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?

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.

7 Ways to Host a Better Meeting

I went to a meeting the other day, one with a mix of professionals and aspiring professionals (college students).  I’d love to tell you what the purpose of the meeting was, but I don’t actually know.

One might ask, what was I doing at a meeting where I didn’t even know the purpose to begin with? Well, I recently joined an organization and this was a regular monthly meeting, so I figured I would go and see what they were all about.  Or not, as it turned out. They didn't know how to hold an effective meeting.

Being a Mentor is Good for You

One summer during college I worked as a temp at a mortgage company and was lucky enough to work with a great manager. Drew showed me how to keep a clean desk (not sure I actually practice this, but it was great to see it in action) and how to have patience with a wide variety of talent levels on your team.  He didn’t know it, but he was a mentor of mine and the skills he passed on have stayed with me for a number of years that will remain undisclosed.

Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider, or continue, guiding others to new professional heights.

16 Delegation Failures

We've all been there.  Trying to make our work-lives more efficient, transfer knowledge to newer team members and leverage our practice.  Sometimes it works, and, well, sometimes the result is embarrassing at best.  If you’ve ever wondered if you’re a delegation master, or one who could use a few tweaks to make the most of your efforts, you are in the right place.  Below are a few ways to recognize when you might not have done the very best job ever in delegating your work.