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  • Red-Teaming Your Risk Management

    Red-teaming is designed to provide an independent, dissenting voice to challenge assumptions and anticipate potential threats, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities. The objective is to mitigate groupthink and overcome conformity by purposefully seeking to reach an opposite conclusion relative to a strategy or the prevailing wisdom. Do you red-team at your organization? Would you even know where to begin?
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  • Use the 4 Ps to Achieve Success as a Managing Partner

    Success as a managing partner today requires some lofty attributes to help you and your firm perform at the highest levels. This blog shares four characteristics that are necessary to both gauge and achieve performance excellence as a managing partner.
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  • Benefits of Kick-Starting Your Career at a Small Accounting Firm

    Students today have several pathways to obtain experience and find their direction in the accounting world. Launching a career at a small vs. large CPA firm can affect the path one eventually follows. But don't automatically discount the small-firm experience. There are unique benefits to launching a career at a smaller firm.
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  • Accounting Certifications: Much More than Alphabet Soup

    While the certified public accountant (CPA) credential continues to be the accounting profession’s “gold standard,” you may want to consider one of the many add-on certificates to further foster your skill set and improve your value. This blog looks at a few of the options you can add to your CPA credential.
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  • Rules for Leadership

    With the death of Secretary of State Colin Powell on Oct. 18, 2021, America lost one of our generation's great leaders. As we embark on 2022, we should refresh (or strive to learn) some of the leadership fundamentals Powell shared in his 2012 book, "It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership."
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  • The Office Wasn’t All Bad, Was It?

    For those who work in professional services, often it is the people who are seen that get the choicest assignments. And those who get the choicest assignments ultimately tend to develop the most sophisticated skills. If always working from home or adhering to a unique schedule that doesn't align with others, it may be difficult to ensure “face time” with practice leaders and to benefit from the organic opportunities that arise when two people find themselves in a hallway or by the coffee machine.
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  • Public Accounting or Industry? A Look at the Great CPA Quandary

    The more things change, the more things stay the same ... and some professional debates continue unabated. Will you, as a CPA, be more comfortable working in public accounting or pursuing a career in industry? This blog highlights career tips from three different perspectives.
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  • Leading in All Directions Essential for Mid-Career CPAs

    When CPAs get to the mid-career level, they are often expected to serve in some leadership capacity. But do these CPAs understand the best way to lead? Leadership coach Jon Lokhorst explains leading is not simply a top-down endeavor.
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  • PICPA Launches New Career Center

    PICPA's new Career Center connects members with the resources and content they need to help them excel professionally. Organized by career stage, the Career Center features an array of programs, blogs, podcasts, and professional development opportunities.
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  • How to Beat CPA Burnout

    Wake up, coffee, shower, office, meeting, call, meeting, call, work, work, call, store, gas, home, dinner, walk, work, bed, repeat. How did you end up in this seemingly endless cycle? In all likelihood, a little at a time. So, how does one stop the churn? The same way it started: one step at a time.
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  • Lessons Learned from a Life in Accounting

    When reflecting on a career in accounting, it is easy to find a few situations that stick out as lessons learned. These situations often involve something dramatic, funny, or ironic. For those in the early stages of their careers, perhaps there is something in these observations that you can use in developing your practice.
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  • Identify Toxic Clients Before They Poison Your Business

    Service providers are taught that “the customer is always right,” but it is important to our sanity, and our bottom lines, to recognize that some prospects are wrong for us. Even poisonous.
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  • Perspectives on Working in Public Accounting vs. Industry

    James J. Caruso, CPA, CGMA, has seen several sides of the accounting world, experiencing life in both public accounting and industry. He started his career at Deloitte and served as a partner with Fesnak LLP and RSM US LLP. He is now chief financial officer at J. Knipper and Company | KnippeRx. In this blog, Caruso discusses the differences between the two work environments, including daily routines, required education levels, and advancement opportunities.
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  • Climbing Your Company’s Ladder

    The keys to succeeding and being promoted are hard work, technical prowess, leadership ability, and strong communication skills. This is true, of course, but there is a lot more to effectively positioning yourself to move up your company ladder.
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  • Alliance Pharma's Frank Li: Trust Your Instincts

    Sun Lee, CPA, is a tax partner with KPMG LLP, where he leads the Pennsylvania business tax services corporate practice. Through his work with different companies, he has come across many inspiring stories. In this blog, Lee has a discussion on leadership with Frank Li of Alliance Pharma.
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  • Feel Better than the Average Constant Bear

    It’s easy to become overwhelmed with work during the busy tax season. Many fitness devotees just can’t find the time for energy-consuming workouts at the gym. This simple, Chinese health exercise requires no equipment, tools, props, or space. You can practice it anywhere, anytime.
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  • Consider a Discussion Group to Broaden Your Leadership Skill Set

    Imagine having inspiring conversations and vigorous debates that will help you become a more well-rounded leader, creative thinker, and problem solver. Not in a large, anonymous online group or a collection of like-minded coworkers or industry leaders. Think small, close-knit discussion groups that enlist diverse members of various ages from completely different professions.
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  • Applying a Weight-Loss Equation to Busy Season

    Working from home, 15 feet from the kitchen. An unrelenting tax season that makes eating right a challenge. When combined, unwanted weight gain can be a real danger for some CPAs. This blog contains the literal formula to help you shed pounds.
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  • Professional Networking Tips for a Pandemic

    If nothing else, 2020 has provided CPAs with something that we often struggle with: a new go-to icebreaker. But, you may say, "What do I need an icebreaker for? I'm still working from home." No! Networking has become more important than ever. It is vital that CPAs not lose the social aspect of their careers or profession.
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  • Make the Transition from CFO to CEO

    Many CPAs may think achieving the chief financial officer (CFO) position will be the pinnacle of their career, but that shouldn't be the case. The strongest CEOs are those who are the most fiscally responsible, so the move from CFO to CEO should be thought of as a natural progression.
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