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Reminds me of our work with Daniel Burrus who said, "In the next five years we will transform how we market, sell, communicate, train, and educate." Yes that is transform, not change and certainly not change incrementally. It is what continues to drive us to work on helping CPAs, accountants and finance professionals be "future ready" and learn to become anticipatory.  Are we exaggerating this, what do you think?

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Who would think that a robot can actually make us more human?

We got our robot this past year and many were skeptical about its actual usefulness in a work environment. Our experience is like the article's the use of the robot actually creates a "telepresence" unlike other conference or even video interactions with remote workers. We are also using it to "beam" in our sponsors and to attend trade shows and conferences remotely. The article captures it right - it allows for more interaction and flexibility in connecting people. 

Come see for yourself and drive one at MACPA-BLI CPA Summit next Tuesday www.blionline.org/cpa-summit;

Imagine a world where a robotic workforce doesn't take our jobs, but instead allows us more flexibility and interaction.
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Key traits of high-performing managers - WWGD - insights from Google's Project Oxygen.

"The key behaviors primarily describe leaders of small and medium-sized groups and teams and are especially relevant to first- and second-level managers. They involve developing and motivating direct reports, as well as communicating strategy and eliminating roadblocks—all vital activities that people tend to overlook in the press of their day-to-day responsibilities."

See Google VP, Ari Balogh at our upcoming Innovation Summit http://blionline.org/cpa-summit/
Key traits of high-performing managers - WWGD - insights from Google's Project Oxygen. "The key behaviors primarily describe leaders of small and medium-sized groups and teams and are especially relevant to first- and second-level managers. They involve developing and motivating direct reports, as well as communicating strategy and eliminating roadblocks—all vital activities that people tend to overlook in the press of their day-to-day responsib...
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The biggest hard trend of the exponential growth of technology creates a tremendous opportunity for SMBs today and plenty of CPAs and firms are ready to help. Jim Cashin of McGladrey talks about it in this piece...More middle-market companies are considering outsourcing some, if not all, components of their finance organization to quality firms in order to take advantage of more streamlined technology platforms, skill sets and business processes, and to leverage these components for real-time information for business decisions. Additional benefits include a reduction in accounts payables costs, improved efficiency through process automation, and more time for executives to focus on strengthening their business, versus spending time on administrative work. #DigitalCPA
More middle-market companies are considering outsourcing some, if not all, components of their finance organization. Here are five signs it may be time to consider outsourcing for your company's accounting platform.
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Research says that we can thrive from traumatic change as much as we can be setback from it. More and more we find ourselves in the midst of transformation in this VUCA world. This article gives some great perspectives on this. Love this graphic! Enjoy!“Many people in organizations find that change provides both challenges and opportunities, but often the negative part can overshadow the positive outcome at the other side of the change moment. And yet, change is a constant, in both life and work. How can we learn to navigate the emotions change brings up more positively, so that growth can be the outcome?” Tim continues, “Change is growth, it is never meant to take us down. Companionship enables us to handle change far better.”

Want to learn about thriving in the "shift change" join us on June 23rd at the MACPA / BLI Innovation Summit http://blionline.org/cpa-summit/ #MDSUMMIT15
“Many people in organizations find that change provides both challenges and opportunities, but often the negative part can overshadow the positive outcome at the other side of the change moment. And yet, change is a constant, in both life and work. How can we learn to navigate the emotions change brings up more positively, so that growth can be the outcome?” Tim continues, “Change is growth, it is never meant to take us down. Companionship enable...
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Just getting back from AICPA Spring Council where a panel of young professionals spoke candidly about what they want in a career and it was remarkably similar to this article in FastCompany."You do know that we are in high demand", Tanyeka Alexander said on a recent panel of young professionals. "And if you don't give us what we want, someone else will."Check out these "new rules" of work:1) WORK CAN HAPPEN WHEREVER YOU ARE, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.2) YOU’RE ON CALL 24-7.3) YOU GO FROM GIG TO GIG, PROJECT TO PROJECT.4) FOR BETTER OR WORSE THE LINE BETWEEN WORK AND LIFE IS ALMOST ENTIRELY DISAPPEARING.5) YOU WORK BECAUSE YOU’RE "PASSIONATE" ABOUT A "MOVEMENT" OR A "CAUSE"—YOU HAVE TO "LOVE WHAT YOU DO."These are the new rules of the new world of work in what we call the Shift Change. Learn how to navigate the "shift change" at the CPA Summit - Accounting - Innovation - Leadership on June 23rd Live and webcast - details and registration.
Forget everything you've always known about work. The rules have changed.
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Great article and I met Marina at the DigitalNow Conference in 2014 in Nashville.

