Inspired Ideas

5 Strategies to Slow Down

Shortly after high school graduation (many moons ago), I moved from my hometown in Omaha, Nebraska to the “Wild West.” I was hypnotized by the towering mountains, the “lost” lakes, and the ever-steady pace of the Cowboy way. I rushed out to register for college courses, join clubs, find a job, meet new people, and […]
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18 Ideas To Become More Focused in 2018

Welcome, 2018! The start of a new year brings with it a fresh perspective. A chance to center yourself and refocus your priorities. At the close of 2017, my colleague Tamera Loerzel and I taught a webinar for a client on effectively managing time and priorities. Like many other personal productivity and success strategies, time […]
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The Miracle of the Season

Lights sparkling on houses and street corners. Candles burning in windows and on the mantle. Gifts creating anticipation for the young and not so young. I think the magic of the holiday season sparks a little more excitement and wonder and gives us an opportunity to reflect on our many blessings as we close another […]
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Moving from Scarcity to Abundance

When I think of abundance, I see my father’s garden in the Springtime.  Fruits and vegetables that I helped plant before the ground was cold and crusty that mature and fill with color and new life.  Scarcity in the garden is an invisible quality.  The garden is a metaphor for how life works in creating […]
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Give Up These (BAD) Verbal Habits!

Communication continually comes up in employee surveys as a top area firms can improve and it’s often an area that leaders can improve individually, too. When we coach leaders in our leadership development programs and individual coaching programs, we often identify sneaky and unempowering verbal habits that, when addressed, can dramatically improve how others perceive […]
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Count Your Many Blessings

“The secret to having it all is knowing that you already do.” – Unknown This year’s hurricanes, floods, fires, and mass shootings have been a sobering reminder of how easily lives can be impacted and changed.  Thanksgiving provides each of us an opportunity to take stock and recognize that we are so very blessed — […]
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Empower Your People with Dress For Your Day (DFYD)

The look and feel of our workplaces are changing. With more firms adopting flexible work policies, many are now adopting more casual dress codes as well. This year, we’ve seen the emergence of the “dress for your day” (DFYD) policy – where employees are allowed to choose what they wear to work each day based […]
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Pull Your Projects out of the Black Hole

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over…” ~ Steve Maraboli Do you ever feel like your projects have fallen into a black hole? You might be delegating them to a particular person, or putting a return “in the drawer”, or empowering a team […]
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My Biggest Cheerleader – My Dad

My Dad passed away this Labor Day after a long battle with prostate cancer. My stepmom, Diane, asked me to give his eulogy and as I reflected on what to say, I realized that my Dad was one of my biggest cheerleaders in life. I think we all can use more cheerleaders in our corner, […]
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I’m Not Getting Older, I’m Getting Faster

It’s my birthday today, which is always a wonderful time for reflection.  As I “age up,” I renew my commitment to undertake behaviors that will allow me to be Younger Next Year – the title of a great book that I recommend to all.  As a runner, you’re said to lose a little time on […]
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Three Keys To A Safe And Inclusive Environment

I’m confronted by the major news story centered around a senior leader who engaged in unacceptable behaviors across two decades. It’s resulted in a cascade of additional victims sharing their own experiences with the same type of bad behavior – some directly related to the organization in question and others related to their own experiences […]
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CPA Firm Practice Economics – 5 Key Levers

CPA firms are simple and complex at the same time. Simple because they consist primarily of people – the clients and the professionals. Granted, firms also require workspace and technology to operate, grow and succeed, but people are the primary value drivers. CPA firms are also complex for the same reason they are simple:  because […]
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Three Keys to Being Your True Self

I have recently moved from student to teacher in the culmination of years of dreaming and hard work.  In my first-ever semester as an adjunct professor for my alma mater, Franklin Pierce University, I have managed some nerves while balancing a lot of excitement. I have envisioned how each week will play out, how the […]
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Four Steps to Faster People Development

“Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it.” — Henry Mintzberg With the Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) retiring at a clip of 10,000 per day, the skills transfer necessary to get the next generation ready to take over the reins is monumental. Most leaders have a limited amount of time available […]
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Stop Telling Us To Put Our Phones Away!

I once went an entire week without my cell phone. I was one hour into a 9-hour drive to the mountains with my family when I realized I had left my phone at home. My mom so graciously offered to turn our car around so that I could retrieve it, but the idea of delaying […]
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Everyday Heroes

Such devastation. The September 11 terrorist attack on our nation. The impact of hurricane Irma in Florida and the southeast. The mayhem left behind by hurricane Harvey in Texas. As we’ve prayed about these events this week, we have also been praying for my partner, and long-time bestie, Tamera Loerzel, as she and her family […]
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Three Ways to Better Appeal to the NextGen Client

“As a company, you need to get to the future first, ahead of your customers, and be ready to greet them when they arrive.” – Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce Your client base is changing. At least it should be to sustain your firm into the future. That’s because by 2025, Millennials will make up […]
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Invest in Your People with Intentionality

I have recently started tuning out the noise of the political discourse when watching the evening news clips. I find myself asking how we got here and in turn how we have an educated, successful business man elected as president, who does not seem to relate to the people of our great country. I can’t […]
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Succession is EVERYWHERE – Even in a Disney Movie!

Earlier this summer, I thought I’d take a little break from all my spring travel by enjoying a Disney movie with my son. I thought I would get a reprieve from all the discussions around succession planning, current leaders struggling to let go and future leaders yearning to be empowered to drive new change in […]
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Assigning Ownership Accelerates Your People Development

With so much transition and retirement happening in public accounting, people development is a hot topic. Firms are wondering what they can do to accelerate their team member’s learning and get them ready faster, and are creating innovative new training programs to do so. But there’s a missing component in our dotted line environment, where […]
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