thrive, even under pressure.

3 minutes

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Beware of These Five Traps

Posted By Jim Boomer, Friday, December 04, 2015

"So I encourage you to combat these five traps and make sure that you're reaching out to your peers within the profession; and that you’re also thinking outside the box and looking outside of the profession to see if there are new and innovative ways of doing things. After all, we’re all running a business, whether it's a CPA firm or any other type..."

Jim Boomer warns against falling into five traps when thinking about your technology.

3 minutes

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Sandra Has a New Book!

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 19, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

In the past few years, employees lucky enough to find interesting work with a growing firm have been challenged by the escalating number of hours they must work in order to accomplish the tasks they have been assigned. This increase in number of hours is mostly due to the fact that there are less experienced people to do the same amount of work—or more—than ever before.

Mergers and acquisitions, along with organic growth, are on the upswing. Acquisition of experienced staff is on the decline. These two factors working in concert together produced a perfect storm for creating the war on talent that our profession is right in the middle of today. An ever-increasing strategy, and in some people’s minds, a buzzword, to combat this war to retain and motivate our team is employee engagement.

Employees in our profession typically spend anywhere from 2,080 to 2,500 hours at work every year. Because this is more time than they spend with their families, we must admit to ourselves that engagement should be a very important strategy in any firm of any size.

In a recent Gallup poll, it is reported that only 13 percent of employees worldwide are engaged at work, a pretty paltry number by anyone’s standards. In that same report, definitions are given of the types of employees in today’s workforce. They are as follows:

  • Engaged employees—Those who work with passion and feel a profound connection to their company. They drive innovation and move the organization forward.
  • Non-Engaged—Those who are essentially “checked out.” They’re sleepwalking through their workday, putting time—but not energy or passion—into their work.
  • Actively Disengaged—Those who are not just unhappy at work; they are busy acting out their unhappiness every day. These workers undermine what their engaged coworkers accomplish.

The challenge is that we don’t really think deeply about what employee engagement is, why it is so important, or where to start in the strategic development of engagement to improve firm culture. What we do understand is that we need and want our emerging leaders to make the choice to stay with the firm. The keys to making that choice are in retention and motivation. Employee retention is accomplished by creating strategies to keep the best and the brightest. It is the ability to connect the firm’s needs with the passion of the individual. Firm leaders must put the time into identifying the unique abilities (and personal desires) of each person and then develop strategies to allow individuals to practice those abilities. Motivating employees is accomplished by creating strategies to ensure each person is inspired to use his or her internal drive to take action and feel emotionally fulfilled. Oh, and by the way, the firm leaders need to ensure this is done with a limited amount of time and dollars to invest.

Top-performing firms recognize that employee engagement can drive business outcomes. The theory that engaged employees are more productive, more profitable, more client-focused, and more likely to stay is a powerful message that firm leaders are interested in hearing more about. Highly engaged firms will grow faster, adapt quicker, and innovate more. Firms won’t just benefit from employee engagement; they will come to depend on it over time.

Read Sandra’s new book, The Engaged Employee, to learn 10 initiatives that your firm can put into place now to ensure that you will have the best chance at retaining the best and the brightest.

Tags:  2015  Blog  culture  recruiting  Retention 

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Cloud Learning or Face-to-Face?

Posted By Tom Hood, Thursday, November 12, 2015

"So we’re seeing them kind of change the mix of how they're doing it. Will face-to-face ever go away? I don't think so. We're all humans; that still is the most effective training there is. But I think you can leverage it now and say, what would be the best impact, with my team in person, and what stuff could they actually learn on their own?"

Tom Hood answers questions from the audience in this 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.

2 minutes

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