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5 Tips for a Successful First Day of Coaching

By Jackie Flesher, CPA, CGMA on 7/6/20 9:00 AM

For the person being coached: If you’ve read my previous blog posts on how to identify and choose a career coach (or mentor), you’re probably wondering how a coaching relationship works in the real world. Here are my top five tips for how to prepare, and what to expect, at your first meeting:   

Topics: Your People Career Coach Mentorship Employee Engagement Coaching for Success
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4 Practical Questions to Kick-Start Remote Work Success Now

By Bob Amey on 6/18/20 9:00 AM

As an industry, remote work adoption has been slow until it was thrust upon us as a way to mitigate COVID-19-related shutdowns. As states start to enter phases two and three, the natural discussion of how to allow staff to work remotely in the long-term emerges.

Topics: Technology Your People Remote Staff COVID-19
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Leadership Strategies for Adapting to Market Disruption

By Mike Sabbatis on 6/15/20 9:00 AM

Over the last few months, we have all been adapting. Adapting to new work environments, new social normals, new schedules, new anxieties, and functioning in a continual state of uncertainty. Our leadership skills have been put to the test as we pivot to address our new challenges while defining our strategies and new visions for future success. In the words of Daniel Burrus, futurist author, “post-pandemic success will be based on what we do right now, not what we do post-pandemic.”

Topics: Your People Growth Remote Staff Future Forward COVID-19 Productivity Roadmap
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Kill the Meetings: 5 Strategies to Increase Your Capacity

By Hillarie Diaz, CPA on 6/8/20 9:00 AM

What would you do with an hour back each day? What about 30 minutes? Would you take the opportunity to work on that planning initiative that's been sitting in your inbox for more than a month, spend a little time planning for next quarter, or maybe even leave the office and get home in time to read the kids a book before bedtime?

Topics: Your People Growth Productivity Enablement Lifehack increasing capacity
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6 Tips on Coaching During COVID-19

By Jackie Flesher, CPA, CGMA on 6/1/20 9:00 AM

Note from the editor: This post is directed at those who coach or mentor their colleagues.

What can a coach do during a global pandemic? Plenty! Now is the time for coaches to step up their efforts and keep coaching relationships strong during this crisis.

Topics: Your People Remote Staff Career Coach Mentorship featured COVID-19
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5 Ways to Maintain Momentum During an Extended Busy Season

By David Harris on 5/28/20 9:00 AM

If this were a typical tax season, right now we’d be talking about how to maintain momentum post-busy season. My tips would include advising managers to focus their junior staff on studying for and passing their CPA and ethics exams, encouraging training and CPE acquisition, and recommending that everyone start planning vacations, even if it’s just a long weekend.

Topics: Your People Tax Public Accounting COVID-19 Tax Season 2019 Productivity Roadmap
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Coaching During COVID-19 - What Employees Need Right Now

By Jackie Flesher, CPA, CGMA on 5/4/20 9:00 AM

“Good leadership isn’t about advancing yourself. It’s about advancing your team.” This comment, attributed to John Maxwell, resonates with me right now.

Topics: Your People Career Coach Mentorship Employee Engagement COVID-19
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Insights on Work At Home

By Randy Johnston, Executive Vice President, K2 Enterprises on 4/27/20 9:00 AM

Technology now plays a significant role in virtually every type of business. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies had to work at home, including professional accounting firms. During a post-tax season debriefing, it was interesting to learn what worked and what didn’t work during this time. Remote meetings became common. Collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams, Slack, and workflow became critical, too. Firms that used outsourcing wound up with work at home advantages. Companies that provided cloud services like Microsoft and Amazon stepped up their game to handle the extraordinary volume reported to be as high as a 770% increase. What worked and what didn’t work for you?

Topics: Technology Your People Remote Staff COVID-19
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Communication is Critical in the COVID-19 Landscape

By Mike Sabbatis on 3/30/20 9:00 AM

We are living in interesting times right now. With shelter-in-place and other responses to COVID-19, businesses are finding themselves in untested waters. We are (possibly unexpectedly) managing distributed or remote workforces, running businesses during mandated social and physical distancing, and trying to understand what constitutes an “essential service”  today.

Topics: Your People Industry Employee Engagement featured COVID-19
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Get In Control: Strategies to Increase Capacity

By Hillarie Diaz, CPA on 3/9/20 9:00 AM

Some projects almost complete themselves. It's as though you thought about what you wanted to have done, and it sprang, fully formed, from your head a la Athena.

Topics: Your People Employee Engagement Productivity Enablement increasing capacity