Communication

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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Visible Leadership

Leadership is more about who you are being than what you are doing. It starts with the recognition that everyone is a leader regardless of their role, title, age or experience. Leadership is about influencing and inspiring others. It begins with you and your attitudes. Then it flows to those coming along behind you, those […]
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Creating 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 […]
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Relentless Recruiting

In this third blog in our series on recruiting, we are going to share best practices for staying on top of your recruiting efforts and tracking your results using an organized, systematic approach. We want you to develop a recruiting process that is ingrained in your firm and happens on a regular basis, even when […]
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Four Activities To Boost Your Personal Brand

Your personal brand is your “professional reputation.” It’s affected by the way that you present yourself – your skills, knowledge and technical expertise – and how others (colleagues, clients, prospects and even personal connections) perceive you in return. We recently held a web seminar on the topic of “Personal Marketing Strategies for Summer” where we […]
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Six Ideas for Building a Recruiting Community

With unemployment in the accounting profession estimated to be half the nation’s rate of 5.6%, recruiting the talent to run your firm and serve your clients isn’t getting easier. In our previous blog entitled Finding Success in Recruiting Requires a Change in Philosophy, we shared some philosophical changes that should put your firm’s recruiting efforts […]
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Leadership Spotlight: Allan Koltin, CPA, CEO, Koltin Consulting Group

Our good friend Allan Koltin is CEO of Koltin Consulting Group, Inc., a Chicago-based consulting firm that specializes in working with professional and financial services firms in the areas of practice growth, practice management, human capital, and mergers and acquisitions. For fifteen consecutive years, Allan has been named by Accounting Today as one of the […]
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If At First You Don’t Succeed…

This past year, I have been blessed to serve as a coach in our Transformational Leadership Program (TLP). Once again, I have experienced the fact that the teacher learns right alongside his or her students, and often learns even more. When our third class of TLP participants started the program June 1, 2014, the “finish […]
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Fellow Millennials: They Call Us Entitled, But Our Future IS In Our Hands

In my last post, I shared strategies for developing a culture that embraces and encourages upward feedback. Among the many benefits feedback provides, one is the insight that firm leaders gain about the hopes and dreams of their up-and-coming leaders. In that post, I encouraged people managers to regularly check in and ask questions of […]
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Finding Success in Recruiting Requires a Change in Philosophy

Public accounting is experiencing one of the toughest periods of staffing in our profession’s history, and we believe it is just beginning. 78 million Baby Boomers are planning to retire over the next 10 – 12 years while there are fewer than 50 million Gen Xer’s to succeed them. Millennial accountants (33 and younger – […]
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Embracing Change as a Means to De-Stress

Welcome back to work after Passover, Easter, Spring Break, the Thai New Year – and the tax deadline end in sight! Though we look forward to these special times, we also endure the stress of change. Mother Nature reminds us at the change of each season that change is a part of life to embrace. […]
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How to Better Elicit Upward Feedback

Many benefits arise from embracing a people-centric culture. People that feel like their employer cares about their well-being and their thoughts and ideas about the firm, too, are typically more engaged and motivated in their daily work. Part of this people-centric culture includes a commitment to ongoing learning and development. Stretching that commitment across every […]
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Leadership Spotlight: Pete Miller, CPA, CFE, Shareholder, Clark Nuber

May 2015 will mark Pete Miller’s fifteen year anniversary with Clark Nuber, a 2014 Inside Public Accounting Top 200 Firm located in Bellevue, WA. Pete manages a number of audit engagements in various industries from manufacturing to technology and construction. His specialties include employee benefit plan audits, internal control audits and fraud investigation and prevention […]
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Stop Giving Away Your Services!

As far as we’ve come as a profession, we still encounter CPAs who struggle to bill for services delivered (and/or time incurred) beyond the scope of their original engagement. And, young people are not being taught the valuable skill of managing scope and resetting expectations with overruns, so the issue perpetuates. Even worse yet, your […]
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