Inspired Ideas

Reflections On My TLP Journey

When I was first asked to participate in the Transformational Leadership Program™ (TLP) for the Fall 2018-19 program, I was filled with excitement. This was followed shortly by one blaring question: how will I possibly find the time in my already “busy” life to commit to the TLP? It was at that moment that I […]
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Personal Crisis Intervention

As professional coaches, we spend a lot of time and energy dealing with crises that take place in the lives of other people.  Usually, the crises are business-related although sometimes they can be in their personal lives, specifically when they interfere with the business outcomes.  In our organizations, we find ourselves navigating partner conflicts, communication […]
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Are You Undermining Client Transition?

Transition is top of mind for most CPA firms today. The topic emerges in almost every conversation we have with clients, at conferences and in our everyday interactions with firm leaders. Whether we’re talking to firm leaders or emerging leaders, client loss is one of the biggest fears commonly shared by BOTH transitioners and their […]
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Leaving Others Lighter

My days are full of communication with the people in my personal life, my work, and my community. Some of my interactions are highly interpersonal and intimate, while others are random collisions with strangers. Here’s an interesting thing I’ve noticed, and it applies to those I know well and others I have just met. 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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Getting Re-Started

Many of us made “non-negotiable” plans as we entered Busy Season 2019 to remain focused on our personal leadership goals – no matter what. And to be relentless in not allowing Busy Season to be a “steamroller” on each of us personally and the important people in our lives.  Even so, possibly due to the […]
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Leadership Lessons from a Trekkie

Nearly every Thursday night in 1990, you could find my brother and I sitting on the floor in my parent’s bedroom with a bowl of popcorn anxiously anticipating the airing of a new episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was our reward – our deeply loved tradition – and an opening for educational […]
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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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Convergence Spotlight: Sarah Brodersen

This Convergence Spotlight features Sarah Brodersen, our newest team member! Sarah joined us in December 2018 and coordinates the many administrative duties required to keep our team operating smoothly. From managing logistics and communications for our various leadership programs to preparing our web platforms for client engagements and webinars and so much more, Sarah ensures that […]
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Managing Anxiety in Busy Season

As we approach April 15th or other impending deadlines, whether we are the accountant or the client, we tend to get anxious.  It often feels like so much more to do than we can handle in the time allowed.  Just the word “Deadline” implies something stressful in itself.  Here are a few suggestions for changing […]
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Demystifying Meditation

This week, we welcome the first blog from our own Sarah Brodersen who joined us in December 2018 and is responsible for coordinating all of our Transformational Leadership Program™ and other Leadership Development programs.  Sarah is a long-time seeker of personal growth and exploration, which has taken on many forms, including her study of yoga […]
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Is Your Firm Leaving Potential Leadership Successors Behind?

Firms around the country are struggling to recruit and retain experienced professionals to serve their clients. Partners are nearing retirement, and many don’t have clear successors in place to ensure their firms keep running. Given the need for talent, we should leave no stone unturned in our quest to identify our next generation of leaders. […]
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You Set Your Goals, Then Busy Season Happens…

Accounting and tax professionals call this time of the year the “busy season.”  But since we’re chronically busy year-round, shouldn’t January through April actually be referred to as the “busier season?” One thing I know for sure:  when it comes to working and progressing on our personal and professional goals, busy season is an obstacle that must be overcome. […]
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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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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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Using the MBTI® to Enhance Individual and Firm Success

“Know thyself.  Every heart vibrates to this iron string.”   ~ Socrates The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) is a self-reported assessment which seeks to identify certain personality characteristics.  The MBTI is based on the psychological theory of Dr. Carl G. Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist.  He identified important roles in people’s communication styles, how they would perform […]
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Velcroing Your People to You

According to the 2018 IPA National Benchmarking Report, CPA firms lost an average of 13% of their precious talent resources last year. Breaking that statistic down further, IPA found that 75% of firm turnover was voluntary, comprised of people who chose to leave for another CPA firm or even leave the profession entirely. There are […]
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Are You Relentless?

This past Saturday, I attended the 2019 No Regrets Men’s Conference – an annual event sponsored by Elmbrook Church near Milwaukee and broadcast to 120+ Host Sites in the U.S. and Canada.  I was one of 10,000 men coming together with the shared desire of becoming better servant leaders at home, in church, on the […]
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Don’t Leave Your Remote Culture to Chance

When I first divulge to a new acquaintance or friend that I am a 100% virtual employee at ConvergenceCoaching the first response I seem to receive is, “Whoa! I am jealous. I wish I got to work at home.” Quickly followed by a second more intriguing question, “So do you actually know your co-workers?” I […]
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