Blog Posts by Renee Moelders

Debunking Myths About Remote Work

“We can’t hire a remote employee because of XYZ (insert your concern here).” We’ve heard every objection possible to keep firms from hiring their first remote employee, expanding access to remote work options, or keeping a valued employee who moves away by providing them a remote work role. At the same time, employees crave more […]
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Subordinate Your Self-Interest through Submission

Over the last year I’ve been practicing a new kind of yoga called Yin, a slow and quiet practice that involves holding postures for extended periods of time. Yin yoga targets the connective tissues of the body, and the physical benefits include increased muscle release and mobility of the joints. Rather than striving and working, […]
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Leaving Others Lighter

My days are full of communication with the people in my personal life, my work, and my community. Some of my interactions are highly interpersonal and intimate, while others are random collisions with strangers. Here’s an interesting thing I’ve noticed, and it applies to those I know well and others I have just met. It […]
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Is Your Firm Leaving Potential Leadership Successors Behind?

Firms around the country are struggling to recruit and retain experienced professionals to serve their clients. Partners are nearing retirement, and many don’t have clear successors in place to ensure their firms keep running. Given the need for talent, we should leave no stone unturned in our quest to identify our next generation of leaders. […]
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Velcroing Your People to You

According to the 2018 IPA National Benchmarking Report, CPA firms lost an average of 13% of their precious talent resources last year. Breaking that statistic down further, IPA found that 75% of firm turnover was voluntary, comprised of people who chose to leave for another CPA firm or even leave the profession entirely. There are […]
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Our 2018 Anytime, Anywhere Work™ Survey Results Are In!

We’re incredibly excited about the results from the ConvergenceCoaching®, LLC 2018 Anytime, Anywhere Work™ (ATAWW) Survey, the fourth iteration of our analysis of CPA firm flexible and virtual work programs! ATAWW programs are not about less work or production, with the exception of part-time programs. Instead, ATAWW offerings allow your people to have more control […]
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Maximizing Motivation

For most of our clients, the fall busy season is over (hooray!), which creates time and space to focus on yourselves and your firms. It’s my hope that you’ll use this time to renew your focus on your team members, too, by making a real effort get to know more about your up-and-coming leaders. Knowing […]
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Five Fundamentals of Flex Success

Our ConvergenceCoaching, LLC® 2018 Anytime, Anywhere Work™ (ATAWW) Survey results are due out October 22, and in them, I’m pretty sure we’ll hear at least a few participants say that flexible, remote work is not for everyone. Often people say that it requires a certain kind of worker, one who is self-motivated and driven. Or […]
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Want to Maximize Profits? Consider Highest and Best Use

According to the latest IPA benchmarking survey, CPA firm profits are under pressure. Across the Top 100 firms in that survey, talent costs are increasing faster than billing rates, resulting in a squeeze that’s reducing the bottom line. There are many strategies you can employ to relieve the pressure, and in this blog, we’ll focus […]
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Sorting Out My Stories

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ― Albert Einstein Some of the things I say about myself are true. I’m a mother, a wife, a daughter and a sister. I’m 5’4”,  right-handed, and have naturally curly hair. I’m a yogi […]
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Ask and You Shall Receive Feedback!

When speaking with participants of our Transformational Leadership Program, or meeting with young leaders at firm retreats, one consistent complaint we hear is that people don’t get enough feedback on the work they’re doing and consequentially, on their individual development. We’re talking a lot these days about improving feedback mechanisms, how firms need to deliver […]
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Five Flex Forward Insights

This week, we launched our ConvergenceCoaching® 2018 Anytime, Anywhere Work™ Survey, where we gather input from public accounting firms about their adoption of flexible work practices. We’re huge proponents of these programs because we have been operating in a 100% flexible and virtual environment for the last 18 years and have experienced first-hand the benefits […]
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You’re NEVER Too Busy to Give Feedback

 “Make feedback normal. Not a performance review.” ~ Ed Batista You’re in the middle of busy season, with multiple engagements in play and the team running in fifteen different directions. Are you giving feedback to the people working on your jobs, in your groups or assigned to you? If not, you’re missing an opportunity to […]
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Becoming a Flex-Forward Firm

At ConvergenceCoaching, we’re huge proponents of flexible work programs, or what we like to call Anytime, Anywhere Work™ programs. We’ve been operating in a flexible, virtual environment ourselves for almost 18 years and the strategies we use to keep our team connected and operating efficiently are the same ones we teach to our clients. Philosophically, […]
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Pull Your Projects out of the Black Hole

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over…” ~ Steve Maraboli Do you ever feel like your projects have fallen into a black hole? You might be delegating them to a particular person, or putting a return “in the drawer”, or empowering a team […]
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Four Steps to Faster People Development

“Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it.” — Henry Mintzberg With the Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) retiring at a clip of 10,000 per day, the skills transfer necessary to get the next generation ready to take over the reins is monumental. Most leaders have a limited amount of time available […]
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Assigning Ownership Accelerates Your People Development

With so much transition and retirement happening in public accounting, people development is a hot topic. Firms are wondering what they can do to accelerate their team member’s learning and get them ready faster, and are creating innovative new training programs to do so. But there’s a missing component in our dotted line environment, where […]
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Triple Your Team Member’s Progress with Three Types of Feedback

Feedback is a hot topic this year at ConvergenceCoaching. Firms are interested in more quickly progressing and growing their staff, and we believe the key to doing it successfully is providing specific, meaningful, and timely feedback to the team on a regular basis. In this blog, we’ll focus on delivering feedback and really drill into […]
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Making Straight Lines Out of Triangles

At ConvergenceCoaching, we strive to help our learners incorporate the concepts from our training into their daily life and patterns of work. One way we help participants accomplish this is to ask them to make one commitment – to choose one action or behavioral change to commit to out of our discussions. In looking back over […]
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Buy-in to the Benefits of Mature Hires — Even as Beginners

Earlier this year while training first year staff at a national training conference for a Top 15 firm, I was struck by the diversity in my classes, including women and men, people from all cultures and backgrounds, as well as non-natives to the United States. What really caught my eye, however, was the span of […]
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