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Oct 1 2014

Generating Real Breakthrough Results Requires Action

2014-10-01T14:04:46-06:00October 1st, 2014|Leadership, Personal Development|

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” Leonardo Di Vinci, Inventor and Artist As we meet with various CPA firm partner and manager teams across the country, we often caution them to refrain from listening to the discussion [...]

Sep 24 2014

Survey Results – Firms Are Moving Away From Time and Place

2014-09-24T09:06:21-06:00September 24th, 2014|Anytime Anywhere Work™, Communication, Current Affairs, Governance/Decision Making, HR/Organizational Development, Leadership|

Earlier this year, we launched a survey to collect information about the adoption of flexible work initiatives within public accounting firms. We asked firms to submit only one response per firm and were blessed with the generous sharing of 99 distinct firms. In this initial blog, we’ll share the highlights of the survey. In future [...]

Sep 19 2014

You Are Who You Are. But Does That Let You Off The Hook On Job Performance?

2014-09-19T11:20:19-06:00September 19th, 2014|Communication, HR/Organizational Development, Leadership, Personal Development|

We’ve been doing quite a bit of teaching about personality recently, using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and DISC profiles as the basis to lead self-discovery among individuals and teams. This work is inspiring and insightful, and we see the difference it makes as people begin to understand facets of their personality and how it [...]

Sep 10 2014

“Fall” Into Wellness

2014-09-10T13:35:16-06:00September 10th, 2014|Communication, Leadership, Personal Development|

It’s hard to believe we’re already in the month of September. Hopefully, you have had a successful and productive 8 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 the approaching September and October [...]

Sep 4 2014

Leadership Spotlight: Keith Barfield, Founding Member, Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith, LLC

2019-10-29T08:53:41-06:00September 4th, 2014|Leadership|

Keith Barfield is a Partner and founding member of Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith, LLC. He is a sparkly-eyed, always-smiling, motorcycle-riding practice developer and we truly appreciate his positive approach to leadership. Keith’s innovative firm, which features a brightly-colored zebra as its mascot, is the second largest locally owned accounting firm in Birmingham, Alabama, specializing [...]

Aug 27 2014

Do You Know What Your Clients’ Silence Means?

2014-08-27T14:01:49-06:00August 27th, 2014|Client Retention, Communication, Leadership|

When I teach topics like deepening client relationships and delivering exceptional client service, I discuss the importance of proactively meeting with clients outside of your regular engagement to further your relationship, identify any potential service issues and uncover new opportununities to add value.  Participants nod their heads in agreement and some even approach this discussion [...]

Aug 7 2014

What Does Employee Wellness Really Mean?

2014-08-07T10:42:13-06:00August 7th, 2014|HR/Organizational Development, Leadership, Personal Development|

Increasingly, firms are focusing on “wellness” programs and their value in maintaining employee health and happiness. “Wellness” and other buzz phrases like “work-life balance” were once considered a low priority on the strategic totem pole. But today, these ideas are now commanding more attention as firms strive to enhance employee well-being and retention. In this [...]

Jul 30 2014

Understanding How to Navigate Personality Differences on Teams

2014-07-30T11:40:04-06:00July 30th, 2014|Communication, Leadership, Personal Development|

Do you love your job but struggle dealing with management? Do you look forward to getting together with your clients but avoid meeting with your co-workers? Are you partners with someone in business or in your personal life with whom you experience as difficult? Do you feel that you are ineffective in problem-solving with certain [...]

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