The march of digital disruption continues even to the "higher skilled professions" like accountants. "While some of the platforms do not require high skill levels or provide high pay, increasingly this new mode of working is expanding to higher skilled occupations, e.g. accountants, doctors, financial planners, and others. It is precisely the flexibility and accessibility of the new work styles that make them so attractive to so many people."

and her closing point puts the exclamation mark on it, "Today we have a choice: we can be thrown into the new world of work as castaways, naked, dazed, and ill-equipped to cope with the new hostile landscape. Or we can arrive as enlightened immigrants, open to the new opportunities and ready to learn the new culture."
by Marina Gorbis and Devin Fidler, Institute for the Future. Following the Second World War, the anthropologist Margaret Mead famously wrote, "All of us who grew up before the war are immigrants in time, immigrants from an earlier world, living in an age essentially different from anything we kne...
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The skills gap is widening and the War for Talent is escalating. That is what we are seeing across the profession and it is ultimately up to employers to decide to do something about it.

"Business leaders often lament skill gaps, and we believe demand will continue to exceed the supply of candidates who have an analytical mindset, technical skills, and a foundation for leadership.
So while skills in data analytics will be desired, we believe broader business acumen, global awareness, relationship skills, and leadership abilities will be just as coveted." - PWC report Data Driven, What students need to succeed in a rapidly changing business world

Our approach is the 4 C's: Competencies (skills), Career Path (and job levels), Curriculum (Content mapped to Career Path & Competency), and Cloud-enabled learning including blended, nano, e-learning, etc. Contact us at www.blionlineorg.
A new era of business is dawning as organizations look for finance staff—from the C-suite to entry-level—with a broader mix of competencies that include the application of financial disciplines in the management of the business. Employers are looking for finance professionals with management accounting skills, business skills and the potential...
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"The facts are these: associations will be tested by changes in the digital marketplace and through other forms of business disruption. They must challenge their members and leaders to tackle these changes head on—to absorb the insights of experts and futurists within their fields and outside, and not to rely on, but consistently work to enhance the value they bring to their networks."Great post about competition and associations and reinforces our notion that we (Maryland Association of CPAs) need to serve as the lookout post, the harbingers of the future for our members and our Profession. It is why we have invested in the work of a leading futurist, Daniel Burrus to create the Anticipatory Organization: Accounting & Finance Edition, and why we host our annual Innovation Summit to bring together the companies leading the transformation of accounting (Sage, XERO, Wolters Kluwer, Sharefile, CPA.COM, Tallie and others).  And why we have one of the top executives at Google talking to us about disruption and opportunity. 
 Right now there are innovators in Silicon Valley building apps that will capture membership to create frictionless, renewable revenue for their organizations. It is a threat all association leaders should take seriously. Some of these savvy innovators are household names—LinkedIn, Facebook, and Meetup—and there are hundreds of others, lesser known or unknown players, tomorrow’s biggest names in tech.CEOs of the most respected professional societ...
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Attention employers and CFOs - The Court referred back to the common law of trusts, “which provides that a trustee has a continuing duty – separate and apart from the duty to exercise prudence in selecting investments at the outset – to monitor, and remove imprudent, trust investments.”

Wise advice: "Keep a close eye on your recommended fund lineups and review your contracts with plan sponsors." and I would add make sure you know the quality of your auditor of these plans given the DOL's recent report about to be issued.
the common law of trusts, “which provides that a trustee has a continuing duty – separate and apart from the duty to exercise prudence in selecting investments at the outset – to monitor, and remove imprudent, trust investments.” the common law of trusts, “which provides that a trustee has a continuing duty – separate and apart from the duty to exercise prudence in selecting investments at the outset – to monitor, and remove imprudent, trust inve...
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WWGD if they were a CPA? Find out on June 23rd at the Innovation Summit http://blionline.org/cpa-summit/
You might have seen the iconic rubber wrist bands with the letters WWGD. Or read the book, What Would Google Do by Jeff Jarvis. Pictured at left is the Linear versus Exponential Growth Curve by Singularity University and Evolution partners in Australia. That acronym, WWGD, has become the mantra of people and organizations trying to make sense of this rapidly changing and complex world. To many it means the infamous Google 20% time for innovation,...
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80% of Top Company CEOs are actively using social media - wonder what that ratio is for CPA Firm leaders?I know a few who are doing it right but most are absent or worse just blatantly marketing...Research has shown that executives with social CEOs say their CEOs’ social media presence makes them feel inspired (52%), technologically advanced (46%), and proud (41%). Sociability shows that a leader is listening, open to engaging in two-way dialogue with stakeholders, and comfortable with change. And in today’s battle for talent, social CEOs also help to attract and retain employees.And check out their five tips for social engagement.
Research has shown that executives with social CEOs say their CEOs’ social media presence makes them feel inspired (52%), technologically advanced (46%), and proud (41%). Sociability shows that a leader is listening, open to engaging in two-way dialogue with stakeholders, and comfortable with change. And in today’s battle for talent, social CEOs also help to attract and retain employees.
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