IRS Audits – What DO You Do?

If you receive an audit notice from the IRS, do not panic. First, read the letter completely to see what they are auditing. If you can handle the audit yourself - without getting emotional or defensive (or rambling) - then do so. If you don’t have the time, hire a professional to deal with the audit. Then, get organized! Being audited can mean that their computer randomly pulled your number. Certain amounts on the return can trigger this: high mortgage interest, high charitable contributions, … [Read more...]

Urgent vs. Important – How to Sort Through the Noise

As consultants we often face an overwhelming volume of data, to-do items, and just general communication. In our brave new world of email, instant messaging, social media, twitter plus the occasional phone call it can be hard to sort through the list of possible tasks and decide what to do next. One exceptionally useful tool is the Urgent vs. Important matrix, also known as the Eisenhower Decision Matrix. (This concept was actually introduced by then-President Eisenhower, but it shows up as … [Read more...]

You Should Work Out Loud in the 21st Century

If you have been engaging with my thinking on building thriving 21st century organizations, you will know that this is the best time to be alive as we live in an open and connected world. If this is our first encounter, I look forward to connecting and learning from your thinking. That is what is so exciting about our century: our ability to find the right people at the right time to have  conversations and co-create. To truly understand the power of technology, you need to start with what you … [Read more...]

The Role of Leadership in Planning

EXECUTIVES LOVE TO TALK ABOUT PLANNING... most complain their processes don’t work very well. Harvard Business Review reports that only 11% of CEO’s believe that strategic planning is worth the effort. Most planning processes are too complex, and only document decisions already made. CEO’s have the responsibility to make their planning processes effective; I believe the key is to keep the processes simple and focused. Here are some my observations about the role of Leaders in … [Read more...]

Get More Women in Leadership Roles – How We Can Take Action Now

Recently I was asked to be a panelist for the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) town hall in Silicon Valley. The @NWBC is a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. The purpose of the NWBC Town Hall and panel was to assess how regional economies support high growth women entrepreneurs, identify … [Read more...]

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