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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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Happy Labor Day!

As we all prepare to take off for the long holiday weekend, we thought we’d pay tribute to all American workers. Our country’s strength and standing was built on the hard work and labor of so many who sacrificed their time and energy to contribute to building (and maintaining) elements of our infrastructure like our […]
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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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I’m Grateful to be an American

Our country turns 239 on Saturday – which is REALLY young by many countries’ standards. In honor of this anniversary, it feels appropriate to reflect on the gifts we have as Americans. I feel so fortunate to have been born in this, the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” There are […]
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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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Happy 15th Anniversary to ConvergenceCoaching!

April 1, 2015 marks the 15th year since the inception of ConvergenceCoaching, LLC – and what a great journey so far! As ConvergenceCoaching has grown, we are so grateful for the wonderful client relationships and professional friendships we’ve forged. We are so fortunate to have clients who have been with us since the beginning and […]
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What Does Your Firm Expect From Your Anytime, Anywhere Work™ Programs?

In our spring survey on the adoption of flexible work initiatives within public accounting firms, only 47% of respondents indicated that they have a written policy in place for their anytime, anywhere work programs. When we asked for advice that firms with flex programs had for others, or lessons they’d learned, 27 firm respondents related […]
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Why Do You Care Where I Work? Six Reasons to Go Virtual

If you’ve followed the posts in our Anytime, Anywhere Work (ATAWW) blog miniseries, you’ve read the summarized results from our survey, the benefits firms experience from ATAWW, the performance measures firms are using and the wisdom and advice shared by our respondents. In this post, we’ll share the top reasons why firms must adopt a […]
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Anytime, Anywhere Work™: The Wisdom and Best Practices of Others

“What one piece of advice would you give other firms planning to offer any form of anytime, anywhere work program?”   That’s the final question we asked in our spring survey on the adoption of flexible work initiatives within public accounting firms. And, in this fourth blog in a six part series, we’ll explore the […]
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Anytime, Anywhere Work™: Measuring Something Other Than Time

This is the third installment of our blog series on the results of our survey on the adoption of flexible work initiatives within public accounting firms. We heard from 99 distinct firms and, in two prior blogs, we’ve shared the Survey Results and the Benefits of Anytime, Anywhere Work. In this post, we’ll explore respondent […]
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Benefits and Challenges of Anytime, Anywhere Work™

Earlier this year, we launched a survey to collect information about the adoption of flexible work initiatives within public accounting firms. We received valuable insights from 99 distinct firms and shared the overall results of the survey in my Survey Results blog. In this post, we’ll explore the positive and negative results firms experienced as […]
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Survey Results – Firms Are Moving Away From Time and Place

Earlier this year, we launched a 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 blessed with the generous sharing of 99 distinct firms. In this initial blog, we’ll share the highlights of the survey. In future […]
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It’s All About People Again!

I’m writing this from the AICPA Practitioners Symposium and TECH+ Conference in Las Vegas. It’s day two and in all of the sessions, all of the discussions, the LOUDEST theme is PEOPLE! If you tune into the Twitter feed at #PSTech, you’ll see what I mean. Topics range from the shortage of experienced staff, the […]
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Can You Feel The Power Shift?

78 million Baby Boomers, born from 1946-1964 need to transfer responsibility, wealth, and assets over the next 12-15 years. It might be easy to lull yourself into believing that the impact of this is a ways off. But studies estimate that 10,000 to 12,000 people are retiring every day and the impact in firms (and […]
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It’s Your Earth – Do Your Part

I am a founding member of an organization called Green Bellevue. Each year, we walk in our community parade to publicize the need to care for our environment and to promote membership in our organization to learn how to do so. This year, our theme was “Your Earth – Do Your Part.” Using yard signs […]
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A Time to Be Grateful

As we reflect this week on the sobering and difficult events of September 11, 2001, most of us experience a range of emotions, from anger that it happened, deep sadness for the loss of life, empathy for the families that suffered loss, to profound appreciation for the heroics of the first responders and the continued […]
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Persevering When the Pressure is On: Life Lessons from Wimbledon Part 2

Last summer around this time, I wrote a blog about the lessons we can learn from a setback or failure inspired by tennis professional, Andy Murray, and his great attitude after a heartbreaking defeat. He vowed to keep trying, keep improving, and come back better than before. Once again this year, the pressure for a […]
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Happy 237th Birthday, USA!

On July 4th, we’ll celebrate the 237th anniversary of the incorporation of our fine nation, the United States of America. The entrepreneurial spirit that has defined our nation was certainly in full glory when our founding fathers struck out on their own to found an independent entity where life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness […]
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The Marketplace Fairness Act: Understanding Remote Sales

The Marketplace Fairness Act has made some headlines recently. If passed into law, the proposed federal solution is a game changer for U.S. retailers who sell across state lines, but not many understand the Act’s implications. In this blog, we’ll share our understanding of the Act and how it might affect you and/or your clients. […]
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Olympic-Level Leadership

Like many of you, my family has been glued to the Olympic coverage each evening, rooting furiously for our athletes and experiencing what announcer Jim McKay referred to as the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”  Because I’m not a very good television-only participant, as I watch the games, I’ve been wondering: what […]
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