How to Take the Sting Out of Failure – and Dramatically Improve Team Performance

What is the secret of a high performing team in accounting? Is it bringing together CPAs who have deep technical expertise? Do you need a wide diversity of personalities or strengths? Or maybe just having a strong leader who controls the group carefully with a skilled hand?

Over two years, Google conducted a massive study on team performance to answer the question – what creates high performing teams?

Executive Presence (Charisma)…Why You Need It

When you hear the words executive presence you might imagine a Louis Vuitton bag or a Rolex watch.  And while a level of signature style is an important part of having executive presence, it’s much more than that. It’s having that charismatic quality that makes people like you…listen to you…and want to follow your lead. Today’s post will give you some quick tips on how to acquire this valuable skill.

How to Create Change When Change is Hard - An Accounting Allegory

Meet John, a hard-working new partner at a mid-sized accounting firm on the west coast.  We join John as he sits down for his first annual review as a partner. His managing partner, Gus, makes the feedback clear, “John, the bottom line is you have to delegate more so you can spend that time on business development and hit your new targets. We’re all counting on you.” 

Boost Productivity by Creating a Strengths-based Culture at Your Accounting Firm

After helping several CPAs and firms with Strengths Programs, I’ve seen the impact it can have on individuals, workgroups and the firm as a whole. This is a culture-changer that results in better business outcomes.

When it Comes to Performance Reviews, Ditch the Labels

Let’s say it’s performance review time and you nonchalantly slip in that one of your team members, let’s call her Madison, “needs to be more professional.”

In your mind, you know exactly what this means. It’s helpful and straight-forward feedback. Twenty years from now when Madison is managing partner and she is receiving a prestigious accounting award, she will thank you from the stage for this moment. Pat on the back for you!

• Bulleted Lists in Presentation Captivate Audience

In a recent PowerPoint presentation to manufacturing industry controllers and CFOs, CPA Janet Trelite wowed the audience with a slide deck featuring 64 information-packed slides. The hour-long talk on the new leasing standards was fourth in a lineup of technical experts on tax, revenue, and of course, blockchain.

Boundaries: How and Why They Are Good for CPAs

I’ve come recognize a common trait among accountants: we’re a group of people who love saying yes. But as you’re working tirelessly to meet the needs of everyone you encounter, how are your own needs being met? If you're feeling further down the lousiness scale than you’d like, it might be time to establish some boundaries.