Moving from a Performance Culture to a Growth Culture

For years, the accounting profession has been focused on performance. The work we do is complex, and firms have a lot of competition to attract and retain quality clients, deliver engagements efficiently and effectively, remain profitable and grow. The irony is that focusing on performance doesn’t always deliver the desired results. The problem with performance…

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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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Guiding Your Talent Through Challenging Time

As we continue to navigate these uncharted waters, I thought I should share some thoughts and best practices for seeing your people through these tough times. Remain positive Personally, my own emotions and anxiety levels have been up and down as I watch the news, talk to friends, family members, clients and colleagues. I imagine…

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How to Increase Productivity While at Home

Being productive at work sounds simple – just do the best you can every day. Unfortunately, due to the never-ending demands that are placed upon us and by us, it is much more complicated than it sounds. Now, with our normal routines changing due to COVID-19 and Shelter in Place orders, it is becoming even…

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Becoming a Flex-Forward Firm

At ConvergenceCoaching, we’re huge proponents of flexible work programs, or what we like to call Anytime, Anywhere Work™ programs. We’ve been operating in a flexible, virtual environment ourselves for almost 18 years and the strategies we use to keep our team connected and operating efficiently are the same ones we teach to our clients. Philosophically,…

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4 Surprising Facts About Remote Accountants

You know by now that the remote revolution is upon us. Workers are embracing work-from-home options and flooding to the gig economy in droves. According to a 2017 report, 3.9 million employees currently work from home at least half the time. That’s a 115% increase in remote workers since 2005. But misconceptions about remote work permeate the…

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You’re NEVER Too Busy to Give Feedback

 “Make feedback normal. Not a performance review.” ~ Ed Batista You’re in the middle of busy season, with multiple engagements in play and the team running in fifteen different directions. Are you giving feedback to the people working on your jobs, in your groups or assigned to you? If not, you’re missing an opportunity to deliver…

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Types of Flexible Work Arrangements

Once you’ve decided to offer flexible work options for your staff, what’s next? Flexible work arrangements are not a one-size-fits-all solution. In fact, there are nine types of flexible work arrangements. Flextime Flextime involves giving staff flexibility on the start and finish times of their working day, typically with a mandatory “core” time in the…

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Assigning Ownership Accelerates Your People Development

With so much transition and retirement happening in public accounting, people development is a hot topic. Firms are wondering what they can do to accelerate their team member’s learning and get them ready faster, and are creating innovative new training programs to do so. But there’s a missing component in our dotted line environment, where…

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Effective Recovery for Your Team After Opportunity Season

Tax season. Opportunity season. Whatever you call it, one of the downsides is the potential for team member burnout before, during, or after the April 17 deadline. The corporate and individual tax deadlines are brutal in a normal year, but when coupled with the recent tax law changes and all the uncertainty surrounding them, you’d…

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