Posts Tagged ‘Communication skills’

The Hard Truth about Soft Skills

“We’re in a relationship business.” I’ve heard this more times than I can count during the 20+ years I’ve worked with CPAs firms. It’s the one constant in the CPA profession. But, I wonder…have we devalued relationship building? We have access to limitless technology tools as a means of communicating and finding the information and…

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Bridging the Gap: Staying Independent vs. Selling or Merging

Most of the firms we work with on succession planning start off with a strong preference to remain independent, and not sell or merge in order to address the need to payoff and replace retiring owners. The common reasons we are given for this inclination are- Control-Most owners of small to mid-sized CPA firms like…

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Keeping Your Team Members Connected, Engaged and Energized

A recent survey conducted by the AICPA showed one of the biggest concerns accounting firms are facing today is employee retention and engagement. This is no surprise and is endemic throughout the entire profession.  As the economy takes a turn for the better, the rate at which team members are leaving their current employment or…

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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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The Culture of Continuous Improvement

Lean Six Sigma and Change Management are popular concepts in accounting firms today.  Most firms start their “Lean Journey” with an eye toward improved efficiency and controlling engagement costs.  But after a successful first project, many leaders in our profession rave about all of the ancillary benefits they are beginning to see within their organizations. …

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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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Sponsorship-Barrier to Exit for Talent

Jayne is a woman with ten years of experience in public accounting.    She is certified and versatile in multiple 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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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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AAA 2015 Paperless Benchmark Survey Results… Bleeding or Stable Digital Edge?

The Association for Accounting Administration recently completed the 2015 Paperless Benchmarking survey to find out the status of paperless office practices in accounting firms this upcoming busy season. The survey has been conducted every two years beginning in 2003 to help identify trends in adopting “less paper” processes.  Seven NEW questions were added this year…

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