Next Generation

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 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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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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Leadership Spotlight: Cynthia Hudson, Member, Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith

We have enjoyed getting to know Cynthia Hudson, Member at Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith, over the course of  her participation in our 2-year leadership development program. With over 20 years of experience in the profession, Cynthia’s primary focus is providing tax compliance, tax planning and IRS resolution to businesses, individuals and non-profit organizations. Cynthia […]
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Assigning Ownership Accelerates Your People Development

With so much transition and retirement happening in public accounting, people development is a hot topic. Firms are wondering what they can do to accelerate their team member’s learning and get them ready faster, and are creating innovative new training programs to do so. But there’s a missing component in our dotted line environment, where […]
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