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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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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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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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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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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The Biggest Barrier to Anytime, Anywhere Work™ – Sludge

But there is a BIG issue lurking that can sabotage your firm’s move to a truly virtual Anytime, Anywhere Work™ firm and it’s called “SLUDGE.” In “real life,” sludge is defined as a muddy substance, dirty oil, sea ice, mire, muck and any number of other unproductive substances that slow or bog things down.  We first heard of sludge…

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8 Coping Strategies Getting Me Through This Pandemic

How are you? I mean, really. How are you doing over there? None of us could have anticipated this pandemic and the abrupt transformation of our lives as a result. And none of us would have pictured it continuing for all of 2020, but that’s exactly what it’s doing. Perhaps most disconcerting is that none…

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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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Asking for Transparency – What Does That Really Mean?

When facilitating visioning sessions with both current partners and their NextGen leaders, one element consistently emerges as crucial to their becoming a NextGen firm: transparency. Yes, it’s a request of the NextGen leaders, and it is often contrary to Baby Boomers’ and older Gen Xers’ approach of “Just put your head down, don’t ask any questions and…

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