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When I ask CPAs about their biggest operational challenge, their answers are remarkably similar. Nearly all have to do with how to deliver less-than-stellar news involving employee performance.

One of my friends who leads a small CPA firm expressed regret about hiring a bright young man who just couldn’t seem to get the work done on time. When I asked the managing partner how he handled the issue, he said, “Well, I gave him a very harsh review at the end of the year.” “How’d he take it?”, I asked. “Not well. He seemed upset and confused, and yet still nothing has changed.”

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Leadership, Management and Operations
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“You will become whoever you want to be.” You can find that quote in innumerable places, but it recently jumped out at me from the book It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden.¹

 

We were all told by our second grade teacher that we can do whatever we set our minds to. But comedian Chris D’Elia proves her wrong by pointing out that no matter how hard you try, you’ll never be able to poop out of your eyes. Read more

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Personal Growth
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As I consider the foundational components or requirements to scale a firm, one thing I would list is ‘Owner Health Activities.’ The more my partner and I grow our firm, the more important this becomes. I’m not only talking about working out at the gym, though physical health is a component. There is more to health than the physical aspect. Taking care of your mind can be a huge benefit as you grow your firm. The ability to think fast, think differently, think with others in the way they think, or think more deeply can make you a bullet-proof firm owner. And the emotional balance firm owners need during busy times, stressful times, and during elations is part of managing and maintaining health. Read more

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Leadership, Personal Growth
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There’s nothing firm owners enjoy less than an awkward, difficult, honest conversation with a team member. Yet have them you must. There are times when one of your employees isn’t performing well, is behaving poorly, or is simply tap dancing on your last nerve. Usually, the team member provides no help in initiating these conversations, because he seems to be blissfully unaware that anything is amiss. You’re totally on your own. What should you do? Read more

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Leadership, Personal Growth
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Get ready to have your busy season ruined.

 

Research that attempts to quantify the relationship between hours worked and productivity found that employee output falls sharply after a 50-hour work-week, and falls off a cliff after 55 hours—so much so that someone who puts in 70 hours produces nothing more with those extra 15 hours, according to a study published last year by John Pencavel of Stanford University.”

 

After reading that, the feeling you’re experiencing is called the Semmelweis reflex. It’s the involuntary, reflexive tendency to reject new information because it screws up the way you do stuff. And now you’re probably thinking that you’re not prone to the Semmelweis reflex; that’s called bias blind spot, where you’re like, “Yeah, I totally get it that other people are prone to Semmelweis reflex, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t affect me. I’m a CPA.” Read more

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CPA firm, Pricing, Strategy, Taxes
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Coaching continues to gain traction as a tool for personal and professional development. In a recent survey, 87% of leaders rated their work with a coach as mostly or very effective. Ninety-five percent of them said they would hire a coach again.

Coaching is a great resource to launch and/or grow a CPA practice. Many practitioners use coaching to develop vital business-building competencies like marketing, communication skills, staff development, and process improvement. But the more profound value of coaching comes from the lasting change it helps create. Read more

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Coaching, Guest Post
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