Most readers of my column are entering their busy season. So many might not read all my columns in the next 10 weeks, and some will not read one until April 17. So those readers won’t miss anything, I have a Cliff’s Notes-type summary -- (the title and a sentence) of 10 possible columns.

  1. What You Don’t Know Will Hurt Your Firm -- Knowledge sharing doesn’t require a chief knowledge officer at your firm. For more on the subject, go to http://www.webcpa.com/article.cfm?articleid=14079.
  2. The Faster, The Better? -- If you find yourself rushing to get something done, I guarantee there will be mistakes, some serious.
  3. Too Few Mentors? Try Reverse Mentoring -- If you think you have difficulty finding a mentor, who is your managing partner’s mentor? For more on the subject, go to http://www.webcpa.com/article.cfm?articleid=10181
  4. Respond, Don’t React -- When you are working and start to feel the pressure and panic building, stop what you are doing, as you are no longer thinking.
  5. We Got Our Brand, You’re Earning Too Much--Successful marketers need to recreate themselves periodically, and change their focus from marketing to business development, to staff recruiting and retention, to internal firm communication, and then … .
  6. The Very Last Thing That You Do -- Try to write (or at least re-evaluate) your e-mail subject line after you have completed writing the text, as only then do you know what the e-mail is really about. For more on the subject, go to http://www.webcpa.com/article.cfm?articleid=14484,  and www.webcpa.com/article.cfm?articleid=14046.
  7. Life/Work Balance Begins At Home -- Don’t rely on your firm to provide a better life/work balance for you. For more on the subject, go to http://www.webcpa.com/article.cfm?articleid=22521.
  8. Ask a Tax Staff Member, Too -- Don’t rely solely on the executive committee’s okay of the ads showing your firm’s tax expertise, as she or he might be thinking about that cost segregation proposal that needs to get done.
  9. The Renaissance Man -- Those who think “technology expert,” when Gary Boomer’s name is mentioned don’t really know him, or the width and breath of his expertise and knowledge. For more on the subject, go to http://www.boomer.com/
  10. Relationship Building -- Have a qualified professional teach staff members to play Cranium, a game that relies upon, and encourages, relationship building. By the way, I will be on vacation in Las Vegas that week, so Alexandra DeFelice, my colleague at Accounting Technology, came up with the idea for this column and is writing it. For a description of how Cranium is played, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cranium_(board_game).

For those who won’t be reading my columns until spring, one last request: Smell the flowers before you begin reading.

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