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Learn how to think differently in a VUCA world - www.blionline.org/acpa 
How do you thrive in this fast arriving future? The one thing everyone agrees on is that change is accelerating and more and more being agile and proactive is simply not enough. What if there is a better way? MACPA and BLI found one answer when we met Daniel Burrus, futurist, technologist and business guru. Dan researched what the number one skill (competency) needed for businesses in the foreseeable future. That skill is the ability to ANTICIPAT...
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Chapter Two of the Internet and Associations story will be far more profound and far more disruptive than what we experienced in Chapter One in the early 2000s.
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Who is coming? I will be there!
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Nicholas Carr was a great keynote at DigitalCPA this year. His message about the Cloud's significance to all businesses and that it can level the playing field for Small / Medium Size Businesses (SMBs). It is a great opportunity for CPAs and some risk of disruption around automation of routine tasks. The smart CPAs will be deep specialists with strategic knowledge of the client and their industry. Position yourself around those things that can't be automated is his advice to all of us. Automation forces you to focus on what is truly distinctive about what you do and what you know. I love his quote about using the computer as a tool versus just operating it which leads to his discussion about the risks of our "always on" lives and what he calls our "patience deficit". He concludes with advice on developing our abilities to go deep and reflective and not succumb to the "glass cage" of our screens 24/7. It is a world of high tech AND high touch.

I highly recommend his latest book, The Glass Cage and his earlier book, The Big Switch to get a glimpse into the future of computers and technology.
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Eight Maryland CPA firms featured on this annual Best Places to Work survey by Accounting Today!
Accounting Today released its list of the Best CPA Firms to Work For ;and we want to congratulate the Maryland firms who made the list. This annual program is part of the Best Companies Group annual employee surveys to recognize employers (in this case CPA firms nationally) that are considered the "best places to work". Accounting Today will recognize these at their upcoming Growth & Profitability Summit and in a special issue in their magazine ...
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Our own Bill Sheridan recaps presentation by Pat William on his book, Leadership Excellence - The Seven Sides of Leadership for the 21st Century
Interesting, isn’t it, how great ideas seem to repeat themselves? Your friendly neighborhood CPA Success bloggers have been talking about the future of leadership for a while now, but in pieces — a great idea here, an educated guess there, whitepapers and thought leaders and studies, oh my! Then comes along someone who pulls all of those theories together into one brilliant, 90-minute oration and connects each to the other, like pieces of a puzz...
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Webinar – Three ThinkTank Case Studies: A Structured Approach to Strategic Planning. Read more on the ThinkTank website: http://thinktank.net/webinar-three-thinktank-case-studies-a-structured-approach-to-strategic-planning/
In our next webinar, our special guests will present three case studies on how they used ThinkTank to support strategic planning.
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Daniel Burrus comes to Maryland in fifteen days!
How do you thrive in this fast arriving future? The one thing everyone agrees on is that change is accelerating and more and more being agile and proactive is simply not enough. What if there is a better way? MACPA and BLI found one answer when we met Daniel Burrus, futurist, technologist and business guru. Dan researched what the number one skill (competency) needed for businesses in the foreseeable future. That skill is the ability to ANTICIPAT...
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Dan makes some excellent points about how learning will be transformed, not changed in the next few years. mobile, social, interactive, engaging. His opening statement that "in the next five years how we market, sell, market, communicate, collaborate, innovate and educate will be transformed" is right on point. 

The CPA Profession has an industry-wide program to transform learning and continuing professional education called the future of learning project. We at the Business Learning Institute (BLI) and MACPA have been exploring new and innovative ways of transforming learning as well. 

We are working with Dan Burrus right now on creating an innovative learning program to help CPAs be "future ready" by teaching them to be anticipatory, thus the Anticipatory CPA/Finance/Accounting Professional. It will be an e-learning format with a series of single concept videos in a rapid application format with job aids and application worksheets. To learn more http://blionline.org/burrus
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My take on day 1 of Council!
Day 1 of the AICPA Council Meeting in Boston featured on the seismic pace of change facing businesses and the CPA Profession today. Driven by the Perfect Storm of three mega-trends - Technology, Demographics and Globalization, three themes emerged for me -Technology, Culture and Talent.
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Love this! The idea of connecting the dots (to your firm purpose and strategy) is so on point and well done. Congratulations!
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The pyramid structure of professional services firms is increasingly under pressure - here are 5 ideas to address it...
The pyramid is known as one of the strongest and most stable structures since the history of man. It is also the common structure for organizational hierarchies and the primary model for professional services firms, like CPA firms. Yet we are seeing signs that this "structure" is beginning to show signs of wear or even crumble. This once stable structure is increasingly coming under pressure as the 3 mega-trends of technology, generations, and g...
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  • Bryn Awel Corporation
  • RTKL Associates Inc
  • Finance Company of America
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Introduction

“The faster you go, the farther ahead you have to see.”

That is the foundation of BLI’s newest SMART tool, I2A – Insights to Action – a strategic thinking system that is used for leadership development, as well as a strategic thinking process, for CPA firms and other organizations that need to build and communicate new strategies to deal with the rapidly changing environment.

