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Growing and Developing Future Leaders Is a Two-Way Street

Businessman with briefcase riding on rocket5 leadership skills to hone and 4 questions to ask about your firm.

By Carrie Steffen
Bridging the Gap

Bemoaning a lack of future leaders within the firm is not a solution to the perceived problem. Instead, it behooves current leaders to identify and nurture potential leaders, helping them develop the relevant skills and clearly communicate a defined path to leadership as well as expectations for applying targeted competencies. Young professionals with aspirations of leadership, in turn, must embrace opportunities and demonstrate willingness to meet current leaders partway.

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Firms are at a crossroad when it comes to transitioning to the next generation of leaders. According to the CPACA study on Succession Readiness, 48.3 percent of firms of all sizes cite “lack of future leadership talent” as a primary obstacle in their succession.

Narrow Your Social Focus

Young concentrated businessman writing notes down and looking at laptop in officePick one thing and do it well rather than try to be everywhere.

By Jody Padar
The Radical CPA

Each social media channel has its own language, culture and dialect. You need to make sure that your culture (aka your voice and how you post) matches the specific channel, otherwise it’s going to seem awkward.

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Social media has to be understood and used properly and even though you’re going to be experimenting there are also some unwritten rules. Make sure that you’re fol­lowing the basic rules of the social media channel you’re using.

Get Better, Work Better, Right Now

Businessman looking at calendar on tabletYou have an obligation to yourself. Put it on your calendar if that's what it takes.

By Bill Reeb

Whatever you decide you want to improve or accomplish takes effort. Relationships take effort. Your job takes effort. Having fun takes effort.

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Know that whatever is important to you could easily start to wither away if you don’t give it the right amount of attention.

Life Change As Opportunity

Senior businessman mentoring two younger workersEven traumatic times may open a window to be a hero to your clients ... with sensitivity, of course.

By Randy Fox
Ez Charitable

Life is always full of change. As advisors, we see our clients go through regular changes: new jobs, children heading off to college, death of a parent or birth of a grandchild.

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Viewed through a different lens, change presents opportunity to raise the questions about philanthropy. In many circumstances, philanthropy can be the best solution to the change that’s taking place, if only we will think to ask.

Accodex Sets Up a Platform for Practice Management

Portrait of Chris Hooper

The goal: admit new partners without bottlenecks.

By Kayleigh Padar

Chris Hooper, the CEO and managing partner of Accodex, recently redesigned the firm’s business model to respond to clients’ changing accounting needs. The firm operates in four areas: the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and the Philippines. It is made up of over 50 employees.

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“I started with a small practice in 2011 in Australia,” Hooper said. “It was 100 percent cloud, fixed fee, global from the get-go. There wasn’t really a need to change those fundamentals.”

Buyout When a Partner Dies

Older businessman leaning back thinkingIs the firm's life insurance up to date? Probably not.

By Marc Rosenberg

It's a tough question, but one that must be asked: In the event of a partner's death, does the firm wish to accelerate the buyout?

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There are two ways to do so: accelerate vesting or accelerate the payment schedule.

How Long Does It Take to Rank?

Person using search engine on laptopFocus on getting it right, not fast.

By Becky Livingston
The Accountant’s Social Media Handbook

There are many schools of thought about the length of time it takes to rank on the first page of Google’s (or Bing’s) search.

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According to Website Muscle, “The average time for websites to rank on Google through optimization (SEO) techniques is about three to six months.”

Offsite Backup Is Critical

Computer hard driveDon't forget about encryption.

By Roman H. Kepczyk
Quantum of Paperless

Your firm’s safety net in the event of ANY disaster is your data backup. It had better be consistently performed and securely stored offsite.

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Typically, firms have a problem when the process they relied on to make the backups didn’t work or were not complete because new servers, drives or directories were added but not updated in the backup program.

New Technology Purifies Water Using Sunlight

Abstract water wave with bubblesIt's going into a solar still.

By Rick Richardson

A new, low-cost technology could provide drinking water in regions where resources are scarce, or where natural disasters have struck.

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Scientists have developed a new technology that uses the sunlight to purify water with near-perfect efficiency.

PODCAST: John Repetti and Mitzi Hollenbeck of Citrin Cooperman

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Citrin Cooperman takes on the cannabis niche.

We catch up with the Citrin Cooperman executives at their booth at MJBizCon Next in New Orleans about why they took the plunge and how the calls keep coming.

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Happy Tax: Why You Need to Know Its Name

Fixing the broken retail tax prep model.

By Kayleigh Padar

What if tax CPAs charged labor for a platform and were not even a firm, but part of a franchise and technology play?

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This is the story of Happy Tax. And it is changing the nature of our business as we know it.

Stay in the Present

business meeting of a woman and two menThis goes for both your business and personal lives.

By Bill Reeb

Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming and realized a significant amount of time has passed while you were on autopilot and you can’t remember any details in between?

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In the beginning, when I was driving back and forth between Austin and Arlington when Michaelle was earning her Ph.D., I found that there were times when my mind would get immersed in a topic and when I came back to the present, I might have driven between 50 and 100 miles. I couldn’t remember passing through cities. I did make the drive often, so the road was familiar, but what a scary thought that I was driving a death machine at 70 miles an hour on a crowded freeway and had no recollection of my navigation for such a long distance.