A Little Thing That Makes a Big Difference
March 4, 2022

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with us … we are in charge of our attitude.” – Chuck Swindoll

I’m proud to work with a team of people who try to approach their work with a positive attitude in everything they do. At ParenteBeard, our core set of values – our COMPASS – guides our firm culture. We recognize our team members who exemplify these values and serve as role models for all of us. Recently, a team member who was nominated for a COMPASS Award sent me the above quote in response to her nomination, citing it as a source of inspiration for how she approaches not only her work, but life in general.

It’s emails like this and the interactions I have every day with team members that reinforce why I wake up each morning excited to push myself as the leader of the firm. Surprisingly, it’s the positive attitudes we bring every day that form the basis of the firm’s COMPASS values – not the other way around.

Tomorrow on your way in to work, consider a more positive attitude. A little change in your attitude can make an amazingly big difference in the entire culture of your workplace. Let me know how it changes your perspective, as well as that of those around you.

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November 19, 2021

Resilience. Fortitude. Community. Perseverance.  After Hurricane Sandy tore through the northeast, leaving unfathomable destruction in its wake, these are the words that repeatedly come to my mind. It has been over two weeks since this horrific storm and still the amount of damage is impossible to comprehend. Thousands are yet without the basics- electricity, food and water- and worse, many have lost loved ones.

The concept of community and perseverance continues to strike me as I watch our country put aside differences and come together to support relief efforts from small and local to national endeavors.  It’s difficult times like these when the resilience, fortitude and true sense of kinship within our country shines brightest. Rebuilding efforts will unquestionably be massive. But that won’t deter the people of our communities. It will only bring us closer and make us stronger.

Many members of our ParenteBeard family live and work in some of the areas hardest hit, so we were eager to join in to help our coworkers as well as all those affected in the region we call home. Last Tuesday, we began our Forget-Me-Knot fundraising campaign. Our firm will match the amount raised by our team members and send the donation to the American Red Cross.

As the doors swung open to our offices Tuesday morning, all ParenteBeard team members had a string knotted around their fingers as a reminder to make a contribution to the relief effort. Hence the name “Forget-Me-Knot” was born. We are pleased to say we were able to donate more than $21,000 to the American Red Cross after the four day campaign thanks to our caring team members.

As time passes, we must remember the tremendous impact of Hurricane Sandy and make a commitment to continue supporting the rebuilding of our communities. Our willingness to contribute and help each other has no end date. That’s the ParenteBeard way.

I continue to feel inspired by the outpouring of support from people near and far.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to every person  who was affected and continues to struggle in the aftermath.  The success of the Forget-Me-Knot initiative and the storm itself are emotional experiences we will not soon forget.

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All Hands on Deck
October 15, 2022

We recently held our all team meetings and it got me thinking about the larger concept.  We are lucky at ParenteBeard in that most of our team members actually look forward to these meetings.  But I do understand the challenges companies and leaders face when planning these events.

If the only real goal of an all team meeting is to get everyone in the same room, it can be difficult to produce a meaningful outcome. However, when all hands meetings are approached correctly, they can be a very powerful tool for promoting a company’s vision. Understanding the purpose and having a well thought out plan are keys to having a successful, meaningful meeting.

Sometimes we can lose sight of the bigger picture. The strategic direction and goal of the company often gets lost in the details of everyday responsibilities. This meeting gives us an opportunity to put our vision back in focus. An organization needs to be aligned throughout all of its units with a singular vision if it wishes to grow.

If each team member leaves the meeting with one thing to remember and take action on, then it is a success. To do this, you must make your message resonate with everyone by explaining what’s in it for each of them. It’s integral that every employee feels as though he or she is part of the firm’s movement towards a singular vision. By definition, the all team meetings should be about all of those in attendance. It’s important to make the connection to how each employee’s day-to-day duties contribute to the overall success of the company.

Lastly, it provides a forum for us to connect with one another. These meetings are not simply a chance for the CEO to stand in the spotlight. It’s important for employees from throughout the organization to participate in order to truly build unity. These meetings are a tremendous opportunity for all business segments to refocus on the vision and move forward together as one company, one community. For some companies, all team meetings may have developed an undesirable reputation, but when approached with the right mindset and plan they are extremely effective in moving a company forward.

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September 11, 2022

I’d like to welcome you to my blog.

It’s exciting for me to try something entirely new. (And a bit scary.)

I plan to write about what’s on my mind – business trends, current events, travel or any topic I have an insight into or opinion on.

My goal is for my reflections to go “beyond the numbers” of the CPA profession. I hope to share things I’ve learned and life experiences I’m still having along the way.

But blogs are not just for putting stuff out there. I hope to foster an environment that encourages open discussion and feedback from all of you.

Bear with me while I’m still getting the hang of this and send any initial thoughts or suggestions to [email protected].

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