Thinking, In and Out of the Box

Yesterday, I left the comfortable confines of TMN world headquarters to travel to cold and snowy Chicago. A TMN member invited me to deliver a continuing education program on “Tax Planning for Non-Tax Lawyers” to an audience of about 100 members of the Kane County Bar...

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Intuit Throws You Under the Bus

If you’ve spent any time around the Tax Master community, you know that we’ve spent a lot of time talking about various threats to your business. Usually, these threats come from technology. Artificial intelligence and machine learning and other...

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Advice for Elephant Hunters

Ok, I’ve said for years that the most important decision you’ll make for your business is who you target as your market. This is especially crucial for those of us who want to hunt elephants — those high-value, high-visibility clients that can make your entire year...

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One Liner “Greatest Hits”

The one-liner is a comic staple that goes all the way back to Plato. (“A student dunce is voyaging in a very strong sea. When the slaves start wailing, he tells them, ‘don’t cry, in my will I have set you all free!’”) More recently, Henny Youngman turned the one-liner...

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Clash of the Titans

Life is full of conflicts. Some of those conflicts are epic and momentous, like the Democrats versus the Republicans, the Arabs versus the Israelis, or the Sunnis versus the Shi’ites. Others are just as hard-fought, but on a smaller scale, like Delta Tau Chi...

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Lessons From Masterminding

Last week, we were delighted to host our annual Elites Masterminding conference here in Cincinnati. It’s always my favorite two days of the year, and this year was no exception. 30 of us commandeered the elegant Seasongood Room at the University Club, and put our...

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A Scary Disconnect

Legend holds that in 1494, an Italian friar named Luca Pacioli was sitting under an apple tree when an apple bounced off his head. In a flash of insight, he invented the “double-entry bookkeeping” system where each entry has a corresponding and opposite...

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A Failure to Communicate

I’ve just completed a long-awaited move from “Camp Lancelot” — my thoroughly conventional 4-bedroom house in a thoroughly-conventional suburb of thoroughly-conventional Cincinnati — to the “Crow’s Nest,” a 22nd-floor -apartment overlooking the mighty Ohio River smack...

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