Wake Up! It’s a New World
“Get ready to have your world, your firm, and your life rocked!”
Why Do We Use the Term Radical?
rad·i·cal adjective \ˈra-di-kəl\ : very new and different from what is traditional or ordinary : very basic and important : having extreme political or social views that are not shared by most people
The term radical applies because what we are doing to our firms and indirectly to the profession is fundamental to its core. It’s abrupt, disruptive, unexpected, and far reaching. We are shaking up the status quo.
We are changing because our customers and the world are changing around us. Some might also perceive radical to be a negative term. It’s not. Our movement is more likely following the happy expression, “that’s radical, dude,” We want everyone to learn and join us.
Why Should I Be Radical?
CPAs must be “radicalized” so they cannot be lulled into complacency and driven by reaction to their current firm or livelihood. The changes that are happening in today’s fast-paced world need to be addressed. You and your team have already felt the changes. The silent majority of many employees are hurt, suspicious, and feeling unheard. They see and experience the changes happening around them and don’t understand the complacency or the resistance to change from firm management. You may even be feeling this yourself within your firm of one. This toxic condition within many firms is corrosive and detrimental. Employee frustrations are mounting to the point of revolt and indifference. An employee who is indifferent is more destructive to a firm then one who is leading a revolt. Many of us fight with the idea of rationalization, where we say it’s not that bad. We can wait before we take action – “Let the next generation make the changes, I’m retiring.”
However, we can wait no longer. The world isn’t waiting. Neither can we.
The Radical CPA
By: Jody Padar, CPA, MST
Jody Padar is one of the profession’s foremost visionaries and pioneers. As a practitioner, she is CEO and Principal of the New Vision CPA Group, a public accounting firm based in the Chicago area. And as an author, lecturer, coach, consultant and mentor, she advocates for progress and innovation in the profession, heralding a new way of thinking about the practice of accountancy and giving it new purpose. Having successfully transformed her own firm into a technologically advanced, paperless work environment, she is now dedicated to educating her fellow colleagues on how to make the same transition. She is a regular contributor to a number of industry publications, including CPA Trendlines, where she offers practical tips and advice on running a next-generation firm. Padar has been named by Accounting Today as “the Top 100 Most Influential to the Profession” for the last four years and manages her firm and discover new “best practices.” Padar is married, has two teenage children and swims competitively.
Padar earned her BBA from Saint Mary’s College and MST from Northern Illinois University. Padar is also an adjunct professor at Oakton Community College and a contributing member of the Intuit Trainer Writer Network.