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Monday, March 2, 2015

Accounting Degree Review ranks the 30 most affordable residential master's programs for 2015

Accounting Degree Review, an online resource for accounting education and related topics, recently published their 30 most affordable residential master's programs in accounting for 2015.
The average tuition cost of all the schools totaled around $22,700, with all schools in the rankings costing less than $25,500. The tuition and fees were calculated for an out-of-state, full-time student with a bachelor’s degree in accounting who started the program in Fall 2014.
Weber State University ranked first, with a tuition cost of $18,486 (and only $8,970 if the student is a native of Utah.) The top 10 schools ranked as follows:
  • 1. Weber State University
  • 2. Missouri State University
  • 3. University of Central Missouri
  • 4. Western Kentucky University
  • 5. University of Southern Mississippi
  • 6. Wichita State University
  • 7. University of Louisville
  • 8. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
  • 9. California State University, Fullerton
  • 10. New Mexico State University...

To read full article and see the full list, click here.

Source: Dee Barizo (www.accounting-degree.org)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Americans Get a Low Grade on Their Knowledge of Income Taxes

By academic standards, Americans would receive an “F” on their knowledge of basic income tax information, according to the results of a survey by personal finance website NerdWallet.
NerdWallet asked 1,015 US adults in early February to take a 10-question quiz on tax basics related to personal finance issues, such as retirement, college savings, and health care. The average score of the test-takers: 51 percent.
Most respondents, for example, did not know the tax implications of popular financial products, such as Roth individual retirement accounts (IRAs), flexible spending accounts, and 529 college plans.
The key takeaway of the survey results, according to the folks at NerdWallet, is that the US tax code is confusing to the average American...

To read full article, click here.
Source: Jason Bramwell (www.accountingweb.com)

Monday, February 23, 2015

7 Tasks Successful Leaders Never Delegate

I’ve made the point before that knowing when and how to delegate is a trait of good leaders. It shows trust in your employees and ensures that you are focusing your own time and skills in your zone of genius — the tasks that only you can do.
But I’d like to argue that there are some things that should never be delegated because they will make you too far removed from your team, open you up for criticism, or ultimately paint you in a bad light.
If you’ve delegated any of the following tasks, I suggest you move these back into your zone of genius:
  1. Core functions or responsibilities
    Neither a company nor an individual employee should ever outsource their core competencies — the tasks that add the most value. As an employee, if you outsource these tasks, your boss may wonder why he needs to keep you around at all. As a company, you may find yourself held hostage if you outsource and your partner leaves or demands more money...

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Source: Bernard Marr (www.linkedin.com)

Friday, February 20, 2015

U.S. jobless claims fall as labor market gains momentum

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, offering fresh evidence that the labor market was gathering steam.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 283,000 for the week ended Feb. 14, the Labor Department said on Thursday.
"The jobs market has its pedal to the metal. We have crossed the dividing line where there are more signs of labor shortages now than there is an excess supply of discouraged workers pounding the pavement," said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG Union Bank in New York.

Economists had forecast jobless claims falling to 293,000 last week...

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Source: Lucia Mutikani (www.reuters.com)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

So You Want to Be a Headhunter?

Recruiting for my own team is a natural part of being the director of a recruitment company. However, what I’ve discovered is that many people don’t have a clue what being a headhunter means. The title sounds fancy and seeking out exceptional talent sounds glamorous, but before you pursue a career in recruitment, there are a few important things you should know first.
1. It’s a fast-paced business!
There are no promises or guarantees in our business, meaning that priorities and objectives can change very rapidly. A single call from an important customer or an email detailing a new job order may change the entire plan for a given day, especially when you work in a success-fee mode. Being “close to the money” is usually the best indicator that you are working on a) the right things in b) the right order, but remember…situations can change quickly!
This also means unpredictable schedules. Timing is everything in recruiting…but time also kills deals! As a recruiter, you can’t be afraid to set firm deadlines with your candidates and clients. As headhunters, we are paid to deliver results in a timely manner. Recruiters need to constantly react to changing circumstances and ensure that candidates and clients are both on the same page...
To read full article, click here.
Source: Adam Lyko (www.linkedin.com)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What to Do If Your Team Is in a Rut

Another brainstorming session, another slew of tired ideas. Your team is in a rut, but what can you do about it? How can you push everyone to be more creative? Where should you seek inspiration? What’s the best way to bring in new perspectives? And finally: how do you prevent the group from getting stuck again?
What the Experts Say
Teams get stale from time to time for all sorts of reasons. After all, everyone is “seeing the same data, interacting with the same people, and having the same conversations, so it’s no surprise that the ideas coming out feel as though they’ve all been done before,” says Scott Anthony, the managing partner of Innosight and the author of The First Mile. But you can get your people back into the groove with a little work, says Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg, a partner at The Innovation Architects, the advisory firm, and the coauthor of Innovation as Usual.  “Sometimes you need to rethink what you’re doing.” Here are some ways to get your team’s creative juices flowing.
Diagnose and fix any obvious problemsThe first step is to “take a step back and diagnose the problem,” suggests Wedell-Wedellsborg. “Observe what’s going on and ask other people’s opinions.” Think about when, where, and how your team has been most innovative in the past. Can you recreate that environment or group dynamic? “Figure out how people share ideas, and how open others are to those ideas,” he says. Also look at ideas that were generated in the past and see if any are worth resuscitating. “Maybe it was a good idea before its time or maybe it was an idea that was not managed well,” says Anthony. “You’re not looking for the perfect idea, it’s what you do with the idea that matters...
To read full article, click here.
Source: Rebecca Knight (www.hbr.org)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

8 Deadly Ways to Kill Employee Motivation

If you want to make sure you're providing your employees with an environment in which they can thrive, check your workplace for these motivation killers.

1. Toxic people.

If you've ever spent time with truly toxic people, you know how destructive and exhausting they can be. Toxic people spread negativity and suffocate the positive. Let them find a new home--or, if that's not possible, make sure policies and supervision are in place to minimize their damage.

2. No professional development.

Everyone needs to know that they are learning and growing. Without that, the workplace grows static and dull. Professional development for each of your employees allows them grow in their careers and also to know that both the organization and you have an investment in their success...

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Source: Lolly Daskal (www.inc.com)