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This US Tax Reform proposal could impact your corporate relocation budget in 2018!

Did you know… there is currently a house bill on the table for US tax reform that if passed, will make all relocation expenses taxable income for your employees relocating? This includes the movement of household goods and storage. The repeal of these moving expense provisions would greatly increase gross-up expenses for your employees relocating. 

WorldwideERC website states “The Senate plan released on November 9 repeals the moving expense deduction, as well as the exclusion for moving expenses paid or reimbursed by an employer, effective January 1, 2018. The moving expense deduction makes relocation more affordable for businesses and individuals and spurs economic growth. Without the deduction, a relocation will be costlier for companies and employees, and will impact decisions on whether the move makes sense.”

There is an exception for US military and the bill will not affect expats and their employers. You can read more information about this tax reform on the WorldwideERC website.

Call to Action: Write a letter to your congressman ASAP requesting that they help restore this tool vital to workforce mobility. You can access this information at WorldwideERC or American Moving and Storage Association.

This has been A Relocation Minute on “US Tax Reform” with Bruce Waller, For more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out our my social media Facebook and Twitter page.

Also, check out www.BruceWaller.com for information on my latest leadership book “Find Your Lane” on sale at Amazon!

5 ways to Pursue a Gold Medal Daily…

5 ways to Pursue a Gold Medal Daily… A Book Summary of “The Golden Rules” by Bob Bowman.

The 2016 Summer Olympics has been fascinating to watch this month as world class athletes from around the world compete for an Olympic medal and a chance to represent their country on the podium. I recently finished an amazing book by Bob Bowman who provides 10 steps to World Class Excellence in your life and work. Bob Bowman is the Olympic swim coach for Michael Phelps and for the US Olympic Team. Bob shares some amazing stories and leadership lessons on his journey with other athletes as a swimming coach. This is a must read for those pursuing improvement in school, in business or in your personal life. The story is about coaching and developing people to help them become world class and pursue their dreams to one day be in the Olympics.

As we all know, Michael Phelps is now one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history, but it didn’t happen overnight. Bob shares “The Method” which is a process he uses for training each athlete as they go on a journey to pursue their dreams of being a champion. “The Method” requires sustained effort to push you to improve something each day by setting intermediate goals which will help people avoid complacency. As I reflect on some of the lessons using this process, I can’t help but think about how we can all use “The Method” to improve in all facets of life. Pursuing Gold

Here are just a few takeaways from “The Method” that might elevate you in your current role:

  1. Dream Big. Do you have a dream in your current role to be the VP of HR, or CEO? Or how about a sales leader for your company? Think about something big that will bring joy to your life and write it down to start the process? The more you dream, the farther you will go!
  2. Adapt an ALL IN Attitude. I love the quote from one of our founders that said “Every day is a good day, and some days are even better.” There may be some days that feel more challenging than others, but when you are committed to something big, you will less likely quit before you reach success.
  3. Have a Game Plan. This is one of the most important things you can do in your profession. Make a list of things you want to accomplish each day that align with goals in life. Setting short term goals will lead to long term success. Do you set goals? Do you write them down and share with others? Take some time set small goals and write them down this week. Most importantly, share them with others close to you to help you with accountability.
  4. Live the vision every day. One of the things Bob emphasized is to have a consistent daily routine. My day starts each morning at 5am with quiet time to create clarity and a workout so I can be at my best as I get ready to start the day.
  5. Bring Purpose. I love the quote Bob uses when talking about purpose. “With Everyday Excellence, you are attempting to be excellent every day.”

Lastly, Bob also emphasizes how important it is to be around “Like Minded” people. Success starts with surrounding yourself with great people to help guide you on your journey. I am a better person today only because of the people I am surrounded by.

Go Team USA!

Call to action: Whats your dream? Do you have written goals to help you achieve the results for success. Take some time to review what’s important to you and apply some goals to help you reach some milestones along the way. This process will create momentum for you as you pursue each goal to help reach where you want to go in business and in your personal life. Then ask yourself “What’s Next”?

This has been “A Relocation Minute” on “Pursing A Gold Medal Daily” with Bruce Waller, for more information on relocation resources, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com. Follow me on Twitter too!

Meet Jim Powers, President and CEO, UniGroup, Inc. BeALifter Leadership Interview Series # 6: 10 Questions with Bruce Waller

10 Questions from Leaders that make a difference!

BeALifter Leadership Interview Series #6: Sharing Leadership Lessons with Bruce Waller…

Jim Rohn once said, “Your success in the next 5 years will be determined by the books you read and the people you meet.”

