Rock the Vote Marcum LLP | Accountants and Advisors | New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California and Florida Certified Public Accountants
Rock the Vote
Companies are not exactly democracies; after all, CEOs (and managing partners) are not elected by their employees. However, good companies understand that their stakeholders – very definitely including employees – should have a voice in how the company operates. It not only makes sense from a management standpoint, since no one, not even the most talented CEO, has a corner on the market for good ideas, but also because allowing your employees a voice that is heard is one of the best ways to cultivate buy-in. Employees who feel they are valued members of the team have a sense of ownership in the company's success and work like they mean it. Because they do.
At Marcum, we have different ways of making sure our employees have a say in our business. For example, in every Marcum region we have a voluntary Employee Focus Group that gives employees a forum for meaningful discussion about pretty much anything that affects the way we work, as well as the cultural environment at our offices. Topics that have national impact move up the organizational chart for action planning. Some of the "wins" that have come through this process include parental leave, PTO enhancements, alternative work options, and additional CPA exam assistance. All good stuff that makes life at Marcum better for everyone, and all thanks to the participation of the employees.
Perfecting the Wheel Marcum LLP | Accountants and Advisors | New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California and Florida Certified Public Accountants
Perfecting the Wheel
I always say that we do things at Marcum the way we do them because it's the best way we know how at the present time. But that doesn't mean we are contented with the status quo. To the contrary, the wheel is never quite round enough, and we are always working to ensure that our services and portfolio of practice specialties continue to evolve to meet the ever-changing and expanding needs of our clients. Sometimes that means finding a new way to do something we already do well. Sometimes it means innovating a new service. As the fourth quarter of 2016 enters the homestretch, here is an overview of some of Marcum's more recent advances:
INTERNATIONAL: We've been pretty active on the international front this year. We formed a joint venture in Dublin, to create a new service center for our hedge fund and private equity fund clients. Marcum RBK (Ireland) Limited, which is a partnership with Ireland's largest independent accounting and business advisory firm, completes our service coverage in all three leading fund domiciles - the United States, Grand Cayman and Ireland.
Forever Young Marcum LLP | Accountants and Advisors | New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California and Florida Certified Public Accountants
Bob Dylan has rocked the world since the 1960s, but yesterday the Swedish Academy nearly one-upped him with their own world-rocking move. The academy broke with tradition by awarding Dylan the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first time the literary prize has gone to a song-writer/musician. The last time the prize for literature went to an American was in 1993, when Toni Morrison won it for the "visionary force and poetic import" of her novels. The times, they are a'changin.
And why not? Poetry is poetry, whether or not it's printed on the page or set to music. In fact, the academy selected Dylan for the high honor for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." I say, good for them! If the purpose of the Nobels is to reward and celebrate achievement, pushing the boundaries of tradition is a necessity.
Debate and Switch Marcum LLP | Accountants and Advisors | New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California and Florida Certified Public Accountants
Debate and Switch
About 85 million Americans watched the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on TV on September 26. That's 38.5 percent of the U.S. population, probably pretty close to half of all the adults in the country, and that doesn't include all the people who streamed it online. I'm betting even more people will tune in for the next one this Sunday night. Some of you may think that's a great statement about how engaged we Americans are with our political process, but I think mostly what it says is that people like a good fight or what's become the latest version of reality TV. Call me cynical.
Before I go on, let me assure my partners that I'm not going to discuss politics in today's column (I can hear the sigh of relief). But I am going to talk about debating, which used to be an honorable exercise in civil discourse - civil being the operative word here. From Plato to Christopher Hitchens, healthy debate has been a time-honored form of persuasion, enlightenment and engagement (the old-fashioned, non-internet kind). To say that our political leaders have debased the art of debate would be letting them off too easy.