Blog Posts by Tamera Loerzel

Monkey Mind: Taming the Chatter

Have you ever searched everywhere for your glasses and found them on top of your head? Or driven somewhere and not be able to remember the exact route you took to get there, or worse, ended up somewhere different than where you planned? Do you find yourself changing topics frequently in a conversation and then […]
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The Key To ATAWW™ Success – Communication!

Communication is a central theme in our work with leaders at all levels. Whether it’s communicating to help team members adopt change, sharing your firm’s vision and how each element contributes to achieving that vision, following up on feedback from an employee engagement survey, or delivering feedback, communication is key to building a high-performing firm. […]
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Feedback Is The Breakfast of Champions…

At least it is according to Ken Blanchard, author, leadership expert and coach. And we agree – as do athletic champions! If you study championship athletes, you’ll find that not only do they appreciate feedback, but they seek it out from their coaches, teammates, other experts in their field and by watching videos of their […]
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Knowing is Not The Same As Doing

The New Year provides an opportunity for reflection on past accomplishments and commitments not yet fulfilled plus a wide open space of 12 new months to commit – or recommit – to new goals. I’ve been thinking about and exploring one of our core leadership tenets: “Knowing is not the same as doing” and thought […]
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What Is On The Other Side Of Your Door This Thanksgiving?

The Thanksgiving holiday conjures up many different feelings for people. Some are excited to celebrate the day with their family and friends with lovingly cooked meals, passed-down traditions and recipes and a luxuriously long weekend. For others, it brings sadness, loneliness or even pain. And, with the challenges facing our nation, at the macro, group […]
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The Biggest Barrier to Anytime, Anywhere Work™ – Sludge

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 to address and overcome. But there is a BIG issue […]
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Do You Have an Employee Engagement Strategy?

“Most workers, many of whom are millennials, approach a role and a company with a highly defined set of expectations. They want their work to have meaning and purpose. They want to use their talents and strengths to do what they do best every day. They want to learn and develop. They want their job to […]
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Asking for Transparency – What Does That Really Mean?

When facilitating visioning sessions with both current partners and their NextGen leaders, one element consistently emerges as crucial to their becoming a NextGen firm: transparency. Yes, it’s a request of the NextGen leaders, and it is often contrary to Baby Boomers’ and older Gen Xers’ approach of “Just put your head down, don’t ask any […]
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Crawl Out of the Hole of Setbacks and Failure

In my blog, Failure is Not Fatal, I explored some strategies to persevere when setbacks and failures rear their ugly head. They include setting a new goal, getting into action, not being a lone ranger and persevering. These strategies are valid and offer good reminders to help us move through setbacks and on to the […]
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You Want to Become Partner? Six Internal Networking Activities Will Pave the Way!

One common objective shared by many of our leadership program participants is to increase their visibility in their firm. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small firm or large firm or what segment you’re in, if you want to be elevated, those who will be advocating for you and ultimately voting on your future need […]
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Staying Positive

At this time of the year, the various busy season deadlines, spring upon us, and new activities thrown into our schedule require increased time and effort, driving our stress level up. Here are six ideas to help maintain positivity – and even reduce the feeling of stress – that you can practice during these peak […]
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The Miracle of the Season

Lights sparkling on houses and street corners. Candles burning in windows and on the mantle. Gifts creating anticipation for the young and not so young. I think the magic of the holiday season sparks a little more excitement and wonder and gives us an opportunity to reflect on our many blessings as we close another […]
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Give Up These (BAD) Verbal Habits!

Communication continually comes up in employee surveys as a top area firms can improve and it’s often an area that leaders can improve individually, too. When we coach leaders in our leadership development programs and individual coaching programs, we often identify sneaky and unempowering verbal habits that, when addressed, can dramatically improve how others perceive […]
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My Biggest Cheerleader – My Dad

My Dad passed away this Labor Day after a long battle with prostate cancer. My stepmom, Diane, asked me to give his eulogy and as I reflected on what to say, I realized that my Dad was one of my biggest cheerleaders in life. I think we all can use more cheerleaders in our corner, […]
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Succession is EVERYWHERE – Even in a Disney Movie!

Earlier this summer, I thought I’d take a little break from all my spring travel by enjoying a Disney movie with my son. I thought I would get a reprieve from all the discussions around succession planning, current leaders struggling to let go and future leaders yearning to be empowered to drive new change in […]
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The Most Effective, Efficient Way to Develop Your People: Experiential Learning Opportunities

Most firms focus their learning initiatives on technical CPE, service methodologies and technology training. And, your team members with the highest level of technical competence are praised, rewarded, and promoted, until they reach the level of manager.  At that point, most firms expect those same highly technical people to suddenly “sprout” leadership and management abilities. […]
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The Attack on Profitability

The theme of INSIDE Public Accounting’s 2016 Benchmark Report is, “Steady as she goes, but watch the horizon.” Firms are experiencing good times again with an average of 6.1% organic growth and 30.2% net income for all firms nationally, according to IPA. The caveat is that we’re in one of the tightest labor shortages we’ve […]
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Moving from Transactional to Transformational Client Service

Most of us, if asked, would say that we are committed to delivering exceptional client service. However, when asked what exceptional client service looks like, we hear things like “delivering the engagement on time (or early) and within (or under) budget” and “being available and responsive to client requests and questions.” I assert those represent […]
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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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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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