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How Accountants Can Be More Productive by Working Less

Rob Brown and Carl Reader discuss the 5 kinds of work accountants CPAs do & the need to reduce emails and meetings to increase innovation and ideation.

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In today’s episode 20, “How Accountants Can Be More Productive by Working Less” with special guest Carl Reader, founder of d&t accountants and bestselling author of BOSS IT.

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Key takeaways from this episode include:

✶ one of the core problems that limits all people in all jobs, especially accounting and fintech

✶ why working harder is not necessarily better for accountancy professionals

✶ the other important aspects of being a working professional aside from the billable hours

✶ the five different kinds of work that accountants engage in, and which take up the most time

✶ the importance of ideation, innovation and inspiration for technically smart professionals and entrepreneurs

✶ why a $1000 moment is better than a $200 hour for any business professional

✶ what more time spent on ideation can do for accounting practices in driving growth and innovation

✶ the problems in productivity caused by slavery to your email inbox and instant messages

✶ how to avoid falling into the pandemic culture of longer virtual meetings

✶ how accountants can engage in more creative ideation for problem solving and being more productive

✶ Book recommendation – “Who Not How: The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork” by Dan Sullivan & Benjamin Hardy

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