What Kind of Impact Are You Having in the Tax Department?

What Kind of Impact Are You Having in the Tax Department?

There is no doubt that tax department processes will have to change and technology will have to evolve in the years to come in order to keep up with regulatory changes and increased complexity. As a member of the tax department, you will be instrumental in presenting your ideas for change, getting them heard and having people move on them. You come into work every day in the tax department and work long hours, manage stressful situations and meet deadlines. But, have you ever wondered what kind of an impact you are having? Is it the kind of impact you want to have? Or are you just going through the motions?

Recently, I got the opportunity (and privilege) to read an advance copy (unedited proof) of Chris Brogan and Julien Smith’s new book, The Impact Equation, scheduled for release on October 25, 2012.  Did you know there is an equation that will greatly increase your chances of having an impact with your ideas or projects in the tax department? Well, there is! And, in their upcoming book, Chris and Julien do an outstanding job of explaining what it takes to evaluate the real influence your ideas are having on those around you and providing lots of tips on how to improve your ability to be heard.

So, are you ready for the impact equation they describe?  It is simply:

What Kind of Impact Are You Having in the Tax Department?

Easy, right?  But, still clear as mud?!?!?

Let me help connect some of the dots by sharing a little more detail on the attributes of the equation:

What Kind of Impact Are You Having in the Tax Department?

ONTRAST - Making something feel similar but different at the same time, so it stands out

What Kind of Impact Are You Having in the Tax Department?

EACH - Number of people you connect with

What Kind of Impact Are You Having in the Tax Department?

XPOSURE -  – Frequency with which you connect with people

What Kind of Impact Are You Having in the Tax Department?

RTICULATION – Having your message instantly understood

What Kind of Impact Are You Having in the Tax Department?

RUST – I think this one speaks for itself

What Kind of Impact Are You Having in the Tax Department?

CHO – The feeling of connection you give a person

Do you think about these things when you have ideas in the tax department? In other words:

Reach: What people are you reaching with your ideas in the tax department? Is it just your immediate boss and colleagues? Or are you networking and sharing your ideas out of the department?

Articulation: Can you clearly explain your idea to those you want to persuade? Can you do it in 3-5 words?

Exposure: How often have you tried presenting your idea? Did you present it one time during the busiest time of the year? Or have you been persistent and raised it multiple times with different people?

The Impact Equation provides a lot of insight into how to apply these attributes to a set of guiding principles – goals, ideas, platform and human element – so you can move in the right direction – either within your own department or organization or in your own endeavors. Chris and Julien do a great job of tying everything together by sharing their own experiences and providing real-life examples.

I found little nuggets of wisdom throughout the book as well. Some of them required me to walk away and let them sink in. Others jumped off the page at me and instantly resonated. Here are some of my favorites:

“The people are what matters”.

“You’re either a head of lettuce or an apple tree.”  (Great explanation on the meaning in the book!)

“The leap out into the unknown is understood by anyone who takes a chance.”

“In our ideal world, everyone has a chance to get heard.”

“Think like an owner.”

“Nothing worth doing is easy.”

“We tune into passions.”

“Take a wild swing.”

“Starting now is key.”

“People want to see themselves, want to identify, want to belong.  Business is about belonging.”

“There are no shortcuts.”

In exchange for getting an advance copy of the book to read, the authors simply requested that readers share their favorite quote from the book with a picture on Twitter. My favorite quote is in the blog image above.

Like what you have seen so far?

You don’t just have to take my word for it. You can check out what other people are saying about the book and see other images and quotes on Twitter by using the search term #impacteq. If your curiosity is still piqued, you can pre-order the book here.

Can you perfect any of the attributes above to improve your impact in the tax department? Did you decide to order a copy of the book? If you decide to read it, let me know what you think. I would love to hear what kind of impact the book has on you!

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  1. Nancy Smiegowski

    I liked the favorites that you shared – thanks for writing them up. It really makes me eager to get the book.

    Did you read The Emotional Equations by Chip Conley? It’s about the factors that influence us and understanding their role better in our lives. I think it complements what you read here.


    • Hi Nancy! I’m glad you liked the post. The book is definitely worth checking out. It made me think about a lot of different things. I actually highlighted pages and took notes.
      I have not read Emotional Equations, but I just checked it out. Looks like another book I would be interested in. Hopefully, I can get to it soon. I have a stack of books by my bedside already! :-)

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