In mid-May I had the pleasure of meeting and listening to John Henry Livingston at a AAA meeting. No, not the automotive AAA, but rather, the Association for Accounting Administration. If any of us in this meeting had encountered an unfortunate flat tire in the parking lot, rest assured, we would have called the automotive AAA and not the accounting AAA. Easy decision.
This particular meeting was at the Ohio Society of CPAs where we also had really good fruit muffins (and it’s happened there before, folks). Livingston’s topic on this glorious fruit muffin-eating day was titled “The IT Factor: Building Team Chemistry.” There’s a load that could be said about the session, but I simply offer these snippets that I feverishly scrawled amidst the muffin crumbs. Let John Henry Livingston’s valuable bits ‘n bobs serve as fuel for thought at your public accounting firm, your place of business, or simply inside your own head as you drive or take the train home at the end of the day.
You operate in a world in which solutions are required
You want to create a demand on how you think
Challenge yourself to grow
Have solutions that not everyone else has
Elevate your game
Develop the ability to handle the unexpected
Enable the ability to give birth to great visions
Recognize things that are right in front of you
Look at how you do things every day … differently
Everything you need to succeed, you already have
We are not out to prove a point – we are here to point you in the right direction
What are you looking for? How you start each day has a lot to do with how that day ends
Don’t assume that when people come to work they “get it”
Create change, achieve balance, focus on you
Every day you have an opportunity to be the best there is
If you’re excited about discovery, the work environment benefits
Develop the razor-sharp tools that you need to attack your goals and let your mind breathe
Go into the “unknown” and be dedicated to getting there
Pretty darned good stuff, huh? I challenge you to give this list the thought and contemplation it deserves. It’s rattled around in my head during more than one mow of the yard, let me tell ‘ya.
Now, more about AAA, which has nearly 1,000 members in North America. The organization’s 2014 National Practice Management Conference is coming up in a few days. Titled “Catch a wAAAve,” the gathering is aptly named since it’s taking place in San Diego. I won’t be at the conference, but our own Sarah Johnson Dobek will be there delivering a hearty session called “Build Your Recruiting Pipeline.” Hopefully you can catch this wave.