Coaching Requires Compassion

Compassion isn’t an emotion that comes naturally to me. On the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Personality Assessment, I’m an ISTJ, and it’s those last two letters that get in my way. TJs are rational and logical versus emotional. We prefer to address problems objectively using data – create a pros and cons list, compare the…

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It’s Time to Embrace Virtual Learning

If you’re one of the thousands of people who has recently transitioned to a remote work environment, hopefully you’re beginning to find your rhythm. The current pandemic has forced some professionals to adopt work from home (WFH) protocols, and some firms to support it perhaps before being “ready”. There is no doubt that the accounting…

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To Address Racism at Work: Stop Microaggressions First!

With this month’s trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, reflections about the past year’s events involving George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Christian Cooper, and Jacob Blake are stirring new support for racial justice and equality. Organizations and CPA firms have been making public declarations, posting in social media and funding…

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Accounting Firm Revenue Growth Stuck? Check Your Marketing, Business Development Alignment

Marketing and business development. When these two functions work in tandem, accounting firm growth can soar; however, too often, misaligned – or unclear – goals and expectations lead these two revenue generators to work independently and become counterproductive. Many professionals get tripped up trying to do both at the same time, so understanding the goal…

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Creating a Learning Culture

We’re in the knowledge business, and those firms that do the best job of imparting knowledge, developing skills, and building future capacity have the best prospects for long-term success and competitive advantage. In this blog, we’ll explore ideas to help you enhance your firm’s learning culture and make a commitment to life-long learning.  What is…

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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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Presentations Can Cement Your Leadership Position

When was the last time you spoke in front of an audience? If the answer is “never” or “a long time ago” you may want to focus on finding an opportunity to present to an audience, either in person, through a live webinar or another online option. Many people ignore these valuable chances to address…

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Pull Your Projects out of the Black Hole

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over…” ~ Steve Maraboli Do you ever feel like your projects have fallen into a black hole? You might be delegating them to a particular person, or putting a return “in the drawer”, or empowering a team…

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Normalizing Remote Work

It seems hard to believe right now, but just a few months ago, people were arguing that remote work couldn’t be efficient or effective in an accounting firm. Recent events put that theory to the test, and many of those naysayers have changed their tune. Still, it’s essential to consider that even as states and…

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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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