Posts Tagged ‘client relationships’

D-Level Clients

Inside many firms, there is a sense of dread when certain client names are mentioned. Team members and even partners dread the time when they have to deal with certain clients. In the CPA profession, we call them D-level clients. Maybe some of the following descriptions might apply to those clients you dread: Fred, the…

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Define and Protect Your “Business Model Deal-Breakers”

We are spending a lot of time these days driving change to the current public accounting business model, including pushing for not-to-exceed pricing, unlimited paid time off and uber-flexibility, and turning over the reins to younger leaders earlier.   And that’s just a tiny sampling of the changes we believe firms can – and should —…

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You May Be Your Firm’s Biggest Differentiator

Who are your favorite vendors and business partners? Are they the ones with the best professional pedigrees and impressive lists of degrees and designations? Or are they the ones you look forward to seeing, whom you trust implicitly and just plain enjoy talking to, and for whom you have some personal context like family situation,…

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Do You Know What Your Clients’ Silence Means?

When I teach topics like deepening client relationships and delivering exceptional client service, I discuss the importance of proactively meeting with clients outside of your regular engagement to further your relationship, identify any potential service issues and uncover new opportunities to add value. Participants nod their heads in agreement and some even approach this discussion…

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