Inspired Ideas

Leadership Spotlight: Jina Etienne, President & CEO, NABA

We are thrilled to feature Jina Etienne, President and CEO of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) as our first Leadership Spotlight of 2017. Jina is a bright up-and-comer in our profession who leads the day-to-day operations of NABA’s national office and provides strategic direction and leadership for the organization. Prior to her […]
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What’s Going To Stop You From Achieving Your Goals?

Since 2014, seemingly by design, I have been asked to write one of the first blogs of the New Year.  January feels like a time of fresh starts and new beginnings; it is a good time to both reflect back and look forward.  All in all, January is a good month to invest some time […]
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Embracing Change Drives Growth

Change is scary. For some, change is forced upon us and for others, it is chosen.  Regardless of the origin, the uncertainty of the unknown often creates anxiety and fear. It is for this reason that many of us stay the course in unhappy routines or unhealthy habits.  We know what to expect and therefore, […]
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Yet in Thy Dark Streets Shineth…

As I sit to write this holiday post, I have to confess that I’m struggling to find my holiday cheer.  While it has been a fabulous, blessed year at ConvergenceCoaching, many of our team members are skidding in sideways on our holiday preparations.  Things feel harried.  More sobering, though, is the fact that several of […]
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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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If You Can’t See It, Should You Believe It?

My oldest daughter once wrote an essay on the Holocaust book Night by Elie Wiesel.  Even though the book illustrates the hopelessness of this unspeakable event, in true form to her wonderful personality, my daughter chose the subject of faith as the basis for her essay.  Her hypothesis was, “…even when faith seems completely lost, you can […]
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Leadership Spotlight: Krystal Siebrandt, Partner, HBE Becker Meyer Love LLP

This month’s Leadership Spotlight features fellow Nebraskan, Krystal Siebrandt, a Partner at HBE Becker Meyer Love LLP. Krystal has over twelve years of experience on various profit, nonprofit and governmental organizations. She is active in the community, currently holding positions on the Saint Paul United Methodist Church Finance Committee and the Seniors Foundation and Friendship […]
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A Time For Kindness

During this time of Thanksgiving, I am even more grateful for the many blessings in my life, like my husband, children, parents and extended family; my health and the health of others; a rewarding career and great team that I love; my home, clothing, and safe place to live; and this great country I call […]
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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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Leadership Spotlight: Kimberly Hardy, Shareholder, Matthews, Cutrer & Lindsay, P.A.

In this leadership spotlight, we introduce you to Kim Hardy, Shareholder at Matthews, Cutrer & Lindsay, P.A. I had the pleasure of meeting Kim when we both participated in the 2013-14 class of our Transformational Leadership Program™ (TLP). Kim had great passion for her in-firm project during the program, which was to pilot increased flexibility […]
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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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Leadership Spotlight: Aimee Allen

Meet Aimee Allen, our Sales and Marketing Coordinator at ConvergenceCoaching, and wrangler of the many responsibilities that fall within those areas. Among those responsibilities, Aimee champions our email and newsletter communications, directs our social media presence and coordinates our sales meetings and related activities. Prior to joining ConvergenceCoaching, Aimee spent over seven years as a […]
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