It's all about respect.
October 11th, 2015

Eight Things A You Can Do to Gain Respect in the Work Place

To be an effective manager I have found this simple mantra goes a long way:

October 6th, 2015

What is Your Plan and How Can You Use Your Strengths to Get There?

With my firm I stop at the end of each quarter and ask where would I like to be 2 years from now and what would it take for me to get there.  With my spouse of over 30 years we pause every January and explore where we are financially and personally and determine our priorities over the next two years.

September 29th, 2015

Attitude is More Important than Intelligence

I flew back from Florida last week and I had an opportunity to sit next to a Chairman of the Board of four companies. She took her business card and on the back she drew four quadrants. In each of these four quadrants she placed a "J" and a "V" for Job and Vision.

September 28th, 2015

Famous Negotiators: Tony Blair’s 10 Principles for International Conflict Resolution

Negotiations can be very difficult.  International negotiations are even harder due to nationality, cultural, language, religious and other issues.   Tony Blair worked to negotiate a peace in Northern Ireland.  The Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law Schools offers 10 tips that assisted in this process.

September 26th, 2015

How to Get Along with Difficult People

How to Get Along with Difficult People

September 22nd, 2015

IRS Announces Reorganization for Business Valuers

IRS business valuers are in the Large Business and International (LB&I Division).   In the first quarter of 2016 this division will be reorganized.  It is being reorganized to emphasize campaigns on areas of non-compliance.  As part of the process LB&I will be organized into four geographic areas with headquarters in New York, Chicago, Houston and Oakland.

A curious dog.
September 21st, 2015

Are You Curious? Successful Leaders Ask Good Questions

Einstein attributed his success to being curious and asking questions.

What Appraisers May Want to Share with Estate and Tax Attorneys
September 21st, 2015

Adequate Disclosure for a Gift Tax Return - IRS Field Advice

As an appraiser, we work with estate and gift tax attorneys regularly.  Here is some insight from a very recent technical advice given to an estate and gift tax attorney that you and your client should be aware of if you are not already aware of this field service advice. Lorraine New recently wrote about Field Attorney Advice 20152201F

September 21st, 2015

Is It Better in Negotiations to Play Hardball or Focus on Win - Win?

Subscribing to the Program on Negotiations blog from the Harvard Law School I occasionally download free articles from this site.  A recent article related to Sports Negotiation caught my eye and I downloaded it.  I found in useful whether I am involved with business to business, business to government or within business negotiations.

September 17th, 2015

Top Ten Business Negotiation Articles

Another blog I follow is the Harvard Program on Negotiation from the Harvard Law School. As a mediator and consultant on negotiations related to conflict that is business to business, business to government (often IRS related) and within businesses, I am constantly learning from my actual experiences with clients as well as staying current on various articles, books and blogs.

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