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Don’t Close Your Eyes to the Obvious

May 28, 2013

Sometimes the simplest solution is the best.


Look at the project. Understand it. And then get it done as simply as possible. simplify


One method I use is to periodically perform many of the procedures and functions that are done in my office.  I am not looking for loads of work, so I usually choose a part of a project that is not voluminous.  For example, if I want to test the procedures the tax administrator is following when she assembles tax returns, I’ll choose a small one to do, and then I’ll actually assemble it.  In doing the one return, I get to test all the procedures that are followed.  Some of the things I particularly care about are that all the procedures are followed uniformly and that the instructions are easy to follow and easy to use for training others.  I am also looking for ways to streamline the system.  I feel it can only be effectively done if I “get my hands dirty” once in a while. A manager can’t be effective and set up systems if he never gets up from his desk.


When confronted with an overcrowded closet, remember that there is always a hanger on the floor.


When using your computer, if you set it to automatically put the current date on what you are doing instead of retaining the date you entered when you started, you lose the ability to know when it was originally done.


It takes longer to back into a parking spot than to back out.


A good method is to make sure you understand the task at hand before starting—and making sure your associates fully understand what they are to do before they start.


Reprinted from Power Bites: Short and to the Point Management, Leadership and Lifestyle Advice I Give My Clients! by Edward Mendlowitz, CPA © 2010.   Available for sale at and

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