Blog Posts by Jennifer Wilson

You ARE Better Off Without Them!

I recently wrote a column for the Journal of Accountancy CPA Insider, talking to employees that are unhappy in their work. In this blog, I am talking to firm leaders about how to deal with partners who may be some of the cause of that unhappiness.  I don’t know how many times I have had Managing […]
Read More →

Let’s Stop Paying Lip Service to People Development

Working with leaders of firms in completely different geographies and of a variety of sizes, I continue to have discussions with them about slightly different yet completely related topics:  a lack of traction in a mentoring program, an inability to get engagement reviews completed by both staff and managers and concerns that a partner group […]
Read More →

Let Freedom Ring

I can’t believe another Independence Day is upon us. Wow!  Time again to reflect on our blessings as Americans. Earlier this year, I wrote about the three words I chose to guide 2018:  Change, Freedom and Joy.  Today, it seems appropriate to let Freedom ring in this 242nd birthday greeting to Lady Liberty. I’ve been […]
Read More →

Communicate to Drive Change

“Every time I find the meaning of life, they change it.”  ~ Reinhold Niebuhr Have you found the meaning of life?  If we each had to define our meaning, the meanings we’d interpret would be as diverse as our backgrounds, experiences and beliefs.  But no matter what you’re planning and expecting in this life, the one constant you […]
Read More →

My Favorite Motivational Quotes – What Are Yours?

I’m writing in the wee hours from the AICPA ENGAGE Conference.  During the conference, I’ve had the best time reconnecting with long-time friends and colleagues and making new connections, too. The conference has been a wonderful exchange of ideas and information so far, and I’ve drawn inspiration from so many. As I began writing this […]
Read More →

Pure Joy

Ever since I wrote my March 1st blog, I have been paying extra attention to the things that fill me with JOY– one of my three words for 2018.  In my blog, I committed to write down the things that give me joy – or that I think might – and make sure I do […]
Read More →

Finding Joy In the Journey: My 2018 Three Words

At the start of each year, I envision what I want the END of the year to look like. What do I most want to accomplish or change? How do I want to feel? What do I want others to experience through me? When I have a sense of what I want to make happen, […]
Read More →

Count Your Many Blessings

“The secret to having it all is knowing that you already do.” – Unknown This year’s hurricanes, floods, fires, and mass shootings have been a sobering reminder of how easily lives can be impacted and changed.  Thanksgiving provides each of us an opportunity to take stock and recognize that we are so very blessed — […]
Read More →

I’m Not Getting Older, I’m Getting Faster

It’s my birthday today, which is always a wonderful time for reflection.  As I “age up,” I renew my commitment to undertake behaviors that will allow me to be Younger Next Year – the title of a great book that I recommend to all.  As a runner, you’re said to lose a little time on […]
Read More →

Everyday Heroes

Such devastation. The September 11 terrorist attack on our nation. The impact of hurricane Irma in Florida and the southeast. The mayhem left behind by hurricane Harvey in Texas. As we’ve prayed about these events this week, we have also been praying for my partner, and long-time bestie, Tamera Loerzel, as she and her family […]
Read More →

Oh Beautiful, For Spacious Skies

I am writing this blog from my car (as a passenger!) winding my way through Wyoming, about 40 miles outside of Yellowstone National Park.  We have just passed the Grand Tetons.  Starting out on this journey, I met with an Idaho firm and traveled along the Snake River, witnessing their beautiful farmland with wheat, mustard […]
Read More →

Drive Change In BOTH Mechanics AND Behavior

“The very best practice mechanics you devise – new plans, programs, and processes – will only succeed when you pay careful attention to the human behavior around those mechanics.” Me to Our Clients, Everyday! I am a change agent.  I make my living helping individuals, teams and organizations identify their areas for improvement and market […]
Read More →

It’s Time for Post-Busy Season Renewal!

“One of the things we desperately need is a spiritual renewal in this country. We need a spiritual revival in America.” –Billy Graham With the spring tax filing season successfully behind us, we have an opportunity to start fresh and focus our energies on renewing our body, mind, and spirit for the important tasks that […]
Read More →

Yet in Thy Dark Streets Shineth…

As I sit to write this holiday post, I have to confess that I’m struggling to find my holiday cheer.  While it has been a fabulous, blessed year at ConvergenceCoaching, many of our team members are skidding in sideways on our holiday preparations.  Things feel harried.  More sobering, though, is the fact that several of […]
Read More →

If You Can’t See It, Should You Believe It?

My oldest daughter once wrote an essay on the Holocaust book Night by Elie Wiesel.  Even though the book illustrates the hopelessness of this unspeakable event, in true form to her wonderful personality, my daughter chose the subject of faith as the basis for her essay.  Her hypothesis was, “…even when faith seems completely lost, you can […]
Read More →

What Gender Issue?

Many question whether a gender issue exists in our profession. I did not expect to encounter this issue as part of the INSIDE Public Accounting/ConvergenceCoaching research study, “The Road to Retention: Motivators and Drivers for Young Public Accounting Professionals.” What I anticipated was generationally-focused feedback highlighting the differences between mature and younger professionals. Digging into […]
Read More →

Want to Keep Your Next Gen? FLEX! Our 2016 Anytime, Anywhere Work™ Survey Will Show You How

We’re excited to present the results from the ConvergenceCoaching 2016 Anytime, Anywhere™ Work Survey, celebrating our third year studying public accounting firm flexible work initiatives. In this first blog in our series, we’ll share the highlights of this year’s survey with responses from 160 unique CPA firms.  In future blogs, we’ll dive deeper into some […]
Read More →

Endurance Wins the Race

I am about to celebrate my 10th anniversary of running.  I ran my first full marathon in late September 2015 and, even though I’m “middle aged,” I am committed to extend my distance and improve my time.   In fact, my motto is, “I’m not getting older – I’m getting faster!” Sometimes, and especially when I’m […]
Read More →

ConvergenceCoaching Turns “Sweet 16!”

Wow! It is hard to believe that on April 1, our ConvergenceCoaching team celebrated our 16th anniversary. What a wonderful and blessed journey we’ve enjoyed so far! Since co-founding our firm with my dear friend, Jim Metzler to growing to an 11-member team focused on making life-changing differences for our clients, I am so grateful […]
Read More →

What Are Your Business Model Deal-Breakers? Six Non-Negotiables to Consider

There’s a lot of talk these days about the need for a new public accounting business model. In fact, we’re spending a lot of time ourselves driving change to many fundamental business model elements including pushing for not-to-exceed pricing, unlimited paid time off and uber-flexibility, and turning over the reins to younger leaders earlier. And […]
Read More →
css.php