Five Qualities of a Successful Manager

By Tasneem Esmael

The “Divide and Conquer” strategy works well against your enemy on a battle field…but please leave it there. Your company/workplace is not your battle ground, it is a place where livelihood is earned.

  • It is more productive to work together as a team than working individually. Make sure each team member realizes the importance of their role, even if they are working on a section of a project alone.
  • Give each member the space, opportunity and time to excel in their respective role!
  • Each team member is a unique individual with their own style of being, learning and working: acknowledge that, and culture mutual respect between yourself and your team members.

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Uncle Sam and You!

By Tasneem Esmael


To some degree we can save ourselves with the virtue of Tax. Tax is a great way to sustain our society and help rebuild our nations. It helps to align our resources and direct them into proper channels. If tax were to be used as a vehicle of redemption, there is no better way to re-lift a struggling society from its abyss. I know you must be saying, “Really…which world are you coming from, I struggle to pay my taxes!” Did I just hear a grumble, a snarl! I hear you, but let’s analyze what tax does for us.

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Reaching The Safe Harbor with Technology

tas_office_pic_2By Tasneem Esmael

Your future is a mirage but if there is one thing that is certain, it is called ‘Technology’. Technology is synonymous to money in a way. I am sure we all have heard the phrase, “Money is the root of all evils.” Technology can be used with the same reference by the orthodox, religious zealots. There is an Arabic verse, translation of which, says it for me, “Your deed is defined by your motive.”

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Who Is Really CEO?

By Joni Johnson-Powe, JD, CPA






GOD spoke to me this morning. I know this is not your typical opening for a LinkedIn or website posting but at 3 O’clock in the morning, that is precisely what happened. He told its okay to pull off my Super Woman Cape I had so carefully designed, crafted, and proudly sewn on with badges of super womanliness:

  • Holding the Colorado State Triple-Jump record for 14 years
  • Attending College and Law School on athletic and academic scholarships
  • Passing CPA and Bar exam on 1st try within 2 months of each other
  • My Big 4 Accounting Career
  • CEO of my own companies at 32
  • Mothering 4 children including my last at 41
  • Serving on boards in many capacities
  • Setting up my 529 plans for my kids and getting my first college student to Berkeley this year
  • Cooking dinner at least 3 -4 nights a week when not traveling
  • Always having a Plan A and (of course) Plan B, C & D
  • Tithing on Sunday’s at Church

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How to Keep Your Data Secure

Photo of Lock IconHow to Keep Your Data Secure

By Diana DiBello

One only needs to see, listen or watch any newscast these days to hear about email security. This discussion is not intended to be a political one. We have plenty of that during this 2016 presidential election season. However, the campaign has brought to light an issue that puts many companies and accounting firms at risk. How safe is your data? Your emails? Your systems?

Here is a quick list of suggestions to keep your company’s data safe and secure, but for more details there are an abundant number of articles and standards available to assist the small-medium business with their digital security. These suggestions can be applied to your personal data security also.

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