Topic: management

Women Must See Politics as Leadership to Get Ahead

Four reasons women hold themselves back. 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. 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 […]

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16 Steps for Managing (not Juggling) Multiple Projects

Project management for accountants, by Ed Mendlowitz, the CPA Trendlines Practice Doctor…

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2015 FORECAST: Healthy Revenue Gains Nationwide for Firms of All Sizes

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Tax and accounting firms across the nation are projecting steady revenue gains through the end of 2014 and into the New Year…

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18 Ways to Blow a Partnership Opportunity

By Ed Mendlowitz The CPA Trendlines Practice Doctor QUESTION: I have been working for a one-owner CPA firm for the past eight years and want a partnership, but it hasn’t been offered. How should I approach it? RESPONSE: I had a couple of rather long discussions with this practitioner. Why, I don’t know. I suppose I was being polite to the person who told him to call me. Here is some additional information before I give my response:

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Is Your Chart of Accounts Stuck in the 1970s?

Help your clients account for marketing costs. By Sandi Smith Leyva The Accountant’s Accelerator One of the value-added services we can offer clients is to align their chart of accounts with their tax form so that the numbers are easy to pull off at tax time. But there’s an even bigger opportunity if we take a deeper look.

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Deciphering the Current State of the CPA Firm Merger Market

By Marc Rosenberg CPA Firm Mergers With 80 percent of first-generation firms never turning over to a second generation of owners, it’s no wonder that merger mania continues unabated. Each year sees increased merger activity over the one previous. “Merger mania” is particularly prevalent among the top 10 to 25 firms in the largest 75 markets in the U.S. and Canada, partly due to the “new normal” – an economy that remains too sluggish to satisfy the ambitious growth targets of these top performers. But acquiring talent and niches is equally as important a reason for mergers to these larger firms, as is increased revenue. Sellers, however, remain hesitant.

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

“Mirror, mirror on the wall: How am I doing?”

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Mergers: 11 Lessons from Done Deals

If they had it all to do over again…

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100 CPA Firms Named “Best Firms to Work For”

Congratulations to the winners of the Accounting Today program. The annual survey and awards program, which Accounting Today conducts in partnership with Best Companies Group, is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the accounting profession, benefiting its economy, workforce and businesses. They are:

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When a Staffer Stops Listening

Four issues and solutions in leadership and management. QUESTION: One of my managers is complaining that the staff don’t listen to him. The specifics are that he assigns work and it isn’t completed on time and is usually incomplete and full of errors. He says he doesn’t want to supervise people anymore. Any suggestions? ANSWER: I have many suggestions, sorted into four general areas. Here goes:

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The 8-Point Financial Tune-Up for Your Accounting Firm

How to tweak your firm’s financials and partner performance…

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Making Meetings More Productive

QUESTION: We have a lot of meetings where great ideas are exchanged and then…

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Can You Hear Me Now?

Eight reasons why accounting firms need to work on internal communications first. By Bruce W. Marcus Professional Services Marketing 3.0 A terrific definition of chaos is when a client asks two different people in your firm the same question – and gets two different and conflicting answers. More for PRO members: Managing Knowledge as a Growth and Management Tool • The Secret Formula for Getting New Clients • What We’ve Learned Since Accounting Marketing Was Legalized • Do Accounting Firms Really Want an ‘Image’? • What Accounting Firms Need to Learn from Personal Financial Planning Specialists • The Delicate Art of Positioning Your Firm in the Mind of the Prospect Another form of it is when there’s a crisis, and the […]

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