“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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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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There is a World War I era song titled, How Ya Gonna Keep Em Down On The Farm, after they’ve seen Paris (pronounced in the song as Par-ee)? Farm boys had gone off to war in Europe at a time when farm boys knew no other life than the one they were living on the farm. Up…

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On behalf of the members of the CPA Consultants’ Alliance, I hope you have enjoyed and benefited from our 2015 blog series focused on the central theme of Bridging the Gap-Strengthening the Connection Between Current and Emerging Leaders. The membership of the CPA Consultants’ Alliance is comprised of many of the top thought leaders in…

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When I begin to work with a new CPA firm client, one of the most common issues I encounter is the lack of open, honest, on-going communication between firm leadership and firm team members. In many firms, some leaders are still in the mindset that many of the management and partner topics need to confidential.…

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The CPA Consultants’ Alliance (CPACA), a group of thought leaders working together to further leadership within the CPA profession, recently held its annual meeting to discuss the most pressing leadership challenges facing the CPA profession and identify solutions to address these challenges.  Following the meeting, CPACA members were asked to comment on the single most…

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According to a recent article on Fast Company, 70% of today’s workforce is actively looking for another job or is open to hearing about a new job opportunity. Another study tells us that a recent college graduate will hold between 15 to 20 jobs in their career. That means they are going to change jobs every…

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Bob Moritz, the Chairman of PwC, in an article via Harvard Business Review, talks about how the firm has changed and what they must now do to engage (and retain) their young, Millennial workforce. I have been attempting to help CPAs better understand Millennials for almost a decade and I believe that many CPA firm leaders have embraced…

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You have read a lot about it. I have written a lot about it. Hopefully, you are working on it. I am referring to developing and retaining engaged employees. Per the Gallup organization, there are three types of employees: ENGAGED employees work with passion and feel a profound connection to their company. They drive innovation and move the…

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