The war for talent has been going on for quite a while, and your team is feeling the impact. Staff is overextended. You’re losing key team members to other firms and they need to be replaced. You know you want the best possible hire, someone who can quickly start contributing and who will hopefully stay…

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Life is like a book. The phases you go through are the chapters that define who you become. Developing the chapters of your life can be a rewarding and exciting activity if you develop a plan and follow the process. Much like the strategic plan that you develop for your firm, a personal strategic plan…

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Firm leaders throughout the country are looking for ways to increase employee engagement and motivation. Often, they are frustrated when they hear reports that the only answer is increasing employee compensation. While compensation is undoubtedly important, I believe if we focus strictly on compensation we will miss some of the most important drivers of engagement…

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“Paychecks can’t buy passion.” – Brad Federman It is getting to be a rather tiring topic. To be successful, you must have employees who are engaged. You can Google the topic and find all kinds of advice. The fact is, there is an overwhelming number of people who are not engaged in their work. To…

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Have you ever come across one of those topics that you hear over and over from your friends, peers or in trade publications that just keeps bubbling to the top of conversations?  I hear them all the time, but one in particular has been buzzing around in my circle of influence recently.  The ability –…

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Cyberbullying. Social Bullying.  Peer Pressure Bullying.  The topic of youth bullying has gained a lot of attention over the past several years.  You have probably read the stories and watched the videos of organizations working to end this epidemic that has been plaguing our school systems.  You have probably talked to your children about bullying-…

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Many skill sets are needed as professionals enter the workforce. As I travel around the country to conferences and meet with clients, one concern seems to bubble to the top. The lack of critical thinking skills.  I would challenge the reading audience to consider this has nothing to do with age, but possibly more with…

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Building a great CPA firm culture doesn’t happen automatically. Leaders must work at it and give culture-building a lot of attention. Managers must do their part and everyone down the line must be fostering the firm culture. Improving culture is not “flip the switch” type of activity. You build it bit-by-bit, over time and embracing…

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