Topic: leadership

Mentor or Sponsor? How to Distinguish Roles

Plus 18 ways to help. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know The practice of mentorship is well known and well established in today’s workplace. A mentor is someone who helps a more junior person learn, develop and achieve her professional goals. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: Is Sponsorship Right for Your Firm? | And Now, a Few Words About Sex (and 14 Tips) | Make Flexible Scheduling Work for Everyone | Your Protégée Needs Your Feedback |  9 Ways to Promote Your Protégée to Others | 8 Ways to Help Your Protégée Focus on Career Opportunities | How to Start an Effective Sponsorship … and Follow Through | 3 Ways to Initiate Informal Sponsorship […]

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4 Ways Women Leaders Improve Firms

Plus 6 market advantages. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Most male leaders today under­stand how important it is to keep high-performing women in the pipeline and help them achieve their potential within the organization. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: Is Sponsorship Right for Your Firm? | And Now, a Few Words About Sex (and 14 Tips) | Make Flexible Scheduling Work for Everyone | Your Protégée Needs Your Feedback |  9 Ways to Promote Your Protégée to Others | 8 Ways to Help Your Protégée Focus on Career Opportunities | 3 Ways to Initiate Informal Sponsorship | How to Establish a Sponsor-Protégée Relationship | 3 Roadblocks to Women and Men Working Together Well […]

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CPA Firms Must ‘Man Up’ and Get Women On Board

Beyond mentoring: Why sponsoring women for leadership matters. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Smart accounting firm leaders want to be in the forefront of efforts to advance women. As the global economy continues to become more competitive, firms need to use all the talent they can muster — and more and more of that talent will be women. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: Is Sponsorship Right for Your Firm? | And Now, a Few Words About Sex (and 14 Tips) | Make Flexible Scheduling Work for Everyone | Your Protégée Needs Your Feedback |  9 Ways to Promote Your Protégée to Others | 8 Ways to Help Your Protégée Focus on Career Opportunities […]

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5 Ways to Roll With the Changes You Didn’t Want

Attitude is a big factor. Change, in business as in life, doesn’t always happen the way we want it. Especially in busy season. It’s at those times when we may need some help. Here, from “change expert” M.J. Ryan, author of “AdaptAbility: How to Survive Change You Didn’t Ask For,” are a few helpful thoughts… 1. Focus on the solution, not the problem. Because society rewards analytic thinking, we believe that identifying the cause of our troubles is the answer: Why is this happening? That’s a starting point, but don’t spend too much time there. What are you going to do about where you are?

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Is Sponsorship Right for Your Firm?

6 steps to help you get started. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Sponsorship is a personal undertaking. A man who sponsors a woman takes it upon himself to advance her career. He puts his reputation on the line for her and tells the world she is worth it. She still has to earn that promotion, but his solid, public vote of confidence – and the power he puts behind it – at least gives her a fair chance to get it.  MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: And Now, a Few Words About Sex (and 14 Tips) | Make Flexible Scheduling Work for Everyone | Your Protégée Needs Your Feedback |  9 Ways to […]

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And Now, a Few Words About Sex (and 14 Tips)

Your protégée may have concerns. You should anticipate them. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know If you are concerned about the possibility of sex-related problems, consider the degree of risk involved and whether you are willing to assume it. Before you decide, consider first that you might be exaggerating the risk, and second that this is a risk that can be prevented and managed. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: Your Protégée Needs Your Feedback |  9 Ways to Promote Your Protégée to Others | 8 Ways to Help Your Protégée Focus on Career Opportunities | How to Start an Effective Sponsorship … and Follow Through | 3 Roadblocks to Women and Men Working Together […]

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Make Flexible Scheduling Work for Everyone

Your protégée needs you to have her back. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know A talented, ambitious woman who works less than full time or takes extended family leave is extremely vulnerable to being derailed professionally. Whether because she is “out of sight/out of mind,” or because people doubt her commitment, she may be disregarded for promotions or high-profile projects. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: Your Protégée Needs Your Feedback |  9 Ways to Promote Your Protégée to Others | 8 Ways to Help Your Protégée Focus on Career Opportunities | How to Establish a Sponsor-Protégée Relationship | Women Must See Politics as Leadership to Get Ahead | Mommy Bias Persists | Different Standards, […]