Tom is the founder and CEO of the Business Learning Institute (BLI), a center for the development of leadership skills for CPAs. He is also the CEO & executive Director of the Maryland Association of CPAs. Tom is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and consultant recognized repeatedly as one of the

Top 100 Most Influential CPAs by Accounting Today magazine. He is also a recipient of the AICPA Special Recognition Award for his contributions to the profession in leading the CPA Vision Project. It was leading the CPA Vision Project where Tom became hooked on strategic planning and facilitation.

Managing the first ever “vision” for a profession, he led the effort that involved over 3,500 CPAs in all 50 states. Since then he has facilitated almost every major national committee and CPA firms from all over the US, along with corporations and non-profits.

“A pioneer in using social media and Web 2.0 technologies in accounting, Hood has tapped his expertise to roll out one of the most extensive sets of resources in the country for helping CPAs handle the recession.”

That is what Accounting Today magazine said in their 2009 profile of Tom as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the CPA profession (for the fifth time).

Tom has taken the CPA profession by storm with his innovative uses of technology at the Maryland Association of CPAs. From the virtual world of Second Life to social media tools like Blogs, Twitter, Linked-In, and Facebook, Tom and his team at the MACPA are using these tools to communicate with students, members, and the public. Tom and his team are teaching CPAs about the power of these tools to keep them ahead of the curve in today’s rapidly changing environment. Tom and the MACPA have been featured in the Journal of Accountancy, Accounting Today magazine, Rain Today Magazine, and Accounting Web.

He was nominated by his peers to serve as the President of the CPA/SEA (CPA State executivesAssociation) for 2008 - 2009. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Shared Services, LLC and is Co-Chair of the Board of the State Societies Network, Inc. Tom is an active volunteer in the CPA Profession serving on the AICPA CPE Advisory Committee and has served on several key national committees - the AICPA Enhanced Business Reporting Committee and AICPA Special Committee on Mobility.

Hood has experience as a high level executive in industry, specifically as treasurer and CFO of Bryn Awel Corporation, a privately owned $75 million highway construction company. He is a graduate of Loyola College (B.A. in Accounting) and has a Master’s in Finance (Real Estate) from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s equivalent in Information Systems from the University of Baltimore.

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Second Life avatar name: Rocky Maddaloni

CPA Island (Second Life blog) http://www.cpaisland.com

CPA Spotlight, our daily blog www.CPASuccess.com

CPA Spotlight, our weekly podcast www.macpa.org/podcast

 Other MACPA blogs:

http://www.cpalegislativeinsider.com

www.NewCPAs.com

CPA Learning 2, a Web 2.0 playground by CPAs for CPAs
www.CPALearning2.com

Education
  • Johns Hopkins University
    M.A. Finance - Real Estate
  • University of Baltimore
    Management Information Systems
  • Loyola College (Maryland)
    B.A. Accounting, 1979 - 1982
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Association Friends – A Manifesto to Survive Disruption -- Am I a Genius...
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Chapter Two of the Internet and Associations story will be far more profound and far more disruptive than what we experienced in Chapter One

Death of the Cubicle, Facebook and Pearson Style
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With more companies transitioning from traditional cubicle environments to open offices, CLOs have to make room for change management.

IRS eases tangible property burden for small businesses
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Call it a unified victory for the profession. For weeks now, tax preparers and their clients have raised their voices with the AICPA, the MA

Record crowd descends on Annapolis for CPA Day: ‘It’s my responsibility ...
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; How big was the crowd at CPA Day in Annapolis? Big enough to spook the Statehouse security detail. As a record crowd of nearly 200 CPAs ga

Report: 2015 will be ‘tumultuous, transformational’ year — and skills ca...
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We’ve seen the trends that others are watching in 2015, but they were just an appetizer. For the CPA profession, the main course, as usual,

One last look back: Our 25 most popular posts from 2014
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We’re suckers for nostalgia here at CPA Success, so before we kick open the door to 2015, let’s take a look back our most popular posts from

Accounting Today Names Best Firms to Work For (Eight from Maryland!)
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Accounting Today released its list of the Best CPA Firms to Work For ;and we want to congratulate the Maryland firms who made the list. This

Want to lead? You’ll need these 7 keys
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Interesting, isn’t it, how great ideas seem to repeat themselves? Your friendly neighborhood CPA Success bloggers have been talking about th

How to rebuiid your pyramid
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The pyramid is known as one of the strongest and most stable structures since the history of man. It is also the common structure for organi

My Top 10 Tools for Learning
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I am a fan of Jane Hart and her annual survey for the Top 100 learning tools got me thinking about our L>C2. In this world of rapid change a

A brand is a promise, what's yours? | Tom Hood, CPA,CITP,CGMA | LinkedIn
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"People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do what you do." - Simon SinekAs a "for purpose" executive (versus a not-for-profit executiv

The Secrets to Surviving Your First Job | LinkedIn
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Graduating college can be an exciting time, but it can also be incredibly scary. What city are you going to live in? Are you going to be abl