How do you handle leading difficult team members? This is the question that some managers may be dealing with on a daily basis. Even after consulting with others and seeking guidance, you might still be dealing with the problem of a difficult team member who is affecting the productivity in your team or unit. (more…)
As young professionals, we have been receiving feedback for many years. From a young age we received feedback from our teachers and coaches, from our professors in college, and from our supervisors once we entered the working world. However, as we grow in our careers and are faced with the task of providing feedback, it can be nerve-racking. What we may find is that our vast experience as feedback recipients doesn’t always prepare us to be good providers of feedback to others. Below are some guidelines that can help make conversations easier, and feedback more valuable. (more…)
The FICPA Young CPA Committee hosted the 2017 Accel Leadership Forum & Capitol Day on January 12th and 13th. This year, 20 young CPAs from all over the State of Florida arrived in Tallahassee to learn the legislative process and attend the Leadership Forum. (more…)
The path to partner can be faster and easier than is often reported. In fact, it took one partner only seven years at Top-100 firm Warren Averett. Fifteen percent of its 124 partners are under 40, including the CFO.
In a recent webinar, Yogesh Patel, an audit partner who is under 40, explained how he became partner in 11 years. Yogesh started at the firm as a runner during his junior year at college. That meant he did things like moving furniture, making bank deposits and picking up lunches. There was an added benefit, though: Doing low-level tasks gave him a real feel for how the firm treats people at all levels. Courtesies like saying “please” and “thank you”; flexibility in taking time off for important personal events—these were extended to personnel all the way up and down the line.
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Much has been written about the path to partner… but not as much has been said about how to achieve manager status, and that’s a critical step on the path to partner.
While young CPAs understand the progression—staff to senior to manager to partner—they sometimes struggle with what that entails. Will I automatically be promoted to manager after about six years? Why aren’t some people promoted? Can I speed the process?
The answer is as complicated as it is simple. Read more here.
In my more recent professional experiences I’ve had the opportunity to be part of some of the transaction advisory/ merger and acquisition (M&A) work that my firm provides to clients. To my surprise, the experiences have been resume-building, eye-opening, and much more educational and challenging than I ever expected. (more…)
Becoming a partner in a public accounting firm takes a lot of hard work and skill development. But that doesn’t stop once you make partner; if anything, you have to devote yourself to developing a whole new set of talents. (more…)
For many young graduates, the transition from school and part-time hourly employment to a full-time career can be difficult. Here are five simple steps to help young public accountants in their thinking and behavior during that transition: (more…)
When I started working in accounting, I was told to join the FICPA. I had no idea what it was, except that my firm expected me to be a member. The first FICPA event I attended was a holiday social where I met a woman who told me about the Young CPA group and their mission to engage Young CPAs in the accounting profession. It’s hard to believe that was over four years ago! (more…)