Balancing Health Challenges and Business

You don’t have to be an accountant to know that tax season is their busiest time of year. It can be enough of a challenge to balance home, work and self-care during those months but when a life-threatening condition is thrown into the mix, the wheels can come off in a hurry. In this episode, David Radke shares his experience of having a stroke just as tax season was beginning, and the important factors that came into play to keep the firm – and his recovery – running smoothly.  

David Radke is President and Managing Partner of Williams & Company, as well as being in charge of the Onawa, Iowa office. He joined the firm in 1981 and has several specialties including government and not-for-profit audit and consulting, tax planning and preparation, and city budget preparation and consulting. He is a member of numerous professional associations and serves on various boards and committees in the community.

“As far as today with [COVID-19], keep calm and try to keep your employees calm and thinking smart.”

What You'll Learn From This Episode:

  • What a stroke is and how to recognize the symptoms
  • The two ways blood supply to the brain is interrupted, causing a stroke
  • Who is likely to have a stroke and how many die each year
  • Why it is the leading cause of disability worldwide
  • The “FAST” and the “BEFAST” ways to recognize if someone is having a stroke
  • Why speed is of the essence in getting medical help
  • What “SSEEO” is and how it supports survivors of stroke and their families
  • Dave shares his story of having a stroke just as tax season was beginning
  • Some of the challenges personally and for the firm during his recovery
  • One of the most important elements for recovery
  • Adjustments in the firm that helped him recover
  • Some of the ways that the support of firm, family and friends can help
  • How Dave and the firm got through tax season
  • How COVID-19 impacted tax season for Dave’s firm
  • How virtual offices can affect productivity, both positively and negatively
  • How the firm has handled remote audits successfully, as well as some of the challenges
  • Fun Fact: Just how far Dave will go as an Iowa State Cyclone fan

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