HR/Organizational Development

Leadership Spotlight: Chris Roberts, Director of Talent Management, Mazars USA LLP

We are excited to introduce you to Chris Roberts, Director of Talent Management at Mazars USA LLP, who is the focus of this issue of Leadership Spotlight. Chris leads the talent management and employee experience for his firm, taking a fresh look at the firm’s talent practices to ensure they support an evolving workforce and […]
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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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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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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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The Biggest Barrier to Anytime, Anywhere Work™ – Sludge

More Results from Our 2016 Anytime, Anywhere Work™ (ATAWW™) Survey Technology. Client acceptance. Training new staff members. Accessibility and responsiveness. These are just some of the objections firm leaders give for resisting virtual work environments. However, we believe – and have seen – that all of these issues are generally tactical and not that difficult […]
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Tapping into Your Personality Type to Navigate Changes at Work

I have recently been coaching a young woman,” Joyce,” who has been successful at work in the IT industry.  She was challenged intellectually in her role helping clients effectively use her technology services to grow and manage their businesses. She enjoyed being part of her clients’ success as they implemented the ideas and solutions she […]
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Flexible Firms Are Moving to Unlimited PTO Programs

More Results from Our 2016 Anytime, Anywhere Work™ Survey With the emphasis on flexible work programs in CPA firms, it’s no surprise that Unlimited PTO has become a hot topic. Employees are drawn to the idea that they could take as much time off as they would like as long as the work gets done.  […]
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Seven Technology Strategies to Enable Your Flexible Work Programs

More Results from Our 2016 Anytime, Anywhere Work™ Survey At ConvergenceCoaching, we’re big proponents of Anytime, Anywhere Work™, or programs that allow employees to have greater control over when and where they get work done. Every one of our employees is virtual and works from home offices or on the road while visiting clients. We’re […]
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Where is Your Firm with AnyWHERE Work Programs?

More Results from Our 2016 Anytime, Anywhere Work™ Survey Earlier this year, we launched our third annual Anytime, Anywhere Work™ Survey to collect information about the adoption of flexible work initiatives within public accounting firms. So far in our blog series, we’ve shared an overview of our survey results, the benefits and challenges firms experience […]
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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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Anytime, Anywhere Work™ Survey Says Measure Differently to Flex Time

In the recent IPA/ConvergenceCoaching Road to Retention survey, an astounding 60% of the over 723 young accounting professionals we surveyed said the element of work they least enjoy is the hours.  As firms continue to move towards a flexible work environment, one of the biggest challenges is around this “time” paradigm. For instance, while 97% […]
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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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Two Times the Benefits with Anytime, Anywhere Work™

Earlier this year, we launched a survey to collect information on the adoption of flexible work initiatives, or what we call Anytime, Anywhere Work™ programs within public accounting firms. We were pleased in this third year of conducting the survey to receive 160 distinct responses from firms ranging in size from small (2 – 5 […]
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What Gender Issue?

Many question whether a gender issue exists in our profession. I did not expect to encounter this issue as part of the INSIDE Public Accounting/ConvergenceCoaching research study, “The Road to Retention: Motivators and Drivers for Young Public Accounting Professionals.” What I anticipated was generationally-focused feedback highlighting the differences between mature and younger professionals. Digging into […]
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“Fall” Into Wellness

It’s hard to believe we’re already half way through the month of September. Hopefully, you have had a successful and productive eight and a half months so far and are gearing up for a strong finish in the remainder of the year. Many of you are working through your second busiest time of year with […]
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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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Time Flies: So Don’t Wait To Get Started!

This summer, I had the opportunity to share “words of wisdom” with several high school graduates all of whom had plans to attend college this fall.  I simply said to each one, “Now you understand how fast four years goes by.”  And each graduate gave me a look that confirmed their deep understanding of exactly […]
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Want to Keep Your Next Gen? FLEX! Our 2016 Anytime, Anywhere Work™ Survey Will Show You How

We’re excited to present the results from the ConvergenceCoaching 2016 Anytime, Anywhere™ Work Survey, celebrating our third year studying public accounting firm flexible work initiatives. In this first blog in our series, we’ll share the highlights of this year’s survey with responses from 160 unique CPA firms.  In future blogs, we’ll dive deeper into some […]
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Three Steps to Move Your Experienced Hiring Efforts from Hopeless to Hopeful

A year after our series of articles on experienced hire recruiting, we are still hearing firms say “We can’t find good (seniors, managers, directors, insert your specific need here)”. We cringe when we hear it because it sounds helpless, hopeless, and a lot like quitting. Some firms are giving up on experienced hire recruiting, and […]
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