The Edge - May 2011 

    Tips on Career Management, Leadership and Work/Life Balance.
    AICPA THE EDGE | A Monthly eNewsletter for Young CPAs
    If your manager's boss asked you to work on a project and told you not to tell your manager about it, what would you do?

    Ah, secrets in the workplace ... they can sever valued, trusting relationships in a matter of seconds. What's the right thing to do when you're told to keep the confidence two levels over you? How would you approach this? This kind of ethical dilemma runs rampant throughout firms and companies. Among other resources, we found The Great Workplace: How to Build It, How to Keep it and Why it Matters by Michael Burchell and Jennifer Robin. The book is featured on the authors' website.

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    Don't miss out on these upcoming opportunities:

    E.D.G.E. Conference
    New Orleans, LA, August 10-12

    If you haven't registered yet, you need to reserve your seat now. E.D.G.E. stands for Evolve ... Distinguish... Grow... Emerge - four key elements to ascend into your career as a CPA. The E.D.G.E. Conference - Sharpening Your Career as a CPA is designed just for you and the Leadership Academy alumni is inviting you to attend their sponsored reception. Be sure to attend this networking event.

    2011 AICPA Leadership Academy - Application Deadline Approaching

    The application deadline for the Academy is June 1, 2011. The three-day program, being held on October 3-5, engages candidates in a self-examination of leadership, what that means and how that impacts their personal life, their career path, and the CPA profession. Candidates will have peer mentors, active leadership opportunities through both AICPA and State Societies, and be given a unique exposure to the most senior AICPA leaders, both during the Academy and through their follow-up assignments. Visit
    leadershipacademy to obtain more information about the Academy, view a video about the Academy experience and learn about the application requirements.

    Young CPA Events

    The Young Professionals' Mix Up

    May 19, 2011
    Fort Lauderdale, FL

    CaICPA Emerging Leaders Certificate Program

    May 25, 2011
    (@ Various Locations), CA


    CITP Career Path Webcast

    May 25, 2011 @ 2:00-3:30 EST
    Non-CPE/Free Webcast

    Spring Recognition Dinner

    May 26, 2011
    Golden Valley, MN


    MACPA Spring Picnic

    June 4, 2011
    Oregon Ridge Park, MD

    NJSCPA Convention & Expo

    June 8-10, 2011
    Atlantic City, NJ

    Casino Night

    June 9, 2011
    Channelside Tampa, FL

    AICPA IT Audit Training School

    June 20-23, 2011
    Chicago, IL

    YPG/RMT/TMA Trifecta at Canterbury

    June 23, 2011
    Shakopee, MN

    Mini Golf Outing

    June 16, 2011
    Berlin, CT

    Headlines - Career, Leadership and Work/Life Balance Tips for Young CPAs
    Career Management
    Five Easy Ways to Make a Positive First Impression
    Let's face it: Although all of us want to make a good first impression, there may be certain behaviors that keep this from happening. This article offers five easy ways to not only get noticed, but come across confident, knowledgeable, and above all, human.
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    Weigh Your Options: Should You Work in Industry or Practice?
    In the accounting profession, money talks. While you already know you work in a profession that depends on your specialized knowledge and skills to build business, it's up to you to decide where you want to put those skills to their best use. Should it be in a public practice firm or a position in business and industry? Of course, there are advantages and drawbacks to each one. Often, deciding between the two may not be a cut-and-dried decision.

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    Making Change Happen One Day at a Time
    Want to change the world? Great! There's no better place to do this than in your firm or company. How can you make a difference? Learn how to champion your idea from a blue-sky concept and turn it into a real game-changer.

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    Work/Life Balance

    Getting Your Message Across in 140 Characters
    Thanks to a lot of texts and a little bit of Twitter, the de facto standard for today's communications is only 140 characters - hardly enough time to even get noticed and get your point across. Review these proven tips on how to communicate effectively in brief without losing your intent and meaning.

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    Striking a Balance is Key
    This topic is hot. Just last month, The Edge featured an article discussing how the lines between work/life balance are eroding. Now, the Work/Life Balance section of the new is a great place to understand ways that you can optimize performance and satisfaction from employees. Learn about flexible work arrangements, download the Employee Retention Guide, or check out the Private Companies Practice Section for ways to recruit and retain the best employees.

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