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Be the purveyor of positivity in your life

Chair's Message

Rebecca Keran, CPA, MBA, CGMA | August 2018 Footnote

As most of you know, the AICPA's mission is to drive a dynamic accounting profession worldwide. With accelerating changes in the regulatory environment, geopolitical shifts, workforce changes, and technology and cybersecurity issues, we cannot simply rely on serving our clients and running our businesses by leveraging our education and experiences from the past. 

My last column showcased the importance of challenging yourself and continually striving to learn. In June, I lived that credo by joining many of you at the 24th Annual MNCPA Management & Business Advisers Conference. The sessions were insightful, speakers were passionate about their respective topics and I had an opportunity to catch up with colleagues during the breaks. I was excited to bring back to my colleagues many updates about tax reform, accounting pronouncements, a deeper understanding of the nature of fraud and how to develop a mentorship program. Read up on other highlights from MBAC.

One session that stood out was the closing session from Brandon Johnson, dubbed the Positive Energy Guy. He talked about how we all bring energy to the world -- it's up to us to determine whether we want to bring positive or negative energy. I don't know about you, but I prescribe to the former. Positive energy provides accountability while also considering connection, compassion and emotional intelligence. That sounds good to me.

Positive energy has a direct influence on results in our workplaces, as well. Think about how your colleagues would react if you only focused on criticizing their mistakes, asked them to work late and ignored their requests for new and challenging work. It sounds a little like the corporate culture from the movie "Office Space," where the employees felt they had to protect even their office supplies!

Now consider how your teams would react to you asking them about their weekends, about how a task is proceeding and about your challenging them to take on new responsibilities. This positive and encouraging focus builds their confidence and trust in you, and it starts building momentum for a new positive culture.

Maya Angelou has a wonderful thought on the matter, saying, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

I encourage you to try to share some positive energy in your life, whether it's in a meeting, in a discussion with a colleague or even on your commute.

Coming up in August

Busy summers aren't reserved just for individuals. The MNCPA has two great events lined up this month.

The second annual women's leadership event, Candid Conversations about Women and Purpose, is Aug. 20. It provides an opportunity for women to self-reflect on and share their short- and long-term goals. 

Then, on Aug. 28, the MNCPA is hosting its inaugural golf tournament for members. This tournament will provide great networking opportunities while spending a lovely afternoon at The Wilds Golf Club in Prior Lake. 

I hope to see you there!

Becky Keran, CPA, MBA, CGMA

Chair, MNCPA board of directors