Posts by Sandra Wiley

10 Keys to Success for Emerging Leaders

It’s an exciting time to be an emerging leader in the accounting profession! We’re in the middle of a convergence of four opportunities that provide fantastic potential. The profession is undergoing a transformation from automation, machine learning, and big data. Leadership is turning over at a record pace as Boomers retire and Gen X and…

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3 Steps for Building a Strengths-Based Firm

The war for talent has been going on for quite a while, and your team is feeling the impact. Staff is overextended. You’re losing key team members to other firms and they need to be replaced. You know you want the best possible hire, someone who can quickly start contributing and who will hopefully stay…

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7 Tips for Developing a Personal Strategic Plan

Life is like a book. The phases you go through are the chapters that define who you become. Developing the chapters of your life can be a rewarding and exciting activity if you develop a plan and follow the process. Much like the strategic plan that you develop for your firm, a personal strategic plan…

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The Search for Sustainable Employee Engagement

Firm leaders throughout the country are looking for ways to increase employee engagement and motivation. Often, they are frustrated when they hear reports that the only answer is increasing employee compensation. While compensation is undoubtedly important, I believe if we focus strictly on compensation we will miss some of the most important drivers of engagement…

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The Value of Continuous Performance Improvement

In firms today, there are few leaders that do not see the value in performance management (PM) and there is intense focus on creating a process that will effectively engage and motivate the team.  The desire to improve the value of time and effective outcomes are ever-increasing to find the best business strategy.  And while…

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Finding Brilliance In Yourself – and others!

Have you ever come across one of those topics that you hear over and over from your friends, peers or in trade publications that just keeps bubbling to the top of conversations?  I hear them all the time, but one in particular has been buzzing around in my circle of influence recently.  The ability –…

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Critical Thinking

Many skill sets are needed as professionals enter the workforce. As I travel around the country to conferences and meet with clients, one concern seems to bubble to the top. The lack of critical thinking skills.  I would challenge the reading audience to consider this has nothing to do with age, but possibly more with…

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Quick Recovery After April 15

April 15 has passed and for many, burnout is alive and well.  The long hours and intense deadlines have left you drained – physically and emotionally.  While you may indeed be secretly wishing you could go bury yourself in your home for a month and sleep,  the reality is that you may not feel you…

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They Don’t Want to Be Owners!

In our ongoing series about bridging the gap between management and emerging leaders, we would be remiss in not addressing the topic of moving from emerging leader to owner.  The perception among many in our profession is that there are fewer individuals at the senior and manager levels who aspire to be an owner and,…

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Improve Communication in Your Firm

As we survey firm team members and ask them what leaders could do to improve culture and engagement in their firm, the overwhelming #1 response we hear is “we need better communication”. The response I get from leaders is “we have been working on that every year, will it ever be good enough?”  My answer…

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