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The Importance of Succession Planning

Who will step into your role when you leave? This is hardly a new question for many business owners and senior leaders. As the work from home culture looks like it is going to continue at some level, it’s time to expand the conversation to multiple layers in your business. As a former COO, it…

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Let’s Be a Bit Imperfect Today

I usually workout in silence, as in no music or podcasts. I recently changed my routine and plugged into a podcast during my workout. Talk about getting both a physical and mental workout! I had selected Brene Brown’s series, “The Gifts of Imperfection.” I am hooked on the idea of being imperfect and look forward…

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The Great Reshuffle?

Last week a new trend was announced in the news suggesting we are not in the middle of the “Great Resignation.” Rather, we are in the midst of the “Great Reshuffle.” That makes so much more sense to me. Of course people are leaving the workforce for obvious reasons (stay home to take care of…

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Create a Mindmap to Solve Problems

Rarely a day goes by that I do not find myself using a Mindmap to sort out a problem and develop a quick strategy. It’s a quick way to organize ideas by capturing the natural flow of thoughts. It saves time too, adding to much needed capacity in the day to day bustle we call…

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Utilize Lateral Thinking to Get a New Approach to Problem Solving

When solving a problem, do you use a process, or do you do something completely out of the ordinary? With the technology boom that began in the late 1970s, we began eroding our mental abilities. Here’s a clue: How many telephone numbers and addresses of your closest friends and clients do you know instantly, without…

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Are Your Employees Leaving?

Is poor staff retention an issue for your business? There have always been times where people left jobs in large numbers in search of something better. Sometimes it is related to specific industries and economic times. Other times it can be employee demands for higher pay, better benefits and loftier titles as was the case…

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Adding Capacity to Your Business

A side effect of a growing business is often declining capacity. You could have a great vision and strategy but unless you have the capacity to execute that strategy, you could: Burn out yourself and your team Encounter missed opportunities Make mistakes when juggling priorities Under service existing clients An often ‘go to solution’ for…

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Measuring Work Productivity

How is productivity measured in your workplace? I started my career in public accounting at a time when tracking the number of hours worked and billed was the prime measurement of productivity. It was also at a time when middle management, the teachings of Peter Drucker and the rise of the “manager” fell out of…

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Make Time for Internal Business Management

Do you take time to analyze your internal business cycle or do you ‘back burner it’ from year to year depending on client demands? Every business has an external and internal business cycle. For example, when I work with CPA firms providing accounting and bookkeeping, audit, employee benefit plans and tax services, we are faced…

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Getting ready for 2022

Now that you have made it through the summer, what is next for your business? 2022 is on the horizon, and the way many people work is forever changed. How will you navigate the road forward? Where were you when you first heard about the pandemic? Some of you may have been like me, in…

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Are You Meeting All of Your Clients’ Needs?

Doing good work, consistently, is hard and rewarding. It is also fun if you love what you do. I consider myself fortunate because my work invites me to step inside a client’s business and help them do their best work. We do it together. My work is exciting because the people I associate with are…

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Change Your Beliefs to Change Your Behavior

Ever faced a really difficult task? One of my goals this year is to get better at capitalizing on, and leveraging, technology. Seriously, if not now, when? Most of us are still in a pandemic fog with more hours at our disposal than in the past, so I want to use them productively. Here’s the…

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Are You Burned Out?

Burnout seems to be a popular word these days. It is linked to people feeling they can do no more of anything. Yet, we push more and more stuff through brittle systems now. It got me to thinking. When did this burnout begin? We have always had high, average and just getting by type performers…

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Where Does the Time Go?

Learning and application go hand in hand. I grew up in a family of learners. My interest though was in sports, all things basketball. It got me through school plus my Dad taught me a lot about business. That is why I went to college. I still have my first college book, “The Think and…

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The Changing Leadership Landscape

The changing leadership landscape means again leaders face a challenging business environment in 2019. Moreover, opportunities abound for leaders who can effectively manage the changes required and deliver strategies for sustainable success. The dilemma leaders face is with the pace of change, unpredictable economic climate and disruptive technologies. These combined factors continue to impact negatively…

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Authentic Leaders Are Developed

Authentic leaders are developed and this is good news. In the perennial search for higher performance, leaders seek out new insights. For one thing, leaders focus on upgrading capabilities, addressing strategies annually and adding to an already full ‘to do’ list. They learn to instill calm and are trustworthy. Firstly, we trust them. Secondly, we…

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Mind the Performance Gap

To mind the performance gap means to build the habits that successful leaders display over and above just capability. Continuous improvement is critical when it comes to building business capabilities. While the capabilities a leader needs to learn or refine are similar each year, leaders need to commit to lifelong learning to master their skills…

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Innovation Process is a Bridge

Ready, set and go!  Creating a collaborative work environment using technology in a multi-office environment first starts with asking “what’s possible”. Next use an innovative process to work out the details.  An innovation process is a bridge between continuous improvement and breakthrough leaps. It uses simple steps to make it easy for your team to…

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Business Skills Transfer

Implement business skills transfer through a Growth Hub leadership development program designed for you. Often, leaders are too busy for traditional learning and coaching support. In that case, leaders need to pivot and adapt to build new capabilities. They need experienced support to drive the success of the business, grow as leaders and adapt to…

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Core Visions and Purposes

Recently we facilitated a core visions and purposes workshop for business leaders in the CPA industry. The content applies to leaders in any industry who want to build better businesses. The book Built to Last by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras provided a deep dive on vision, values and purpose. Understanding core visions and purposes…