Topic: leadership

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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Six New Year’s Tips for Leaders in Tax and Accounting

By August Aquila Creating the Effective Partnership Every book you read on leadership will tell you certain things you need to do to become a good leader. However, you can do these things and still not be someone who people want to follow. MORE on LEADERSHIP: Research, But Also Be Ready to Act | Leader Training Is Time Well Spent |  Successful Strategy Execution Requires Focus on People | Managing Partners Must Remember Partners’ Needs | Like Herding Cats: Partners Must ‘Walk Together’ | 5 Questions About Your Firm’s Direction | Partners Have Love-Hate Relationship with Leadership  | What Does Being a Partner Mean? | Mirror, Mirror on the Wall | The 8-Point Financial Tune-Up for Your Accounting Firm | Three […]

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Research, But Also Be Ready to Act

One key: Accept that there are many different ways of achieving the same objective. By Robert J. Lees, August J. Aquila and Derek Klyhn Not every firm can be the market leader. MORE ON LEADERSHIP: 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’ But every firm can have a culture of excellence, of striving to be the best at everything they do and of reinventing themselves as the markets for both clients and people change.

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Leader Training Is Time Well Spent

Four questions to test your leadership culture…

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Successful Strategy Execution Requires Focus on People

Momentum is critical in driving change, so it is no surprise that the initiation of activities that drive and support the strategy is key…

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5 Questions About Your Firm’s Direction

Setting direction is the first step. By Robert J. Lees, August J. Aquila and Derek Klyhn Creating the Effective Partnership How do successful managing partners respond to the internal and external challenges they face? Without exception, all of the partners we spoke to talked about the need to have a clear sense of direction that the partners, in particular, could coalesce around. But what they considered even more important is the translation of that direction into a compelling vision and the strategies for achieving it.

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Jody Padar to Lead All-Day Online “Radical CPA” Workshop

The Radical CPA: New Rules for the Future-Ready Firm…

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Different Standards, Double Binds Challenge Women

Women are judged on their performance, men on their potential. 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: 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 | The 6 Market Advantages of Women-Led Firms | Beyond Mentoring: Why Sponsoring Women for Leadership Matters Different standards: People expect more of women than of men and they hold women to higher standards. This sets […]

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