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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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  • How to Survive Working from Home with Children

    Are you working from home and dealing with the daily struggle to get your 9-year-old to do her schoolwork? Or maybe a 2-year-old who doesn't understand why you can't color with him while you're on a conference call? To all the parents out there working from home and who have children, here are a few reminders to repeat to yourself to help you get through.
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  • Business Development Strategy during Pandemic: Focus on What You Can Do

    For those responsible for developing new business at a CPA firm, how do you do your jobs in the age of COVID-19? Sometimes we get lost fretting about what we can't do any longer; instead, focus on what you can do.
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  • CPA Leadership Sets Up a Successful Practice

    CPAs are uniquely qualified to be exceptional leaders. Not only are they extensively trained, but they also possess innate talents that draw them to the profession. Here are some tips to help CPAs focus on the leadership aspects of the profession that will pay huge dividends.
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