Topic: career planning

When Accountants Don’t Know They Don’t Know

By Sandi Smith Leyva The Accountant’s Accelerator Early in my career, one of my favorite things to teach was Maslow’s four stages of learning.  I still think it’s one of the most valuable and profound pieces of information I have come across in my learning. Maybe you recall, too: Unconscious incompetence. Conscious incompetence. Conscious competence. Unconscious competence. Here’s how it applies to accountants:

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Five Thinking Patterns That Will Keep You Playing Small

What makes you flinch? By Sandi Smith Leyva Accountant’s Accelerator If you feel you should be doing better than you are in business, you may have a belief pattern that is unconsciously holding you back. The first step is to bring it to the surface. Only then can it be addressed, released and replaced with a belief that will lead you to increased success. Here are five of the most common thinking patterns or beliefs that will keep your accounting business from growing.

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Today’s Top Priorities for New Accounting Grads

Many accounting students face the enviable dilemma of choosing between job offers…

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Accounting Firms Launch New War for Talent

Firms are hiring, and many staffers are thinking about a job change. Get more details, join the survey. By Rick Telberg CPA Trendlines Now five years since the banking crash that forced record layoffs at tax and accounting firms, new survey results from CPA Trendlines Research show intensifying competition for talent, with more than 42% of accountants reporting that their firms are hiring and about half of all staffers ready to make a move. “There’s a labor shortage out there,” according to Chris Hatcher, a partner at Louisville, Ky., Baldwin CPAs. “Finding good talent is hard.” Hatcher says Baldwin CPAs is looking for professionals with ambition, which he defines as an “owners  mentality.” In this report, CPA Trendlines Research: – […]

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18 Pieces of Today’s Best Job Advice

Get certified. Apply early and often.  Join the survey; get the results. By Rick Telberg I’m looking over the early responses to our new CPA Careers survey and one stands out for its practicality and wisdom. This from a veteran senior finance manager at a Fortune 1000 company is, I think, 18 pieces of the best advice I’ve ever heard. 1. For the accountant who is not a CPA yet: If you’re not  a CPA already, make it a goal. 2. If you need hours, apply to every accounting firm that you could drive to or are willing to move close to. 3. Apply beginning in mid-April, after busy season, when accounting firms clean house.

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Three and a Half Ways to Get Your Own CPA Practice

And 11 good tips for once you do. Here at CPA Trendlines, Ed Mendlowitz answers some of the toughest questions practitioners can throw at him. He’s the right one to ask. After more than 40 years in the business – building his own practice, running the firm, and eventually selling it to a major regional firm, WithumSmith+Brown, where he remains a senior partner and consultant to professional services clients – he has the answers. We’re happy to have him at CPA Trendlines. Send your questions for Ed here, or chime in with Comments below. More from Ed Mendlowitz, The Practice Doctor Q&A: Novice Manager Needs to Know: How To Do It All? | Why No One Listens to You | […]

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Novice Manager Needs to Know: How To Do It All?

15 strategies for a first-time supervisor’s success. Here at CPA Trendlines, Ed Mendlowitz answers some of the toughest questions practitioners can throw at him. He’s the right one to ask. After more than 40 years in the business – building his own practice, running the firm, and eventually selling it to a major regional firm, WithumSmith+Brown, where he remains a senior partner and consultant to professional services clients – he has the answers. We’re happy to have him at CPA Trendlines. Send your questions for Ed here, or chime in with Comments below. More from Ed Mendlowitz, The Practice Doctor Q&A: Why No One Listens to You | Fun Reads for Busy Season  |  When NOT to Offer a Free Initial […]

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Fun Reads for Busy Season

Be kind to your brain and your brain will be kind to you. Ed Mendlowitz answers some of the toughest questions practitioners can throw at him. He’s the right one to ask. After more than 40 years in the business – building his own practice, running the firm, and eventually selling it to a major regional firm, WithumSmith+Brown, where he remains a senior partner and consultant to professional services clients – he has the answers. RELATED:  When NOT to Offer a Free Initial Consultation | Measuring Growth in Yourself, Staff and Partners  |  What Do You Think You’re Doing?  | Can You Teach Judgment?  |  Clients’ Calls At Home  | What You Need to Know before Expanding into Business Valuation […]

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Measuring Growth in Yourself, Staff and Partners

“Knowledge Gap” method uses a client-centric approach. Ed Mendlowitz answers some of the toughest questions practitioners can throw at him. He’s the right one to ask. After more than 40 years in the business – building his own practice, running the firm, and eventually selling it to a major regional firm, WithumSmith+Brown, where he remains a senior partner and consultant to professional services clients – he has the answers. More for CPA Trendlines PRO Members: What Do You Think You’re Doing?  | Can You Teach Judgment?  |  Clients’ Calls At Home  | What You Need to Know before Expanding into Business Valuation | Asking an Attorney for a Referral Fee  |  Are Partner Retreats Really Worth the Cost? | Audit […]

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