I hope when you saw the picture associated with this post that it brought back fond memories of Donald Trump. Putting aside his famous line (and his awesome hair), we are just getting over one of our country’s worst economic speed bumps as far as firing is concerned. The line “INSPIRE, Not Fire” comes from part of the subtitle of my second book, The Argument to Automate – How Innovation Can INSPIRE Not Fire. The meaning of the line comes from a lesson I learned about automating accounting processes.

As I started to mature as an automator, I thought the real advantage to automation would be headcount reduction… you know, firing people. What I learned is that headcount reduction is not preferred in small and medium-sized companies. You know, the small and medium-sized companies that employ 90% of the American working population. In those companies they can’t afford to lose key people, even when times are bad. I wrote The Argument to Automate to answer the question, “Other than firing people, why would my company want to automate?” In my experience, there are nine good reasons to automate.

I guess I could come right out and tell you what the nine are, but where would the fun be in that? So, I would like more than anything to teach, or have a conversation with you about the nine and how to find out which of the nine will work for you. Since there is a great educational opportunity coming up soon, an invitation is in order. The kind folks at IFO – The Institute of Financial Operations (I love these people) have asked me to talk to anyone who can sign up and successfully launch a ReadyTalk session to join me in a purely educational webinar on why a company should automate when headcount reduction is not an option.

Here is the link, and I hope to see you online.

Buy the book – The Argument to Automate – How Innovation Can INSPIRE Not Fire – click here to buy

(Also) To get your copy of The 8 Pitfalls of Accounts Payable Automation – click here to buy

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