They say “past results are no indication of future performance.” Maybe. Maybe not. But if anyone should know, it’s our panel of experts, their comments are drawn from the new edition of The Rosenberg MAP Survey. In this installment, the former CEO of Clifton Gunderson says too many firms are falling short of their own goals because of mis-managed partner teams. He doesn’t exactly blame it on greed. But we can. – Rick Telberg, CPA Trendlines CEO
By Carl George
Carl George Advisory
Lessons from 2015:
Succession remains an issue as the Baby Boomers are leaving the profession. I see many firms that have waited too long for succession planning, and, of course, the owners have aged. I call it the “clip the coupon for one more year syndrome”! The problem arises when that one year becomes three years, five years and longer.
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Without the next tier of leadership and ownership, some firms become very vulnerable, and they have to look at alternatives like merging up. Firms in this position oftentimes see the firm value declining as “buyer” firms may view them as high-risk firms.