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So You Need an Executive Assistant

Posted by Michelle Schusterman on Jul 21, 2014 11:42:17 AM

MMM_so_you_need_an_executive_assist._FAMost organizations don’t hesitate to hire a designer to create a company website, system administrators to keep technical operations running smoothly or financial analysts to offer advice on securities and investments. But one key role that’s often overlooked is that of an executive assistant. Even CFOs can find themselves caught up in administrative work, making it more difficult for them to do their “regular” jobs. In fact, more than one-third of CFOs polled in a Robert Half survey stated the one responsibility they would most like to eliminate is basic clerical and administrative work.

Topics: CFO, Monday Management Minute, Communication, Work-Life Balance, Job Posting, Competitive Salary, Executive Assistant, Administrative Professional

Visual Presence: Your First Day at Work

Posted by Diane Parente on Jul 21, 2014 10:09:00 AM

RHFA_0714_IMG_350x250_Blog-pink_black_outfit_NAM_ENGTomorrow is your first day at work after months of interviews. Of course, you want to make a good impression. You want to be received as a team member and you want to be taken seriously. How can you do this without saying a word?

Topics: Leadership, The Leadership Style Center, Visual Presence, Diane Parente

Quitting Your Job Gracefully

Posted by Lisa Sibley on Jul 16, 2014 11:19:00 AM

RHFA_0614_IMG_500x333_RGB_RF_quitjobQuitting your job doesn’t have to be a stressful experience for you or your employer.

Although the dramatic, dance-inspired way one employee quit her job may have made her a YouTube sensation, a less explosive exit is likely to create a smoother transition if you’re planning to leave your job. At minimum, putting in your two weeks’ notice should be a professional courtesy so you don’t burn any bridges on your way out.

Topics: Productivity, Counteroffers, Resignation, Quit Your Job, Two Weeks Notice, Marina Shifrin, Recommendation

Don't Stress: Tips to Alleviate CPA Exam Anxiety

Posted by Kim Christman on Jul 15, 2014 10:11:40 AM

RHFA_0514_IMG_350x250_Blog65-616_Part2_NAM_ENGWhether you’re taking the certified public accountant (CPA) certification exam for the first time or the fifth, it’s natural to be a little nervous. As one of the key steps to earning your CPA certification, the exam carries a lot of weight.

Know the requirements

Understanding the registration and scheduling process can help you feel more prepared before you even start studying. Each state's board of accountancy sets the requirements for certification and facilitates CPA exam registration and scheduling.

Topics: CPA, AICPA, Continuing Education, Professional Development, Roger CPA Review, Financial Accounting and Reporting, Notice to Schedule, Auditing and Attestation, ThisWaytoCPA, Business Environment and Concepts, CPA exam, Becker, Regulation

Leadership Presence: How to Best Present Yourself in Any Situation

Posted by Karen Anderson Peters and Nancy Webb on Jul 14, 2014 2:11:00 PM

RHFA_0714_IMG_350x250_leadership_style_center_NAM_ENGDefinitions of leadership abound, ranging from managerial to visionary, from charismatic to stately. Most people agree that effective, authentic leadership requires a creative combination of substance and style. But schools and organizations typically emphasize the importance of substance and competency. The way we present our expertise to others, our “style,” is often a distant second, if it's considered at all.

How professionals present themselves is just as essential to their success as their expertise. If you’ve worked hard, yet find it difficult to be taken seriously as a qualified professional, it may be that your style doesn’t match the level of your expertise. Style is often overlooked as an aspect of power and effectiveness, but it's key to building confidence and success, and to demonstrating your authentic self.

Here at The Leadership Style Center, a business focused on helping women become more effective leaders, we've identified three of the most overlooked components of becoming an effective leader.