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9 Ways to Promote Your Protégée to Others

Good news: You don’t have to do it alone. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Promoting your protégée to others is an important part of sponsorship. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: 8 Ways to Help Your Protégée Focus on Career Opportunities | How to Start an Effective Sponsorship … and Follow Through | 3 Ways to Initiate Informal Sponsorship | How to Establish a Sponsor-Protégée Relationship | 3 Roadblocks to Women and Men Working Together Well | Different Standards, Double Binds Challenge Women | 5 Ways Gender Bias Plays Out at CPA Firms | 3 Reasons Why Men Don’t Pick Women Protégées | Men Advance 2 to 1 over Women without Sponsors | 18 […]

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8 Ways to Help Your Protégée Focus on Career Opportunities

Beware of gender traps. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Once you have identified a woman to sponsor and determined that you click, you may be wondering how to get started. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: How to Start an Effective Sponsorship … and Follow Through | 3 Ways to Initiate Informal Sponsorship | How to Establish a Sponsor-Protégée Relationship | Women Must See Politics as Leadership to Get Ahead | Different Standards, Double Binds Challenge Women | 5 Ways Gender Bias Plays Out at CPA Firms | 3 Reasons Why Men Don’t Pick Women Protégées | Men Advance 2 to 1 over Women without Sponsors | 18 Ways Sponsors Can Help Their Protegees […]

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How Will You Choose Your Next Managing Partner?

Two questions to consider. By Robert J. Lees, August J. Aquila and Derek Klyhn The role of managing partner is just too important and too complex to leave the selection of the appropriate candidate to chance. MORE ON LEADERSHIP: Four Key Questions for Managing Partners | Research, But Also Be Ready to Act | Leader Training Is Time Well Spent | Managing Partners Must Remember Partners’ Needs | 5 Questions About Your Firm’s Direction | Like Herding Cats: Partners Must ‘Walk Together’ With the scale of the challenges firms are facing, no firm we know can afford not to identify and develop a group of partners with the ability to successfully take on the role of managing partner in the […]

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How to Start an Effective Sponsorship … and Follow Through

17 specific action steps you should take. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know When you sponsor a woman, there are many steps that you can take to ensure that the relationship is productive and achieves its objectives. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: 3 Ways to Initiate Informal Sponsorship | How to Establish a Sponsor-Protégée Relationship | 3 Roadblocks to Women and Men Working Together Well | Fear of Sex and Rumors Inhibits Sponsorship | Why Women Resist Networking and Powerful Role Models | Women Must See Politics as Leadership to Get Ahead | Mommy Bias Persists | Different Standards, Double Binds Challenge Women | 5 Ways Gender Bias Plays Out at CPA Firms Here are […]

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Four Key Questions for Managing Partners

More than staying close to clients. By Robert J. Lees, August J. Aquila and Derek Klyhn A significant application of judgment exhibited by successful managing partners is in their decision to stay close to their own and the firm’s key client relationships. MORE ON LEADERSHIP: Research, But Also Be Ready to Act | Leader Training Is Time Well Spent | Managing Partners Must Remember Partners’ Needs | 5 Questions About Your Firm’s Direction | Like Herding Cats: Partners Must ‘Walk Together’ We defined “close” in the research as not doing fee-earning work but being more than the review partner. “Close” was having serious conversations with key clients about their issues, about what was going on in their markets and being […]

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3 Ways to Initiate Informal Sponsorship

And three ways to start the conversation. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Most sponsorship occurs informally, without any structured or programmatic context. Informal sponsor-protégée relationships usually start in one of three ways. MORE on SPONSORING WOMEN for LEADERSHIP: How to Establish a Sponsor-Protégée Relationship | 3 Roadblocks to Women and Men Working Together Well | Fear of Sex and Rumors Inhibits Sponsorship | Men Advance 2 to 1 over Women without Sponsors | 18 Ways Sponsors Can Help Their Protegees | The 6 Market Advantages of Women-Led Firms | Beyond Mentoring: Why Sponsoring Women for Leadership Matters The most common way is when a senior manager or partner identifies someone as a star performer, believes that […]

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