Michael Sterling
11 Funny Accountant Valentine’s Pick-Up Lines

Some Favorite Valentine Humor. Happy Valentine’s Day!   11 Funny Accountant Valentine’s Pick-Up Lines    Might I say, you have a lovely pair of W-2s. Let’s fill out a 10-40. You’re a 10 and I’m a 40. I’m an Accountant – I can do it without losing my balance. Your hot assets are making me […]


Michael Sterling
Are You a Modern-Day Macbeth? 6 Questions to Assess Your Ambition

  Most of us read Macbeth in high school. Macbeth’s ambition and corruption of power led to his tragic end. Macbeth, while fictional, serves as a cautionary lesson in human nature. Yet, we find real-life Macbeths among us. Are you a modern-day Macbeth? You may want to assess your ambition level.   Healthy vs. Unhealthy […]


Michael Sterling
A Job Hunter’s To-Don’t List for Today & Beyond

This Isn’t Your Father’s Job Search   Today’s job hunt is complex. It takes a strategic plan designed for the nuances of our fast-paced, electronic lifestyle. Most likely you have an action plan and a to-do list. Excellent! But have you thought about what you shouldn’t do?  In short –  a Job Hunter’s To-Don’t List. […]

Scour Your Brain For An Inspiring Presentation

Presentation Secrets from TED Talks   If you’re a fan of TED.com, you probably remember the first time you viewed one of the company’s free 18-minute online presentations. TED Talks are truly inspiring. If you’re not yet familiar with them, you’ll find that their speakers provide jaw-dropping stories you’ll be talking about for weeks.   TED’s […]


Michael Sterling
The Elephant in the Room – Talking Money in an Interview

  It’s big. It’s awkward. It’s intimidating. It’s the elephant in the room at most all job interviews. The salary question. There are a number of questions candidates’ dread, but few strike as much fear as talking money in an interview. Ask for too much and you may loose the job. Ask for too little […]


Michael Sterling
What’s Your Professional Pain Threshold?

  Whether you realize it or not you have one – a professional pain threshold. It’s the upper level of tolerance for your current job. Consider it the final straw–the one that breaks the proverbial camel’s back.   Everyone’s threshold is different. We rarely know what the last straw is until suddenly – there it […]


Michael Sterling
Are You a Leader? Maybe Not – Here’s Why

Leadership Conversational Style What’s your leadership conversational style? I’m learning more about the fine art of leadership conversations in Judith E. Glaser’s book, Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust & Get Extraordinary Results.  I previously wrote about how being a strong conversationalist builds credibility in my article, “What’s Your Conversational IQ?” In that article, I […]


Michael Sterling
Think Small for Big Rewards in CPA Career

How to Find Greater Learning and Earning Power In Public Accounting   Sure, working for a Big 4 firm is sexy. There’s a status linked to the name recognition. For many new accounting graduates, it’s a terrific start into a CPA career.   The ‘Big’ in Big 4 tends to become the issue for many […]


Michael Sterling
Kick Procrastination to the Curb in 5 Steps

  Benjamin Franklin said it best – “Don’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today.”   But, it’s not really that easy. Right? Procrastination is alive and well and living amongst us. In fact, procrastination is possibly the #1 career killer.   If you’re guilty of putting things off until you find yourself […]


Michael Sterling
5 Ways to Build a Bridge for Top Talent: A Guide for CPAs

  I see it all the time. A firm extends a job offer to a highly qualified candidate only to have the offer rejected. The partners are shocked. Moreover, they’re faced with the daunting task of continuing the search for another ideal candidate.   What happened? The Fear Factor. Moving up the career ladder often […]

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