Michael Sterling
7 Fast Tension Tamers for Busy Season

If you’re a public accountant, you’re face-down in tax season and the stress that goes hand-in-hand with the intense hours and strict deadlines. IRS to the rescue! No, not that IRS. Immediately Relieving Stress (I.R.S.) will save your sanity and improve productivity.  Try these 7 tension tamers for busy season – right at your desk. […]


Michael Sterling
Your Story is Key to Professional Success

Storytelling for Professional Success   Some professionals have a knack for telling stories that explain in vivid terms a concept. The ability to develop and articulate your story is key to professional success. If you don’t have that natural talent, you can learn to use stories in a way that’s effective. Here’s why it’s so […]


Michael Sterling
Your Career Depends on These – 11 Qualities for Success

11 Aspects of Executive Presence   So let’s say you’ve just been passed over for promotion to a leadership position. You hear you almost got the job but the other guy got it because of “his strong executive presence.”   You think you know what they’re talking about but all the same, you don’t feel […]


Michael Sterling
Psst: You Need Executive Presence – Here’s Why

What Defines Executive Presence?   Has this ever happened in your firm?   Someone is promoted to a leadership position. This person successfully competed against other qualified candidates, some of whom you know are just as experienced and smart. You ask yourself, “Why him?” … or, “Why her?”   Soon you hear that it was […]


Michael Sterling
7 Free Websites to Boost Your Success

  If you’re waiting for success to find you – you’re doing it wrong.  Success doesn’t just happen. Continuous learning, growing and trial and error is what enables us to be more successful.   The good news is learning can be fun and FREE! I’ve found seven worthy websites where you can go to grow […]


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
7 Kick-Butt Ways to Attack Busy Season Chaos

  No two words strike dread into the heart of public accountants quite like – Busy Season.   The Urban Dictionary defines Busy Season as:   A period of the year in public accounting designated by mandatory 55+ hour work weeks, weight gain, decreased sexual activity, increased alcohol consumption, late nights, tickmarks, excel, ineptitude, and […]


Michael Sterling
What Does A Job Really Pay? This Worksheet Uncovers the Truth

  Should you stay or should you go? Let’s face it, compensation is a key factor in weighing a job offer. But what does a job really pay?   When considering relocating for a new job, few people take the time to really understand their economic choices, mostly because there are so many hidden factors, such […]


Michael Sterling
The Real Reason You’re Not Getting the Job

  I don’t know how else to say it, but the real reason you’re not getting the job could be – you’re not likable. My intention is not to offend, but to educate.   I’m awe-stuck when a professional on a job hunt contacts me regarding a position and goes out of their way to […]