Posts by Jennifer Lee Wilson

What Gender Issue?

Many question whether a gender issue exists in our profession. I did not expect to encounter this issue as part of the INSIDE Public Accounting/ConvergenceCoaching research study, “The Road to Retention: Motivators and Drivers for Young Public Accounting Professionals.” What I anticipated was generationally-focused feedback highlighting the differences between mature and younger professionals.   Digging…

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Want to Keep Your Next Gen? FLEX!

Our 2016 Anytime, AnywhereTM Work Survey Will Show You How   We’re excited to present the results from the ConvergenceCoaching 2016 Anytime, AnywhereTM Work Survey, celebrating our third year studying public accounting firm flexible work initiatives. In this first blog in our series, we’ll share the highlights of this year’s survey with responses from 160…

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Define and Protect Your “Business Model Deal-Breakers”

We are spending a lot of time these days driving change to the current public accounting business model, including pushing for not-to-exceed pricing, unlimited paid time off and uber-flexibility, and turning over the reins to younger leaders earlier.   And that’s just a tiny sampling of the changes we believe firms can – and should —…

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The Role of Effort Today

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” –       Thomas Jefferson If there is something that truly troubles me these days, it’s a nagging fear that our nation is losing its competitive edge and that, once lost, it will take a Herculean effort to regain.  While…

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A Call For Change: An Open Letter To Each Generation

With three distinct generations in the workplace today, the impacts are phenomenal.  Firm leaders are challenged to balance and blend each generation’s unique historical context, motivators and somewhat differing values systems to create a unified team and a sustainable firm.   To ensure that the generations co-exist and collaborate, it is helpful to understand the…

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Why Do You Care Where I Work? Six Reasons to Go Virtual

Firms must move – and move now – to support virtual work environments. I’ll admit I’m biased.  For fifteen years, I have run a completely virtual business.  When not on the road speaking, teaching or consulting, each of our team members works from home in cities across the country.  From our inception, the information assets…

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You ARE Better Off Without Them!

I am writing this blog to firm leaders.  I don’t know how many times I have had Managing Partners or Executive Committee members share a story of a poor performing and/or poor behaving partner that they have let go.  Inevitably in the conversation, they will say, “We had all of these reasons why we couldn’t…

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Can You Feel The Power Shift?

78 million Baby Boomers, born from 1946-1964 need to transfer responsibility, wealth, and assets over the next 12-15 years. It might be easy to lull yourself into believing that the impact of this is a ways off.  But studies estimate that 10,000 to 12,000 people are retiring every day and the impact in firms (and…

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Communicate To Drive Change

“Every time I find the meaning of life, they change it.” Reinhold Niebuhr Have you found the meaning of life?  If we each had to define our meaning, the meanings we’d interpret would be as diverse as our backgrounds, experiences and beliefs.  But no matter what you’re planning and expecting in this life, the one…

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Six Strategies for Going Deeper to Engage Your People

In the white paper CPA Firm Leadership:  Communication Drives New Possibilities produced by the CPA Consultants’ Alliance, the nearly 800 CPA firm team member respondents indicated that the two things most missing in their firm’s leadership were: Communication at the right time to the right audiences, and The ability to develop a strong team and…

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