Bringing Out Better Ideas From Our Colorado Springs Accountant Team

team ideasLast week I talked about staffing for my Colorado Springs tax accountant firm, and how I try to evaluate that at the end of my year.

Well, sometimes the staffing isn’t the problem — it’s the leadership. Er, that is … me.

I like to get good ideas from my Colorado Springs accountant team about where our firm is going, what we can be doing to improve, etc. But often, when those things aren’t happening, *I’m* the glitch (me, Kathy Bylkas), not them.

So, I did some brainstorming about things I’ve done in the past to shake things up, and thought I’d collect them here on “paper” (or screen, as it happens) and share them with you.

Before I go there, I do want to remind you for the last time about our limited number of planning slots available before year-end. This year, Colorado Springs small business owners simply MUST get ahead of the game, and understand how their AGI affects both their tax bill, but also influences healthcare subsidies, deductions, etc. (Short summary: there are mammoth implications.)

So call us: (719) 548-4924, and snap up one of those few remaining spots, before it’s too late.

Bringing Out Better Ideas From Our Colorado Springs Accountant Team
“To do something, however small, to make others happier and better, is the highest ambition, the most elevating hope, which can inspire a human being.” -Sir Kathy Lubbock

If we, as Colorado Springs business owners, haven’t heard any good ideas from our employees lately, it could be that we’re not asking for them. So, maybe it’s time we managers try some creative ideas to bring them out.

Here are a few of mine. And if you have anything not on this list, send it along. I’d be very interested…

•  Look for bad ideas. Hold a “dump the ideas” meeting or luncheon. The topic: “What should we stop doing, so we have more time and energy for innovation?”
•  Hold a gift exchange of ideas. Have people write down their trickiest problem and drop them in a hat. Then have everyone pick a problem and try to solve it. Like a holiday grab bag, this can encourage people from different areas to get together and learn about each other’s problems–and their hidden skills.
•  Form a dream team. Select a small group of people to meet once a week. Their job: to generate, share, and discuss ideas for innovation. Have them meet on specific subjects to keep them focused.
•  Hold a story hour. Ask everyone on your team to tell about a time when he or she solved a problem or helped develop an innovative idea. Try to identify the skills and principles everyone used so you can work on enhancing them on your own team.
•  Post topics and questions. In every room, hang a poster-size piece of paper with a problem or question at the top. Provide markers so people can write down their ideas on that particular topic.
•  Take a field trip. Go to a museum, playground, zoo, theme park, or someplace like that. There are great options here in the Colorado Springs area — but it can even just be a local restaurant. Ask everyone to come up with three business-related ideas inspired by the outing.

And don’t forget — we’re right here for you, if you need us: (719) 548-4924

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Warmly (and until next week),

Kathy Bylkas
(719) 548-4924

Kathy BylkasBringing Out Better Ideas From Our Colorado Springs Accountant Team