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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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  • Generalist vs. Specialist: Which Is the Better Path for CPAs?

    Some problems are rules-based and involve pattern recognition. Others are more complex, where the “rules of the game” are unclear or incomplete. For CPAs, these roughly align with being a specialist or a generalist. So, which is better?
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  • Are You Prepared for the Costs of Long-Term Care?

    Long-term care services can cost upward of $100,000 per year. PICPA members have access to planning and educational tools that can help them make informed decisions as well as access to long-term care solutions.
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  • Sole Practitioner Survival: Lessons from 38 Years of Being a Spare Room Tycoon

    Starting and sustaining a sole proprietorship is no small feat. But if you are considering this path, how do you know when it’s a good time to go solo? Often, the market will tell you if your idea has legs.
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  • PICPA Introduces Enhanced Job Board for Members

    To better connect our members to available job opportunities, the PICPA has launch an upgrade to its online job board. Find enhanced features for job seekers and employers.
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  • PICPA Roundtable: Employee Engagement Strategies for New Hires During COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged firm administrators to think of new ways to keep staff engaged and connected as they work from home. In December 2020, a group of administrators and human resources leaders from accounting firms across Pennsylvania met to share best practices on keeping interns and new hires focused on their tasks despite the challenges.
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  • Navigating Career Changes During COVID-19 and Beyond

    As we look back on the past few months and think about the future of our careers, it is clear that some things will change. COVID-19 delivered both challenges and a few silver linings when it comes to making choices related to our careers.
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  • Plenty of Treats at This Year’s PICPA Women’s Leadership Conference

    The Women’s Leadership Conference is always a big day on PICPA's calendar. Numerous members have benefited from the unique opportunity to hear from trailblazers in the profession that this conference provides.
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  • Unemployed During COVID: A CPA’s Perspective and Lessons Learned

    Early in the COVID-19 crisis, job seekers may have been able to identify 20 to 30 potential positions within their respective skill set, but as March became April, the opportunities dwindled. Find out how one PICPA member managed the harrowing job market during the height of the pandemic.
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  • Leadership Tips: Five Steps to Deal with Uncertainty

    When we don't have the answer to a leadership challenge, there's a good chance we may feel inadequate or uncertain and vulnerable. Don't beat yourself up: it's only human to have these feelings. Here are five steps to assist you during times of self-doubt.
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  • Want Lifelong Learning and Leadership Skills? Let’s Start with a Book

    Reading deeply and widely gives a perspective accountants and financial professionals need to see beyond the numbers and navigate a complex world. After years of reading, we accumulate a treasure trove of wisdom. Unfortunately, since we spend a significant part of our workdays reading – and additional personal time reading blogs, social media posts, and the like – not as many of us take the time to read books anymore. This is a lost personal enhancement opportunity.
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