Leadership

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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Growing and Developing Future Leaders is a Two-Way Street

Firms are at a crossroad when it comes to transitioning to the next generation of leaders. According to the CPACA study on Succession Readiness 48.3% of firms of all sizes cite “lack of future leadership talent” as a primary obstacle in their succession. While some partners believe there is a lack of leadership talent within…

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What’s the Why?

As firms wrestle with Baby Boomer succession, the differences in attitudes, thinking and motivators between current and future leaders can sometimes be great. More often than not those differences or gaps are major contributors to the absence of future leaders who are on deck and ready to step into the shoes of the retiring partners.…

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A Winning Culture is an Intentional Culture

“People will typically be more enthusiastic where they feel a sense of belonging and see themselves as part of a community than they will in a workplace in which each person is left to his own devices” ― Alfie Kohn, Author Your firm’s culture is the essence of its being and the way it feels to work…

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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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A Simple Way to Dissolve the Gap

There is a fundamentally false assumption that’s responsible for the gap between current and emerging firm leaders. This gap limits what we can accomplish, makes things harder than necessary, and undermines the very quality of our lives. What is this false assumption? That the reality we experience is “the reality” when in fact it, is…

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Bridging the Gap

Welcome to the 2015 blog series produced by the thought leaders that comprise the membership of the CPA Consultants’ Alliance (CPACA). This is the first of a series of 15 blogs that will be published by CPACA around the central theme of Bridging the Gap-Strengthening the Connection Between Current and Emerging Leaders. At our annual…

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Be the Firm You Want to Be

Every organization is perfectly designed to produce the results it’s producing. If you want a different result – you must change something. The originator of this phrase is debatable. Its premise is not. The business case for change is that firms that continue to do things as they have always done at some point will…

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Flexibility- Not Just About Part Time Work Schedules

Flexibility??  …Been there done that?  Or that won’t work here…our customers and clients are too demanding?  Do these comments sound familiar?  Read on to learn how flexibility may not be what you think. Building flexibility into a work culture impacts so much more than your employee’s intention to stay and contribute their very best to the organization.  While…

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