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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.CPA Domains Available for Firms Beginning September 1, 2020

This past June, the AICPA was awarded the .cpa (dot CPA) top-level (worldwide) domain which has been reserved exclusively for entities confirmed by the AICPA to be affiliated with the CPA profession.  This was done to promote long term confidence when visiting a website with the .cpa extension or receiving an email from a person…

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