Partners: When To Speak Up and When To Shut Up

Sometimes the team needs to come first.

By Marc Rosenberg
The Rosenberg Practice Management Library

To paraphrase Shakespeare: When to speak up and when to shut up – that is the question. There are times partners should speak their minds and times they should remain silent.

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A great managing partner once told me, “If you’re not building the firm, then you’re not a partner.”  This post is about two ways (there are others) that partners build the firm. First, by speaking up when your partners need to hear what you think.

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Marc Rosenberg, CPA, is a nationally known consultant, author and speaker on CPA firm management, strategy, and partner issues.

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