Communication

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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Staying Positive

At this time of the year, the various busy season deadlines, spring just around the corner and new activities thrown into our schedule require increased time and effort, driving our stress level up. Here are six ideas to help maintain positivity – and even reduce the feeling of stress – that you can practice during […]
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Progress to an Anytime, Anywhere Work™ Policy; and Reap the Benefits

In June 2015, we launched our 2015 Anytime, Anywhere survey to collect information about the adoption of flexible work initiatives within public accounting firms. In this last installment on our survey analysis, we’d like to share what we learned from the 155 survey participants about the flexible work program documentation and communication processes in their […]
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What Grade Would Your Clients Earn?

The succession of Baby Boomer professionals is a topic on the minds of most firm leaders today. A significant component of the succession process for many is the transition of clients. There are many best practices when transitioning clients, including those covered by my colleague in this CPA Insider blog. What I find, however, is […]
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Orchestrating Balance

I am often asked, “How do you do it?” referencing my working full time with plenty of travel, raising three children, being married to a wonderful man going on 29 years, in addition to running, practicing yoga, and participating in church and other community activities. Just reading that list leaves me with “Wow, I’m not […]
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New Beginnings

Each New Year brings an awesome opportunity to start fresh, to do away with the unhealthy, unnecessary and the unproductive. While we’re giving the heave ho to the negative in our lives, most of us also commit to new, more positive behaviors and habits. What are you committed to leave behind, or shed, as you […]
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From Resolution to Reality

This time of year, we routinely create a list of New Year’s Resolutions. By the end of December, we often discover when we look over the original list that we missed the target. Let’s start this year understanding that according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary a “resolution is a firm, determined expression of intention” and explore […]
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Getting the Most Out of Your AnyWHERE Work Programs

More Results from Our 2015 Anytime, Anywhere Survey Earlier this year, we launched a survey to collect information about the adoption of flexible work practices within public accounting firms. In this blog in our Anytime, Anywhere Work series we focus on “place” — where employees are working – and we are encouraged to see some […]
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Want to Achieve Your Goals? Tell Others!

Goal Achieved! This fall, on Saturday, September 26, 2015, I completed my first 13.1 mile half-marathon, running the whole distance, without stopping or walking, in a time of 2.5 hours. My friends and family were amazed and happy for me. I felt proud of myself, as well as THANKFUL. How was I able to accomplish […]
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Sage Advice Regarding Anytime, Anywhere Work™ – Just Do It!

This spring, we conducted our 2015 ConvergenceCoaching, LLC Anytime, Anywhere Work Survey and published the “big picture” results in our August 26th blog. In our anytime, anywhere work blog series, we’ve been exploring the feedback from the respondents with the hope that you’ll identify ideas you can implement to further (or begin) your firm’s anytime, […]
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Technology Makes Flexibility Work

More Results from our 2015 Anytime, Anywhere Survey This spring we launched our 2015 Anytime, Anywhere Work Survey to learn more about the adoption of flexible work programs inside CPA firms. We asked a number of new questions this year to learn more about how firms are successfully using technology to support their anytime, anywhere […]
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How Does Your Firm Measure Success?

More Results from our 2015 Anytime, Anywhere Survey We are enormous proponents of anytime, anywhere work programs. This past spring, we conducted our 2015 Anytime, Anywhere Work Survey and began publishing the results in an ongoing blog series (read the “big picture” results here and the benefits firms are realizing with flex here). In the […]
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Are You Really Impressing Anyone?

You have a wealth of knowledge, experience, and insight. If you share these things in a positive manner, your clients will be more loyal, prospective clients will be more likely to do business with you, and your colleagues and co-workers will respect you and enjoy working with and learning from you. But, if you share […]
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Coaching For Confidence

I was recently questioned about effective ways to help a new manager gain more confidence in his new role. He was a young man who performed well in his initial assignments and role and now was being promoted. He would continue to have some client contact and responsibilities and would also be expected to do […]
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Transition is All Around Us

Here in Nebraska, it’s easy to see the signs of summer transitioning into fall. It’s a wonderful time of year filled with many sunny crisp days and red, orange and yellow foliage. This time of year signals the transition toward the holidays and the time to usher in a new year is right around the […]
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Why Offer Anytime, Anywhere Work™?

This spring, we conducted our 2015 ConvergenceCoaching, LLC Anytime, Anywhere Work Survey and published the “big picture” results in our August 26th blog. In the survey, we asked firms to share the positive and negative results they experienced as a result of their flexible work programs. In this week’s post, we’ll explore the valuable insights […]
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Don’t Let Excuses Derail You

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” ~ Jim Rohn We all have dreams, desires and goals for our lives and careers. The difference in those who achieve those goals and those who are stopped is often the degree to which we allow excuses […]
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Helpful Resources For This Fall Busy Season

As you push toward the first deadline of your fall busy season, we wanted to share some helpful blog posts that can aid you in maintaining a positive outlook, dealing with communication issues you may be encountering, help you manage your packed schedule and wellness ideas. While you may feel “too busy” to read these […]
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Our 2015 Anytime, Anywhere Survey Results Are In!

Firms Continue To Migrate AWAY From Time and Place. In early June, we launched our 2015 Anytime, Anywhere Work Survey to collect information about the adoption of flexible work initiatives within public accounting firms. We asked firms to submit only one response per firm and were amazed to see a 57% increase in participation this […]
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Half Full? My Cup Runneth Over!

Think of somebody you know who is always “so busy!” that they often seem to be spinning their wheels, lost in a state of less-than-efficient overwhelm. Or on the other hand, maybe that person is actually producing great results while being so busy, but is starting work earlier and leaving later than everyone else in […]
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