Blog Posts by Jennifer Wilson

Creating a Learning Culture

We’re in the knowledge business, and those firms that do the best job of imparting knowledge, developing skills, and building future capacity have the best prospects for long-term success and competitive advantage. In this blog, we’ll explore ideas to help you enhance your firm’s learning culture and make a commitment to life-long learning.  What is […]
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Strategies for “Giving In” To Change

Change is hard.  But it’s all over us!  In our nation’s demographics, succession, mergers, technology and turnover, we’re experiencing change at a faster pace than ever before. As firm leaders, we must keep up to sustain our firms and ensure that they are attractive to NextGen clients and team members.  All too often, we see firms putting off needed changes for a variety of […]
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Breakthrough Your Conflict Barriers

Whether it is owner disagreements, performance issues, client concerns, or competitive situations, our professional lives are filled with potential conflict. But given the choice, most will shy away or ignore conflict rather than deal with it. Why? Maybe because conflict isn’t fun – or even comfortable – and we’re not very sure we’ll handle it […]
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Finally, Under Five!

I’ve been a runner for 13 years.  And, for the last nearly five years, I have been pursuing the goal to run a full marathon in under five hours. In September 2015, I ran my first in 5:04 and in September 2016, I ran my second in a disappointing 5:07. After completing the 2nd marathon, […]
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My 2019 Three Words

My 2019 Three Words Each year, I commit to having three words light my pathway.  Last year, my words were CHANGE, FREEDOM and JOY.  To be sure, I experienced all three, but the one that had the most impact on my outlook was my commitment to finding and experiencing joy in the everyday activities of life.  […]
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Joy To The World

My last post of 2018. Wow, the year went FAST!  Maybe my joy journey, as chronicled in my prior posts this year caused it to whiz by.  Or, was it the non-stop work flow? Maybe it’s just age? Whatever the reason, life is hurtling by – and I’d better stop and pay attention! Instead of […]
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Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee!

The opening line of one of the best-known hymns in the English language, inspired when Henry Van Dyke was struck by the beauty of the Berkshires. I have been struck, too, by the two worlds I am called to live in.  One world is filled with doomsday prophecies, conspiracy theories, natural disasters and the like.  […]
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You ARE Better Off Without Them!

I recently wrote a column for the Journal of Accountancy CPA Insider, talking to employees that are unhappy in their work. In this blog, I am talking to firm leaders about how to deal with partners who may be some of the cause of that unhappiness.  I don’t know how many times I have had Managing […]
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Let’s Stop Paying Lip Service to People Development

Working with leaders of firms in completely different geographies and of a variety of sizes, I continue to have discussions with them about slightly different yet completely related topics:  a lack of traction in a mentoring program, an inability to get engagement reviews completed by both staff and managers and concerns that a partner group […]
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Let Freedom Ring

I can’t believe another Independence Day is upon us. Wow!  Time again to reflect on our blessings as Americans. Earlier this year, I wrote about the three words I chose to guide 2018:  Change, Freedom and Joy.  Today, it seems appropriate to let Freedom ring in this 242nd birthday greeting to Lady Liberty. I’ve been […]
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Communicate to Drive Change

“Every time I find the meaning of life, they change it.”  ~ Reinhold Niebuhr Have you found the meaning of life?  If we each had to define our meaning, the meanings we’d interpret would be as diverse as our backgrounds, experiences and beliefs.  But no matter what you’re planning and expecting in this life, the one constant you […]
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My Favorite Motivational Quotes – What Are Yours?

I’m writing in the wee hours from the AICPA ENGAGE Conference.  During the conference, I’ve had the best time reconnecting with long-time friends and colleagues and making new connections, too. The conference has been a wonderful exchange of ideas and information so far, and I’ve drawn inspiration from so many. As I began writing this […]
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Pure Joy

Ever since I wrote my March 1st blog, I have been paying extra attention to the things that fill me with JOY– one of my three words for 2018.  In my blog, I committed to write down the things that give me joy – or that I think might – and make sure I do […]
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Finding Joy In the Journey: My 2018 Three Words

At the start of each year, I envision what I want the END of the year to look like. What do I most want to accomplish or change? How do I want to feel? What do I want others to experience through me? When I have a sense of what I want to make happen, […]
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Count Your Many Blessings

“The secret to having it all is knowing that you already do.” – Unknown This year’s hurricanes, floods, fires, and mass shootings have been a sobering reminder of how easily lives can be impacted and changed.  Thanksgiving provides each of us an opportunity to take stock and recognize that we are so very blessed — […]
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I’m Not Getting Older, I’m Getting Faster

It’s my birthday today, which is always a wonderful time for reflection.  As I “age up,” I renew my commitment to undertake behaviors that will allow me to be Younger Next Year – the title of a great book that I recommend to all.  As a runner, you’re said to lose a little time on […]
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Everyday Heroes

Such devastation. The September 11 terrorist attack on our nation. The impact of hurricane Irma in Florida and the southeast. The mayhem left behind by hurricane Harvey in Texas. As we’ve prayed about these events this week, we have also been praying for my partner, and long-time bestie, Tamera Loerzel, as she and her family […]
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Oh Beautiful, For Spacious Skies

I am writing this blog from my car (as a passenger!) winding my way through Wyoming, about 40 miles outside of Yellowstone National Park.  We have just passed the Grand Tetons.  Starting out on this journey, I met with an Idaho firm and traveled along the Snake River, witnessing their beautiful farmland with wheat, mustard […]
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Drive Change In BOTH Mechanics AND Behavior

“The very best practice mechanics you devise – new plans, programs, and processes – will only succeed when you pay careful attention to the human behavior around those mechanics.” Me to Our Clients, Everyday! I am a change agent.  I make my living helping individuals, teams and organizations identify their areas for improvement and market […]
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It’s Time for Post-Busy Season Renewal!

“One of the things we desperately need is a spiritual renewal in this country. We need a spiritual revival in America.” –Billy Graham With the spring tax filing season successfully behind us, we have an opportunity to start fresh and focus our energies on renewing our body, mind, and spirit for the important tasks that […]
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