Grant Thornton Losing BIG – Gender Pay Gap Reports

In a 2017 report, Grant Thornton uncovers a gender pay gap that proves larger than those of the Big Four accounting firms. However, peeling back the pay grades and demographics, the gender pay gap is attributed not to an unequal pay structure, as most companies promise they pay women workers the similarly for the same work, but to a male-dominated senior management team.

In many companies, such as with Grant Thornton, the workforce is split almost equally by gender – 51% men and 49% women, with women dominating lower levels of the workforce and men higher levels of the workforce – 64.5% at senior manager, 64.5% at associate director, and 75.9% at director. Yet, carries a mean gender pay gap of 26.56% – KPMG at 22.3%, EY at 19.7%, Deloitte at 18.2%, and PwC at 13.7%.

What The Heck Do Those Excel Formula Errors Mean?

Excel, is one of those subjects that are hard to learn without real-life examples with which to work them out. Which is why becoming an excel junkie is nearly impossible unless you are an analyst and must spend 8 hours of your 10 hour work day in excel. But there are many benefits outside of that space that warrants being familiar with and comfortable with excel.  (Read my blog here for a few of those reasons.)

And it’s not as hard as one would think.  Breaking excel down into bite-size pieces and then having the confidence and courage to try out some of these lessons can help get you going.

Personal 2018 Reading List

Welcome 2018 to a year of more growing and exploring!

Joining my North BFF in a reading challenge. Tiffany Murphy has challenged herself to read 52 books this year. Sounded like a great idea. Reading, journaling, and trying new things keep your mind sharp. I usually like to complain that I don’t have time to do anything other than, sleep, eat and work. However, that pack of lies was disbanded when I started to keep track of my Netflix binges. So, instead of letting Netflix or Amazon Prime entice me with their glorious bounty of filmmaking,  I have decided to join my friend in her challenge and read as much as I can this year!

I plan on reading anything from self-help to business development to excel master books and even the nonfiction suspense or dystopian pop-culture frenzy of the month.

Do you have any good reads that I should add to my list!? Please let me know in the comments.

The SMART New Year’s Resolution

When most people set New Year’s Resolutions, we are not very smart about them. We aim for the big-ticket items. The kind that gets us pumped up, emotional and excited.  But often, they fail us when moods, temperatures, and finances are down.  As the ‘newness’ of the New Year wears off, so does the excitement and commitment to the resolution.

I wrote before the New Year, that New Year’s Resolutions need a facelift.  To expand, this facelift can only be achieved by employing the S.M.A.R.T approach.

Mindfulness – Runaway Thoughts In 16 Degree Temp.

I watched John’s deep breaths raise the covers and drop them down again. In the window over his shoulder the North Georgia sun was peaking through. It splashed a golden spotlight on the pinewood wall that my back rest against. Regan, a sweet Great Dane barks in the near distance. I swore I head the rooster this morning, but it was much too early then.

2018 came through our window in the cozy cabin snuggly positioned across the pond on the back acre of our friend’s lot. The wood burning heater long died during the teen temperatures the night before. 2018 had come – not without warning, nor without welcome, but much too fast.

Mindfulness – Next Best Offer

You are only as good as your next best offer

When it comes to promotions, raises, and money, two of my mentors used to tell me: “you are only as good as your next best offer.”

The coaching goal was to get me to understand that no matter how truly valuable I am when it comes time to assign a dollar amount to that value, in general, and in business, it’s customary that we would receive only as great as our next best offers. Taken under the wrong light, this comment could, in fact, appear like a slap across the cheek. Further still, while exceptions to this statement are certainly not uncommon, make no mistake: we will receive in life, not only what we ask for, but said request grounded against a baseline of our next best offer.

Mindfulness – Not Alone

I am not alone

A collection of strokes 

Just as every piece of artwork is not one specific pen or brush stroke across a blank page, yet is a collection of all pen strokes that had come before and resulted in the final piece of artwork; similarly, we are not defined by this one moment or a specific period. If taken out, any single brush stroke across the canvas is not enough to identify a standard of said artwork, nor identify subject matter – there is no context for one stroke alone. So too the artwork that is our life.

We are not the bad day in the office, nor the failed attempt to be patient with our sons and daughters. And we are not the projects left undone on our desks and kitchen tables

We are a collection of brush strokes that has taken years to form. There is no context with one stroke. And these brush strokes have been performed by those that have come before us and will come after us.

Mindfulness – The Life Lessons A Bad Haircut Can Teach You

Last night I did something crazy, well not in comparison to anything I’ve done as a young man but crazy in my current world. I cut my hair! Tame I know, but something about this new haircut sparked something.

I ran downstairs this morning to put some dishes away, and Sarah looked at me real quick as if not to bust out in laughter. “I know,” I said I look like Beaker from the muppets, don’t I? She couldn’t contain herself and busted out in laughter. “But you like it, don’t you?” – she asked.

Mindfulness – Every Day Begins Anew

a·new

literary
adverb: anew
  1. in a new or different, typically more positive, way.

2 significant things have happened in our little family life the past couple of months:

  1. My daughter was invited to play on a summer Super Y soccer team (equivalent to baseball AllStars)
  2. My company is going through another acquisition.

Through these 2 events there is one resounding take away from me:

Mindfulness – My Body is My Temple

I follow the blogs of many successful professionals and find one common thread running through them all:

Mental strength and agility is built, nurtured, and maintained by strengthening your body and spirit.

Connectedness between Mind, Body, and Spirit

There is an inner connectedness with our mind, body, and spirit. Strength or weakness in any one of these impresses upon the others. As we build up our organization, we learn that we can push through much more than we initially once thought. We find the strength to work hard and to persevere, to keep going the extra mile, to push through and forward.

Likewise, when we strengthen our minds, we are capable of gaining the foresight and energy to continue building our bodies in continuation of supporting our minds.  Further, when we are aware of our spirituality, our connectedness, our place among this vast universe and the energies and powers that are all around us, we understand that we are not here merely for ourselves. It is the interconnectedness through our bodies and among others that bring meaning to why we are here and what our journey can be.