Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
An Important Step In Staff Development
“Mentoring is easy and natural; it does not have to be just another dreaded task on your to-do list.” – Rita Keller
Thanks so much to Accounting Today and Sean McCabe for featuring many of my comments in the article, “Molding the Future of the Profession – Mentoring young staff should be a crucial part of the recruiting and retention toolkit of more accounting firms.”
Follow the link to read the entire article. And, thanks to Edi Osborne for all of her great comments in the article.
Here are some bullet point highlights:
- Mentoring is just as important as salary and technology.
- Mentoring requires an investment of time and money.
- It is about attracting and strengthening future leaders for the profession.
- Young people will buy into the vision of what it means to be a CPA and stay in the profession longer if they make a solid connection with someone who has already been down that road.
- CPAs are great at teaching young people the technical skills but fail to impart knowledge about relationship-building and career-building skills.
- Showing and not telling is vital to the mentor-mentee relationship.
- Effective mentoring has become a strategic focus for the most progressive and successful firms.
- "You have to water the flowers you want to grow."