Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Message to Emerging Leaders – Experience Counts!

I rarely go on a rant. I’m passionate and energetic about the CPA profession and helping CPA firms stay on the path of continued growth and success. However, when I continually hear older, more experienced people degraded, bashed, etc. I am sad.

In the CPA profession today, public accounting firms are extremely focused on young talent. Focused on helping them learn and grow in accounting and tax knowledge. Most firms are bending over backwards right now to keep people, young people. Let’s ignore the old people and maybe they will retire.

I believe I am fortunate to work with CPAs and in the CPA profession because there is a certain degree of respect for the amazing amount of knowledge and experience that comes to CPAs as they gain exposure to multiple client situations. It takes years to be able to quickly assess a tax planning opportunity or operational issues faced by clients. It also takes years to become a seasoned, wise advisor to younger, less experienced accountants.

So when someone on social media asks, “Why did they have the old guys broadcasting the Super Bowl?” or, when I see a video advertisement that stresses the message, “I don’t use that software (or whatever), that’s what my Mom uses.” – – it irks me.

Inside your CPA firm, I hope you respect and treasure the experience and knowledge owned by the more mature accountants. They are the mentors. Life-long learning is the banner of the CPA profession. Invest in the success of all your people. Those over 50 must also continually improve their skills.

The scariest part is that a 22-year old’s “Mom” is probably in her 40s and those twenty-somethings will be there before they know it.

  • "At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don't care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven't been thinking of us at all."
  • Ann Landers

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