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Are big firm CPAs “insecure overachievers”?

My top story this week comes from the Harvard Business Review. Laura Empson has collected data she cl
Are big firm CPAs “insecure overachievers”?
By Blake Oliver • Issue #73 • View online
My top story this week comes from the Harvard Business Review. 
Laura Empson has collected data she claims shows that people working at elite professional services firms are “insecure overachievers,” and that firms deliberately target and hire this type of person. 
They work long hours because it’s difficult to measure the outputs of a knowledge worker. So the only way they can stand out is to leave the office last. 
Though they are “exceptionally capable and fiercely ambitious,” they are “driven by a profound sense of their own inadequacy… [that] typically stems from childhood.”
Naturally, the story opens with a quote from a manager at an accounting firm.
For this, and more of the best cloud accounting links I clicked on this past week, keep on scrolling.

Future of the Profession
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Automation
The new tax law hikes the bonus depreciation deduction from 50% to 100% for five years, which appears to be incentivizing firms to accelerate the switch to robotic automation:
Tax Incentive Puts More Robots on Factory Floors
You might think that accounting is immune from the threat of physical robots, but not so fast. EY has started using drones to audit inventory:
Events
Collaboration Tools
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App Updates
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Software News
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Sage looks to the future
Artificial Intelligence
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Podcast
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Security
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Marketing
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Remote Work
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Management
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Customer Service
Here’s an excellent example of a terrible client experience caused by hourly billing:
Pieter Levels 🏝
My accountant invoiced me $300 for sending me a print out of a Google search query about sales tax rules. 🤦‍♂️ I wish someone would disrupt accountants, the majority are overpriced bullshit artists more skillful at writing invoices than helping businesses. 🌶
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Social Media
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Blockchain
Bitcoin trader after a discussion with his accountant: ‘F**k taxes’
Thanks for reading, and have a great week!
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Blake Oliver

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