Topics: Monday Management Minute, Communication, Leadership, The Leadership Style Center, Karen Anderson Peters, Nancy Webb, Diane Parente

Tips for Achieving Work-Life Balance With a Workaholic Boss

Posted by Liisa Sullivan on Jul 9, 2014 11:05:00 AM

RHFA_When_Your_Boss_is_Workaholic_Blog-July9_NAM-ENG_r3You want to please your manager or CFO, but it seems there just aren't enough hours in the day. Don't let a workaholic mentality drive you to distraction. 

There many different kinds of bosses out there, and it’s an ideal situation when you find a supervisor that’s a good fit with your personality. But having a positive relationship with management doesn't necessarily mean you have to embody all the same traits. On the contrary, some supervisors might possess characteristics best avoided. One example is the tendency to work long and arduous hours, even when working smart is the better alternative.

Topics: CFO, Management Advice, Work-Life Balance, Boss, Workaholic

Leadership Library: If You Love Your Work, You'll (Happily) 'Die Empty'

Posted by Lisa Fulmer on Jul 8, 2014 8:00:00 AM

die_emptyA friend once told author Todd Henry that he thought the most valuable type of land in the world is a graveyard, because in it is “buried all of the unwritten novels, never-launched businesses, unreconciled relationships and all of the other things people thought they would put off until tomorrow. One day, however, their tomorrows ran out.’’ 

It was this thought that led Henry to his latest book, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day.

Henry starts the book with what it is definitely NOT about:

  • Get everything done today.
  • Live like there’s no tomorrow.
  • Follow your whims.

What this book IS about is the idea that your best work goes beyond checkmarks on a to-do list or how you make a living. If you’re looking for a different breed of career advice, or perhaps some inspiration about your job, you’ll find ideas here about identifying your deeper sense of purpose and working on the projects that really matter the most to you.

The book shows how doing your best work is about balancing the scale of passion versus expectations. It’s about taking a chance on making a difference today while being mindful of how your choices will impact tomorrow.

Topics: Career Advice, Career Development, Book Reviews, Workplace Productivity, Time Mangagment, Die Empty, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day, Todd Henry

The Upside of Failure and Mistakes

Posted by Michelle Schusterman on Jul 7, 2014 2:47:00 PM

July_7_-_Failure_FAEveryone makes mistakes. While that may be true, saying so does little to quell the sense of dread you feel when you make a misstep and must face the consequences. Truly successful finance and accounting managers know how to learn from their mistakes — even the big ones. In fact, being able to find the upside of failure might be one of the most important jobs you have as a manager.

In today's Monday Management Minute, you’ll find some quotes and tips to help you get past mistakes and, more importantly, learn from them.

“Success has to start somewhere. Failure needs no beginning.” –– Robert Half

Topics: Robert Half, Mistakes, Monday Management Minute, Management Advice, Communication, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Failure, Thomas Edison, Zig Ziglar

Office Humor: Dressing for Success

Posted by Robert Half Finance & Accounting on Jul 3, 2014 7:44:00 AM

toon233Today we bring you a dose of office humor via a new comic that will occasionally appear in our blog.

Cartoonist Randy Glasbergen, who devotes many of his comics to finance and accounting topics, has been featured by many businesses and publications, including the Harvard Business Review, Macy’s, IBM, China Daily, The Economic Times of India, the San Diego Times-Union and the Milwaukee Journal.

Topics: Humor, Office Humor, Randy Glasbergen, Cartoons

Let Freedom Ring — Tips for Workplace Independence

Posted by Liisa Sullivan on Jul 2, 2014 2:08:19 PM

Eagle_and_American_Flag_by_BubbelsThe Fourth of July is a time for outdoor fun and getting together with friends and family to celebrate the birth of a great nation. And while it’s important to treasure this time away from work, why not carry the theme over into your finance and accounting departments? Independence is empowering, and a little leadership can go a long way.

Start with red, white and blue.

When it comes to work, many people love what they do, but others may need a little encouragement to make it through the day. Just remember, it starts with you. Here are a few tips that will let freedom ring:

Topics: Dress for Success, Soft Skills, Work-Life Balance, Continuing Education, Leadership, Finance Career, Fourth of July, Independence

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