Succession Planning

Four Steps to Faster People Development

“Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it.” — Henry Mintzberg With the Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) retiring at a clip of 10,000 per day, the skills transfer necessary to get the next generation ready to take over the reins is monumental. Most leaders have a limited amount of time available…

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What’s the Multiple?

Valuations in the sale of accounting firms have declined in the past few years as more and more Baby Boomer practitioners seek an external solution to their succession needs. The market is behaving in a standard way to supply and demand. In today’s market what is the right multiple if you are buying or selling…

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Buying Out Retiring Partners

Surveys tell us a huge percent of accounting firms are facing the prospects of partners retiring in the near future. In most cases, this is going to lead to the need for the firm to buy the equity of the retiring partner, usually in the form of paying out capital and retirement or deferred compensation…

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Recruiting Strategies for a Tight Labor Market

Most accounting firm partners have unrealistic expectations about hiring qualified CPAs. It’s not as simple as posting a job and getting applicants. The process takes much longer and costs more than most realize. If you want to recruit successfully, it’s important to put in the work and set realistic expectations. Although there are more college…

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5 Reasons to Leverage & Delegate Client Contact

The word “succession” is used daily in our industry.  Whether discussing it strategically at an executive level and what it means for partners, reading it in an industry publication, or talking to rising leaders – the issues and conversations around succession are front and center in many firms.  And we need to have serious dialogue…

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Building Your Bench for Succession – A Few Ideas to Help You

Thousands of firms are working through the succession and retirement of senior partners and deciding along the way whether or not they can pull it off internally and stay independent. The single most important factor for success is what we see when we look over our shoulder – is the bench of people there to…

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Building Your Bench For Succession

Thousands of firms are working through the succession and retirement of senior partners and deciding along the way whether or not they can pull it off internally and stay independent. The single most important factor for success is what we see when we look over our shoulder – is the bench of people there to…

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Can You Afford to Buy-out the Retiring Partners of Your Firm?

Many firms are struggling with the prospects of paying retirement buyout payments for their senior partners who will be retiring in the next few years. In some cases, several partners will be receiving retirement buyouts simultaneously. The financial burden can seem daunting. As we have emphasized in earlier blogs, make sure you first have the…

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