Topic: leadership

Keep Close Relationships From Getting Too Close

Fears of sexual innuendo and gossip block talent development. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know A close work relationship between a man and a woman can generate sexual tensions in one or both of them. When the man is older and powerful and the woman is young and ambitious, the potential for complications is even greater. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: 4 Reasons Women Hold Themselves Back | 4 Ways Sponsors Can Help Women Seek Power | Bias About Women with Families Lingers | Judged on Performance, Not Potential? Must Be a Woman | Gender Bias Still a Problem | Why Women Are Overlooked (And How to Fix It) | 3 Ways Men Are […]

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Management Guru Chester Elton on Success

Three key insights for accountants on how to inspire staff, wow clients and convey appreciation. Called the “Apostle of Appreciation,” Chester Elton is co-author of several successful leadership books. After analyzing the results of 850,000 interviews, Elton’s team found that those who are happiest and most successful are engaged in work that aligns with what motivates them. His latest book, “What Motivates Me,” offers an extensively tested method to help business people identify their core motivators and figure out the disconnects between their passions and their current work. Hitendra Patil, Pransform COO and CPA Trendlines contributor, met Elton and asked him three important questions about CPA firm leadership – motivating staff, satisfying clients and showing appreciation.

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4 Ways Sponsors Can Help Women Seek Power

Why women resist networking and powerful role models. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Networking issues: Women tend to have a limited appreciation of how their networks can help them get ahead professionally. Developing strong business networks is critical for career advancement. Because a leader operates through others, her value and effectiveness are largely tied to the power of her network. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: Bias About Women with Families Lingers | Judged on Performance, Not Potential? Must Be a Woman | Gender Bias Still a Problem | Why Women Are Overlooked (And How to Fix It) | 3 Ways Men Are Favored in the Workplace | Women Need Promotions, Not Just Advice […]

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Job 1 for The Practice Owner: Client Management

The 8 critical ways CPA firm owners must manage clients. By Bill Reeb Succession Institute Whether you simply desire to improve your firm’s operations or identify and implement a new long-term strategy, you need to be clear about the role that the owners, partners or shareholders should be playing in your firm.

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4 Reasons Women Hold Themselves Back

They have to see politics as leadership to get ahead. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Many women are uncomfortable calling attention to their achievements and ambitions, dislike politics, have difficulty asking others for a career boost or underestimate the importance of powerful backers. This makes it harder for potential sponsors to recognize how worthy these women are of their support. Some women hurt their own chances for sponsorship by failing to let sponsors know what they want and why they merit it. Sponsors are drawn to star performers who display confidence and a drive to succeed. Where a man might insist he is the right person for a job and ask to be promoted, […]

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Bias About Women with Families Lingers

Mothers still seen as less committed to work than fathers. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know One pattern of gender bias is exhibiting “maternal wall” bias, which leads people to believe that women with children are unable to meet the demands of leadership. People assume that women with children are less committed to their work. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: Judged on Performance, Not Potential? Must Be a Woman | Gender Bias Still a Problem | Why Women Are Overlooked (And How to Fix It) | 3 Ways Men Are Favored in the Workplace | Women Need Promotions, Not Just Advice | Mentor or Sponsor? How to Distinguish Roles | 4 Ways Women Leaders […]

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Judged on Performance, Not Potential? Must Be a Woman

Different standards, double binds challenge women. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Common patterns of gender bias include holding women to higher standards than men and expressing contradictory expectations (“double binds”) for women. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: Gender Bias Still a Problem | Why Women Are Overlooked (And How to Fix It) | 3 Ways Men Are Favored in the Workplace | Women Need Promotions, Not Just Advice | Mentor or Sponsor? How to Distinguish Roles | 4 Ways Women Leaders Improve Firms | CPA Firms Must ‘Man Up’ and Get Women On Board | | Make Flexible Scheduling Work for Everyone | Your Protégée Needs Your Feedback Different standards: People expect more […]

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Gender Bias Still a Problem

5 ways men receive preferential treatment. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Gender bias reflects entrenched beliefs and assumptions about women based on stereotypes about appropriate roles and behaviors for women. Unconscious thoughts about the kinds of work women are and are not suited for, especially if they are mothers, remove highly qualified women from consideration for leadership opportunities and positions. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: Why Women Are Overlooked (And How to Fix It) | 3 Ways Men Are Favored in the Workplace | Women Need Promotions, Not Just Advice | Mentor or Sponsor? How to Distinguish Roles | 4 Ways Women Leaders Improve Firms | CPA Firms Must ‘Man Up’ and Get […]

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Why Women Are Overlooked (And How to Fix It)

3 reasons why men don’t pick women protégées. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Let’s assume a powerful man works with two junior colleagues, a man and a woman, who are both equally talented, motivated and superbly skilled performers. According to what we know from research and experience, that powerful man is more likely to sponsor the man than the woman. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: 3 Ways Men Are Favored in the Workplace | Women Need Promotions, Not Just Advice | Mentor or Sponsor? How to Distinguish Roles | 4 Ways Women Leaders Improve Firms | CPA Firms Must ‘Man Up’ and Get Women On Board Why is that? What factors go into […]

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