Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Accounting: What Is Ours to Do?

The murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 heightened many Americans’ awareness of the deeply rooted, systemic racism that has existed in our country since inception and continues to evolve over the years. As a profession that has been historically dominated by white people – white men, in particular, considering even today, women represent…

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5 ways to navigate the discomfort of change

As we emerge out of the cocoon we’ve all been living in the past year and a half, countless opportunities to transform your accounting firm await. However, opportunities usually don’t come without their challenges. As you make this shift into the future over the next few months, it’s likely that you’re already becoming aware of…

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Coaching cultures are inclusive cultures

We’re excited to hear a lot of talk about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in accounting firms around the world! Yet, the resounding theme we hear is, “This is hard!” Why does DEI feel so hard for accountants? Fostering an inclusive culture can be especially challenging at accounting firms because we usually want to solve the problem…

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How can struggle make you a better leader?

Leaders struggle, too. By now, many of us have settled into a “new pandemic normal,” which basically means trying to move forward with our day-to-day responsibilities with zero clarity about what the future holds. Things are not getting easier, are they? Let’s take a step back for a moment and acknowledge the situation we are in.…

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Navigating fear in times of uncertainty

Ever since the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a global pandemic, fear and uncertainty have been running rampant.   Instead of getting unconsciously swept away in the tide of collective fear, we invite you to hit pause and reflect. In times of uncertainty, it’s easy to let fear and worry drive our thoughts,…

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Leading in challenging times

Most of us are facing unprecedented challenges these days.  We’re working remotely, homeschooling our children, keeping up with recent legislation, supporting our clients…all while navigating fear during these uncertain times. The combination of all these things may be enough to paralyze you. We understand. Sometimes, we feel stuck, too. It’s part of being human. We also…

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What is Your Why and Why Does it Matter?

These days, it seems like we’re always rushing around. We’re always busy, busy…we love to cross things off our to-do list. How often do you stop to think about why you’re doing all the things you’re doing? Why do you do the things you do, in your work and in your personal life? I’ll be the first to…

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How Can You Simplify Complex Decisions?

Recently, I turned down a very good business opportunity. The opportunity presented unlimited long-term growth potential. With exceptional people who are leaders in their field. People who share my vision and values. The work provided a healthy balance of challenge, growth and fulfillment. And it paid well. You may be wondering…what was I thinking?! What…

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5 Simple (Not Always Easy!) Ways to Be a Better Boss

Have you ever wondered how you can be a better boss? If you have, I acknowledge you for asking this question. It means you want to learn. It means you want to be better. It means you care about your role, your team and your organization. Many people never even ask this question! There is a…

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The #1 Thing Holding You Back

What is the number one thing that holds you back from being the best leader you can be? I believe the answer is quite simple. It’s you…yes, you are the one holding yourself back. More than the “people who make your life difficult.” Even more than the “cards you’ve been dealt.” It’s the beliefs you…

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