This is a testimony to my personal leadership growth over the past 20 years. I continue to learn each day by connecting with some of the most talented people in business. In this series, I want to add value to your leadership growth by introducing you to leaders that make impact as they share challenges, successes, and perspectives on their journey as a business leader and in their personal life. So lets get started…

Today, we are going to hear from James Powers, President  and CEO, UniGroup, Inc. Jim became President of UniGroup and CEO of its operating subsidiaries, which includes United Van Lines in November 2014. Jim joined UniGroup in 2001 as the company’s chief financial officer and assumed the additional responsibility of senior vice president in 2006. In 2010 he briefly left UniGroup returning 2012 to serve as the president of UniGroup Logistics, a position he held until being appointed to his current role.of operating. I had an opportunity to personally meet Jim in 2015 during our Armstrong Relocation Presidents Club event and know you are going to really enjoy this interview.Powers_Jim

Now, let’s hear from Jim…

1. Where did you grow up?

I was born in Cincinnati, OH, but grew up in St. Louis. My parents were both from St. Louis and moved back when I was four years old.

2. How did you get started in business/career?

I attended Rockhurst College in Kansas City on a soccer scholarship. The soccer coach, Tony Tocco, was also a very good accounting professor. I majored in accounting, went to work for Arthur Andersen in 1983 and became a CPA.

3. Do you remember a challenge or life lesson that you had to overcome early in your career which made you a better leader?

Many of the great leadership lessons I learned while playing team sports. Many times on an athletic field, it isn’t the best collection of players who win the game, but the team with the best leaders. What I learned on many fields and tried to coach myself through the years, is to never surrender – regardless of the score.

4. What was that moment when you knew that you had found your lane, your purpose?

It wasn’t right out of the gate. In fact, in my first few weeks at Arthur Andersen, an instructor at a training session suggested to me that I may not be cut out for my role. I have used that straight-forward conversation with that instructor from 1983, as motivation through the years, especially on those occasions when someone may have doubted my abilities.

5. What is your most favorite achievement in your current role?

I believe the team we have developed at UniGroup is rock solid. It is a mix of those who have been here for a while and some new talent sprinkled into key spots.

6. Is there any one person that inspired or mentored you along the way?

Many people have inspired and mentored me through the years. Tom Watson is certainly one over the last 15 years who has provided both great counsel and great example of what it takes to successfully lead an organization.

7. Do you have a saying or mantra that you live by?

I don’t believe in ‘live to fight another day’… ‘if there is going to be a fight, let’s have it today so we can move forward’.

8. What book are you reading or audio to help grow your leadership right now?

Heroic Leadership by Chris Lowney.

9. Can you share any of your daily disciplines that help you stay focused as a leader?

Self-assessment – what is working, what is not. Team assessment – reinforce to team that they have my support but also provide direct feedback – even (especially) when not pleasant.

10. What advice would you give others to help them on their leadership journey?

There is not an answer guide and no two people will find success by taking the same path. Figure out what is important to you, what is important to those who have put faith in you to lead and what is important to those working for you. Be clear about the vision and work as a team to determine the path forward.

Thank YOU Jim, for sharing your wisdom, inspiring us, and being a lifter for others! Some of my interview takeaways include: Team sports is a great classroom for leadership education. Never surrendering, regardless of the score is a great mantra and a great reminder for all of us during challenging times. When someone doubts you,  use it as motivation to achieve your goals. Mentors can make a significant difference on your leadership journey, find a good one! When we are faced with challenges, try deal with them immediately so that you can move forward. Always evaluate what’s working, and what’s not working to make timely adjustments. …And finally, team reinforcement and giving direct feedback makes a difference. Figure out what’s important to you and to those around you, and share your vision for maximum team success!

What are your leadership takeaways? Send me a note  to bwaller@goarmstrong.com. I would enjoy hearing from you.

Bruce Waller, CRP, PHR, SHRM-CP is the Vice President of Armstrong Relocation and Companies in Dallas, Texas. You can visit his BLOG “A Relocation Minute with Bruce Waller” at https://brucewaller.wordpress.com/ for more information on employee relocation resources, If you would like more information on this interview, or know other top business leaders that would like to be a lifter and share their leadership perspective, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com. You can also follow Bruce on Twitter @brucewaller!