By Lisa Purichia
Partner, Director of Accounting Services & Retirement Plan Services

Attitude is vital in leading your organization through the challenging times we have experienced this year. As the leader, your attitude and approach to problems will set the stage for what happens next. Without the appropriate response, your team will either rise to the challenge or fall into despair.

Amid COVID and the general upheaval in the world right now, it's sometimes hard to put on a happy face. But as the leader of a company, you must maintain composure and keep your team motivated. Now more than ever, it's important to pump up your efforts to boost employee morale. Your demonstration of a confident response to these many challenges in somewhat unchartered waters will solidify your team's response.

By Eric Woodruff, CPA, CCIFP
Partner, Audit & Assurance Services

A leader is only as strong as the team behind them. As you continue adapting to how COVID's changing the business world, you might want to step back and consider your team. Now is the time for your ego to take a backseat. During challenging periods like this, you shouldn't try to do everything yourself. Admit your weaknesses and surround yourself with people who have the strengths you don't possess.
Listed below are some tips to help you get started on the path toward embracing and strengthening your team.

Christopher Sargent started as an intern for Sponsel CPA Group in the spring of 2016 and became a full-time staff member in the fall of 2017. Christopher was recently promoted to a Senior Accountant. As a Senior Accountant in the Audit & Assurance Services department, his duties include conducting and supervising audits, reviews, compilations and agreed-upon procedures for clients across a broad spectrum of industries including construction, distribution, manufacturing, service and not-for-profit.

Christopher attended Ball State University, obtaining both his bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting, prior to starting with Sponsel CPA Group. He has obtained his CPA designation and is a member of the Indiana CPA Society's Young Professionals Leadership Academy.

New Staff Members!

We're pleased to welcome two new staff members, Sean Cain (left) and Wyatt Althoff (right). They both started last week and we're thrilled to have them onboard! 

Tax Extension Deadline Reminder

Don't miss another chance to e-file your 2019 tax return! If you applied for an extension, you now have until October 15 to file last year's taxes.

IRS Announces New Per Diem Rates

The IRS recently issued new per diem rates that taxpayers can use to substantiate the amount of expenses they can deduct for lodging, meals and incidental expenses when they're traveling away from home, effective Oct. 1, 2020. Read more here.