Team Development

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?

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!

5 New Ways to Retain Top Performers

Many firms are aware of top-talent retention essentials: Attractive compensation, career progression, interesting client work, quality mentoring and leadership programs are crucial to stay competitive.

If you want to position yourself to keep your star players around longer. Here are five ways you can bring new life to retention initiatives...