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Four steps to developing superhuman focus

Here’s how you can tune out relentless distractions and do your best work. By Jessica Hubbard The Hungarian American psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi identified the psychological state of “flow” in 1975 — describing a state of deep immersion in a single activity or task. In this state, external “noise” is naturally muted. Research by McKinsey has shown that when… Read More Four steps to developing superhuman focus

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Five ways to beat burnout

By Luke O’Neill When work bleeds into life and leisure, telltale signs of burnout can appear: exhaustion, disillusionment, and apathy. In a world where devices and software hook everybody into busy connectedness, where emails never stop arriving, and work can be done just about anywhere, burnout is a global problem.  Of about 2,800 senior managers… Read More Five ways to beat burnout

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Meet this year’s teenage Excel champion

By Teri Saylor In July, Chi Kin Che, an 18-year-old from Macao, parlayed his love of math into a victory at an Excel global student competition. Now, after winning the 2019 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship, he is considered a master in Excel 2013, according to the event sponsor, Certiport, a company that provides certification exams… Read More Meet this year’s teenage Excel champion

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Excel unveils function that improves on VLOOKUP

The new XLOOKUP is not yet generally available, but it and the new XMATCH make an X-cellent set. By Liam Bastick, FCMA, CGMA Editor’s note: Microsoft announced 29 October 2019 that it has changed the order of arguments for XLOOKUP. For more details, visit techcommunity.microsoft.com. Ask any accountant and they will tell you two “truths”: They are… Read More Excel unveils function that improves on VLOOKUP

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How to deal with last-minute clients

CPAs explain the tactics they use to nudge procrastinating clients to meet deadlines. By Sarah Ovaska-Few Ask any public accountant which of their regular clients will be pushing up against an impending busy season deadline, and chances are he or she can name them ahead of time. That’s because people tend to be creatures of habit,… Read More How to deal with last-minute clients

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When government becomes the customer

Public-sector organisations are embracing a new role and discovering efficiencies through outsourcing. By Rebecca McCaffry, FCMA, CGMA, and Samantha White Customer insight often refers to product or service providers gaining intelligence on their customers’ needs, wants, and purchasing patterns for sales and marketing purposes. This commercially focused definition has traditionally been less relevant in the… Read More When government becomes the customer