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Four steps to
better business, a
better life — and
conquering
complexity
in the process
From the pages of
CPA Success
The U-505
 252 feet long
 Nearly 31 feet high
 880 metric tons
 Sank eight ships before the
U.S. Navy captured it in t...
View the full video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUuQIpVuhCg
“Innovation is the creation of new forms
of value in anticipation of future demand.”
-- Andrew Zolli
The world according to Peter Sheahan
1. Question all of our assumptions.
2. Be a driver of change.
3. Overcome the gravity...
Anticipation
• Be relevant.
• Improve.
• Learn.
• Adopt.
• Help your clients adopt.
• Look.
“Engaged people will do whatever it takes to get the
job done. Engagement comes from conversations
about the task at hand....
 Be yourself.
 Define your roles.
 Prepare.
 Recognize your people.
 Be positive.
 Hire for culture first.
Transform...
1. Don’t hire unhappy people.
2. Smile.
3. If friendliness is top priority, relevance is a not-too-
distant second.
4. Be ...
Meet Seth.
“If you create something that somebody would pay for,
but you give it away, not only are you building trust and
a debt of ...
“An investment in knowledge always pays
the best interest. “
-- Jeff Magee
Change
4x = 1890
7x = 1670
Top five issues
impacting CPAs
1. Keeping up
2. Information overload
3. Doing more with less
4. Being proactive vs. reacti...
“Thinking about
information overload
isn’t accurately
describing the
problem. Thinking
about filter failure is.”
Clay Shir...
The age of
adaptation
“The need to constantly adapt is
the new reality for many workers.”
Serial mastery
These workers “ar...
The Look, Lead, Love, Learn Book Club
"Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back," by Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy
"Flip! How...
The Look, Lead, Love, Learn Book Club
"The Likeability Factor," by Tim Sanders
"Today We Are Rich," by Tim Sanders
"Love i...
The Look, Lead, Love, Learn Book Club
"Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Won't Stop Talking," by Susan
Cain
"...
The Look, Lead, Love, Learn Book Club
"The Platinum Rule: Discover the Four Basic Business Personalities and How
They Can ...
The Look, Lead, Love, Learn Book Club
“Trust Your Vibes: Secret Tools for Six-Sensory Living,” by Sonia Choquette
“Trust Y...
Download these slides at …
Slideshare.net/BillSheridan
Questions?
Download these slides:
Slideshare.net/BillSheridan
Follow me:
 MACPA’s blog: CPASuccess.com
 Facebook.com/BillSheridan
...
Look, Lead, Love, Learn: Four Steps to Better Business, a Better Life, and Conquering Complexity
Look, Lead, Love, Learn: Four Steps to Better Business, a Better Life, and Conquering Complexity
Look, Lead, Love, Learn: Four Steps to Better Business, a Better Life, and Conquering Complexity
Look, Lead, Love, Learn: Four Steps to Better Business, a Better Life, and Conquering Complexity
Look, Lead, Love, Learn: Four Steps to Better Business, a Better Life, and Conquering Complexity
Look, Lead, Love, Learn: Four Steps to Better Business, a Better Life, and Conquering Complexity
Look, Lead, Love, Learn: Four Steps to Better Business, a Better Life, and Conquering Complexity
Look, Lead, Love, Learn: Four Steps to Better Business, a Better Life, and Conquering Complexity
Look, Lead, Love, Learn: Four Steps to Better Business, a Better Life, and Conquering Complexity
Look, Lead, Love, Learn: Four Steps to Better Business, a Better Life, and Conquering Complexity
Look, Lead, Love, Learn: Four Steps to Better Business, a Better Life, and Conquering Complexity
Look, Lead, Love, Learn: Four Steps to Better Business, a Better Life, and Conquering Complexity
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Look, Lead, Love, Learn: Four Steps to Better Business, a Better Life, and Conquering Complexity

  1. 1. Four steps to better business, a better life — and conquering complexity in the process From the pages of CPA Success
  2. 2. The U-505  252 feet long  Nearly 31 feet high  880 metric tons  Sank eight ships before the U.S. Navy captured it in the south Atlantic on June 4, 1944.  One of only four World War II-era German U-boats in existence as a museum ship.
  3. 3. View the full video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUuQIpVuhCg
  4. 4. “Innovation is the creation of new forms of value in anticipation of future demand.” -- Andrew Zolli
  5. 5. The world according to Peter Sheahan 1. Question all of our assumptions. 2. Be a driver of change. 3. Overcome the gravity of success. 4. Beware of specialization. 5. Action before clarity.
