Personal Development

Don’t take things from other people.

I thought I learned that as a kid, but apparently I didn’t.  In this all too true story about the early years of my accounting practice, I took things from other people without realizing it and ultimately of course I paid the price. As you read this, consider if you’ve unwittingly taken things from others.…

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Delegation Missteps

Are you a current leader in your firm – possibly a Partner, Manager or Supervisor? If you are, you understand that one of the skills you must develop is that of being able to delegate effectively to team members. Unfortunately, we must also negotiate the missteps that can derail us from being able to move…

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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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Retaining & Developing Diverse Talent

Jane is a minority with ten years of experience in public accounting. She is certified and versatile in the areas of practice in which she might contribute now and in the future.  She has deep community roots in the major metropolitan area in which she works and she has shown great promise in promoting the…

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Perceptions of You

What do people really think of you? Do you even care? Do you care too much? Many of the managers and executives I coach and train start off by being surprised and maybe even slightly insulted to think that they need to improve their leadership skills. After all, they wouldn’t have been promoted if they…

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What’s in Your Head Can Make, or Cost, You Millions

While I’ve long since given up my boyhood hopes of becoming a superhero, I continued to hold on to the notion that there was some special, magical “something” out there that allows us to have all the great things we want in life, and little or none of the bad stuff. Fortunately, to my surprise,…

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What Will You Keep, Stop and Start In 2014?

My mom asks me every New Year’s what my New Year’s Resolutions are.  I typically have a hard time setting them – even the old standbys. As I contemplate resolutions for the coming year, I’m reminded about a question that my partner, Jack Lee, asked in one of his blog series on goal-setting: “My question…

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The 8 Rules of the Ever Elusive “Work Life Balance”

The seemingly endless conflict over the demands of the profession and steadily increasing desire of men and women to depart from the “baby boomer all-consuming career” is not going to diminish any time soon.  The good news is: there are practical steps you can take as an individual and/or an organizational leader to impact this…

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