- What's Next For Accounting?
- What's Next For Accounting? - Issue #110
What's Next For Accounting? - Issue #110
💡Making Hard Decisions
As we’re staring down renewal season we’re faced with hard decisions:
Do I cut clients?
How much do I increase prices?
Do I reposition my services?
Should we make that hard tech change?
And while goals shape our ambitions, it’s actual fears that keep us from making the hard decisions necessary to reach those goals.
Easy decisions, hard life.
Hard decisions, easy life.
Tim Ferriss uses a framework called Fear Setting to put hard decisions under a microscope and de-risk those hard decisions. It’s a fantastic resource if you’re struggling with a hard decision, or struggling to find alignment with a business partner. We ran through the framework in depth on the podcast this week with examples.
Here’s how it works:
Define - List fears in a “What if I…” format. Don’t limit this to a specific decision, list all fears on your mind
Prevent - For each fear write out how it could be prevented. For example, for the fear We’ll upset clients and they’ll leave bad Google reviews
Communicate the necessity of the hard decision
De-personalize the decision
Maintain a positive relationship with the clients post-exit
Develop a resource you can provide to clients on exit
Ensure a seamless transition to another great pro
Communicate the decision in a high-touch way, like a phone call
Repair - If the fear happens, how could it be remediated?
More aggressively ask happy clients for positive reviews
Develop a plan for how to reply to negative reviews, including the specific wording
Benefits - Make a list of the benefits of an attempt or partial success
Inaction - Make a list of the costs of inaction on a 6 month, 1 year, and 3 year time horizon
While it’s helpful for me personally, and even something I could use with my spouse, it would have been a great to go through with my business partner to find alignment.
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📅 This Week
After an incredible week of drama at OpenAI their #1 and #2 have now returned to OpenAI with a new board
To celebrate hitting 10k subscribers on the YouTube channel we did a big accounting AI Q&A roundup
If you’re an accountant who has ever considered selling stuff to accountants, I chatted with Ashley Francis about this transition from practitioner to solution-builder
Microsoft announced their own version of GPTs, which may work better with your MS data but aren’t quite as easy for normies to build
Last month I was part of an AI roundtable the AICPA put together with a bunch of software co’s, here were the takeaways
Anthropic announced a new version of Claude, Claude 2.1 with a massive 200k context window, or around 500 pages of text
Context limits & retrieval accuracy are important areas of study for our profession. This testing gives some interesting insights on how the accuracy of retrievals degrade with large context limits, and this test shows the new 128k GPT-4 still greatly outperforms the new Claude
The new version of Claude also supports function calling for the first time
Anthropic released a Claude extension for Google Sheets
Every is a single platform to manage your banking, books, payroll, and taxes
InventBot is a GPT for creating unnecessary inventions, like this robot I made that will turn the pages of my paper files for me. Notice that instead of licking a finger before each page turn we’re cutting out the middle man and just turning pages with the tongue
😍From The Community
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