  6. 6. Anticipation
  7. 7. • Be relevant. • Improve. • Learn. • Adopt. • Help your clients adopt. • Look.
  8. 8. “Engaged people will do whatever it takes to get the job done. Engagement comes from conversations about the task at hand. Those conversations lead to dreams of what could be, which lead to talk of what must be done.” -- Emmanuel Gobillot
  9. 9.  Be yourself.  Define your roles.  Prepare.  Recognize your people.  Be positive.  Hire for culture first. Transformative leadership Barry Alvarez Athletic Director, University of Wisconsin
  10. 10. 1. Don’t hire unhappy people. 2. Smile. 3. If friendliness is top priority, relevance is a not-too- distant second. 4. Be generous. 5. Be empathetic.
  11. 11. Meet Seth.
  12. 12. “If you create something that somebody would pay for, but you give it away, not only are you building trust and a debt of gratitude but you shock them into sharing it. They share not only the asset itself, which is inherently valuable to the brand, but they share the fact that they are surprised that a brand would just give it to them and not try to sell them along the way.” — Joe Chernov, Kinvey
  13. 13. “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. “ -- Jeff Magee
  14. 14. Change
  15. 15. 4x = 1890 7x = 1670
  16. 16. Top five issues impacting CPAs 1. Keeping up 2. Information overload 3. Doing more with less 4. Being proactive vs. reactive 5. Complexity
  17. 17. “Thinking about information overload isn’t accurately describing the problem. Thinking about filter failure is.” Clay Shirky New York University new media professor, writer, and consultant
  18. 18. The age of adaptation “The need to constantly adapt is the new reality for many workers.” Serial mastery These workers “are often left to figure out for themselves what new skills will make them more valuable, or just keep them from obsolescence.”
  19. 19. The Look, Lead, Love, Learn Book Club "Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back," by Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy "Flip! How to Turn Everything You Know On Its Head and Succeed Beyond Your Wildest Dreams," by Peter Sheahan "Leadershift: Reinventing Leadership for the Age of Mass Collaboration," by Emmanuel Gobillot "Follow the Leader: The One Thing Great Leaders Have that Great Followers Want," by Emmanuel Gobillot "Linchpin," by Seth Godin
  20. 20. The Look, Lead, Love, Learn Book Club "The Likeability Factor," by Tim Sanders "Today We Are Rich," by Tim Sanders "Love is the Killer App," by Tim Sanders "Escape Velocity: Free Your Company's Future from the Pull of the Past," by Geoffrey Moore "I Love You More Than My Dog," by Jeanne Bliss "Give and Take," by Adam Grant
  21. 21. The Look, Lead, Love, Learn Book Club "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Won't Stop Talking," by Susan Cain "Flash Foresight: How to See the Invisible and Do the Impossible," by Daniel Burrus "The Silent Language of Leaders," by Carol Kinsey Goman "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and in Business," by Charles Duhigg "Positivity: Groundbreaking Research," by Barbara Fredrickson
  22. 22. The Look, Lead, Love, Learn Book Club "The Platinum Rule: Discover the Four Basic Business Personalities and How They Can Lead You to Success," Tony Alessandra and Michael J. O'Connor “Drive,” by Daniel Pink “Start With Why,” by Simon Sinek “Innovative Intelligence,” by David Weiss and Claude Legrand “Regeneration: A Manifesto for America’s Next Leaders,” by Rebecca Ryan
  23. 23. The Look, Lead, Love, Learn Book Club “Trust Your Vibes: Secret Tools for Six-Sensory Living,” by Sonia Choquette “Trust Your Vibes at Work and Let Them Work For You,” by Sonia Choquette “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Stephen Covey “Life’s Golden Ticket: An Inspirational Novel,” by Brendon Burchard “Lean In,” by Sheryl Sandberg
  24. 24. Download these slides at … Slideshare.net/BillSheridan
  25. 25. Questions?
  26. 26. Download these slides: Slideshare.net/BillSheridan Follow me:  MACPA’s blog: CPASuccess.com  Facebook.com/BillSheridan  LinkedIn.com/in/BillDSheridan  Twitter.com/BillSheridan  Gplus.to/BillSheridan  YouTube.com/BillSheridan  SlideShare.net/BillSheridan  Flickr.com/photos/Sheridan

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