In my leadership development work, I have the privilege of working with high-potential rising stars within firms. In the past few years, we’ve noticed that an increasing number of those participating in our programs come to us with a reticence to speak up. And I don’t mean speak their mind. I mean simply talking more in internal…

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Many question whether a gender issue exists in our profession. I did not expect to encounter this issue as part of the INSIDE Public Accounting/ConvergenceCoaching research study, “The Road to Retention: Motivators and Drivers for Young Public Accounting Professionals.” What I anticipated was generationally-focused feedback highlighting the differences between mature and younger professionals.   Digging…

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Yesterday, I had three conversations with leaders of firms in completely different geographies, of a variety of sizes about slightly different, but completely related topics:  a lack of traction in a mentoring program, an inability to get engagement reviews completed and concerns that a partner group didn’t have enough empathy to engage people. In all…

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