Top Three Tips for 2020 Success

As talent wars drive tech strategies.

By Sarah Dobek
The Rosenberg MAP Survey

Heading into the new year, firms are diversifying their services to strengthen their position in the market and gain the ability to go deeper with clients.

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The most popular new offerings are wealth management, client accounting services and some version of consulting.

However, the majority of firms are struggling to define and build out their consulting practice. There is still a lot of confusion between consulting and advisory services.
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2019: Doing More With Less

Also closely examined: whether clients are the right fit.

By Sarah Dobek
The Rosenberg Survey: National Study of CPA Firm Statistics

It's all about transition. The transition of leadership feels like it's peaking at a lot of firms. If firms aren't on the tail end of a transition, they're in the middle of it.

MORE FROM THE MAP SURVEY: 2019: The Biggest Tech Changes Yet | Why You Need a Tech Strategy Consultant | 2019: Why Small Firms Shun Mergers | 2019: Expect More Alliances | 2019: Firms Grapple with Change | Staff Policies Improve, But Not Mentoring
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Among these transition opportunities, we're noticing a few things.
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Survey: Many Firms in Transition

Pair of men's black shoes with words "Are you ready?" written above toesAre you walking or just talking?

By Sarah Johnson Dobek
Rosenberg MAP Survey

We saw 2016 as the year of transition for many firms.

MORE FROM THE MAP SURVEY: Technology Playing Center Stage in CPA Profession
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For firms that have been making the changes to grow and adapt to the marketplace, they had a good year. For many other firms that had been doing more talking than doing, we saw them struggle. Growth was down or nonexistent.
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6 Tips for Fostering Leadership in Your Organization

Smiling businessman in front of his boss3 each for current and future leaders.

By Sarah Johnson Dobek
Bridging the Gap

Encouraging new leaders and creating smooth transitions are easy goals to identify. Homing in on specific tactics to accomplish these broad objectives can be much more difficult.

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This post offers practical suggestions from current leaders at firms that are finding success at developing the leadership capabilities of younger team members.
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