Current Affairs

Do You Have an Employee Engagement Strategy?

“Most workers, many of whom are millennials, approach a role and a company with a highly defined set of expectations. They want their work to have meaning and purpose. They want to use their talents and strengths to do what they do best every day. They want to learn and develop. They want their job to […]
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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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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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Three Keys To A Safe And Inclusive Environment

I’m confronted by the major news story centered around a senior leader who engaged in unacceptable behaviors across two decades. It’s resulted in a cascade of additional victims sharing their own experiences with the same type of bad behavior – some directly related to the organization in question and others related to their own experiences […]
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CPA Firm Practice Economics – 5 Key Levers

CPA firms are simple and complex at the same time. Simple because they consist primarily of people – the clients and the professionals. Granted, firms also require workspace and technology to operate, grow and succeed, but people are the primary value drivers. CPA firms are also complex for the same reason they are simple:  because […]
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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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Emerging Trends Facing Public Accounting

ConvergenceCoaching collaborates with the AICPA CPA Insider, Accounting Today and other publications to provide our readers with perspectives on the top issues, challenges and emerging trends facing the public accounting profession. As our profession continues to experience rapid change, sharing knowledge and best practices is important. Below you’ll find recent content to help you with […]
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Spring Forth

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted…”   Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 Change is All Around Us As we move into a new season, we expect to […]
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Gen Z: An Introduction to the Next Wave of Talent

When it comes to talent, practice management and impacting forces, the buzzword heard round the leadership table has been “Millennial” for quite some time. Now, we’re beginning to hear murmurs about Generation Z and the impact they’ll make. As a Millennial myself, I’m hyperaware of the various stereotypes of my age cohort, so I’ll admit […]
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Improved Communication Goes a Long Way With Young Professionals

This guest blog features Chris Camara, managing editor of the monthly INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) newsletter. We’ve greatly enjoyed working with Chris and the IPA team on developing “The Road to Retention: Motivators and Drivers for Young Public Accounting Professionals.” In this week’s post, Chris explores the growing recruiting and retention paradigm firms are facing. […]
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34 to 40 year-old CPA Professionals Tell Firm Leaders What They Need

As firms help their young professional staff gain expertise and knowledge about the profession, our research shows that they may be looking for the door instead of the next step up the ladder. Recruiting college graduates is a challenge unto itself, but once these young people are hired, its critical to keep them happy, involved, […]
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What You Think About Your Younger Staff May Not Be True

This guest blog features Chris Camara, managing editor of the monthly INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) newsletter. We’ve greatly enjoyed working with Chris and the IPA team on developing “The Road to Retention: Motivators and Drivers for Young Public Accounting Professionals.” In this week’s post, Chris explores common misconceptions about young professionals The stereotypes aren’t pretty. […]
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We Are Better Because of Our Diversity

As our nation gets ready to celebrate our 240th birthday, I am always thankful for the freedoms and “unalienable rights” that our founding fathers, members of our armed forces and many others have fought to protect and defend. More than ever, I am aware of the wonderful diversity and inclusion on which our great country […]
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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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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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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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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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