Posts by Sarah Johnson Dobek

7 Reasons CPA Firms Don’t Achieve the Growth They Desire

Growing a CPA firm isn’t easy. There are many dynamics that must align to get a team rowing in the right direction. With a distinct gap between growth rates of the best-performing firms and the rest of the pack its no surprise that high-growth accounting firms have a “secret sauce.” In this blog post, we’ve identified 7 reasons why…

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The Keys to Establishing a Proper Company Culture

We hear a lot of conversation today about company culture and the impact it can have on the many aspects of an accounting firm’s success. We could debate what that means, but I want to focus instead on how you can create a proper company culture. Most people know they want to change or shift…

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6 Tips for Fostering Leadership in Your Organization

Leadership is one of the top issues facing accounting firms today. We often hear firms say they can’t find or don’t have good leaders in their organization. As most of us know, leaders don’t usually fall off trees. In any organization, fostering leadership takes time and intention. As a current leader, you have to be…

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Staying Focused in 2015

The beginning of the year is time of renewal for everyone. We set resolutions and goals and swear this will be the best year yet. Then reality sets in. Day-to-day pressures take over, and we get derailed. Your well-intentioned goal to get out there during tax season is stifled by the client work and the…

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Why You Must Fail Before You Can Grow

While I don’t believe there is a ‘silver bullet’ to growth, I do believe there are certain things that significantly impact growth within an accounting firm. One of those destructive ingredients is failure – and more importantly, the attitude around failure. As an accountant, you are taught to find mistakes and correct them. Detail-oriented, precise…

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3 Secrets of High-Growth CPA Firms

When it comes to accounting firm growth, there is a distinct gap between growth rates of the best-performing firms and the rest of the pack. In the 2013 IPA survey, it was reported that the top firms grow at a rate of 7%, compared to a paltry 2.8% for the average accounting firm. How do…

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4 Key Traits That Will Propel Your Career

We are fortunate to work with a lot of CPA firms. As a result, we hear day in and day out about the many challenges they face. The number one challenge right now for most firms is succession planning. If I had a nickel for every time I heard a firm ask about getting the…

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How Do You Show Gratitude to Your Employees?

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Partially because I love to eat, but mostly because it is about celebrating and being thankful for what we have. Each year, I write about some aspect that we can focus on in our businesses and this year, I am choosing to highlight gratitude for your employees. You…

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What’s your Internal Communication Strategy?

If email or handbooks were your response- you aren’t alone.  In a recent presentation I co-hosted on “Making Internal Communication a Culture Must-Have” ,  99% of  the respondents used email and handbooks as a primary tool for communicating internally. While many firm’s are communicating, there is still a big gap. In a recent study by…

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