Friday, February 12th, 2016

T A K A (Take A Kid Along)

IMG_5007How do you develop a path for succession?

How do you instill enthusiasm for practice development (marketing) in your younger accountants?

How do you build loyalty and trust?

I advise that you simply TAKA – Take A Kid Along. I don’t call them “kids” to be disrespectful. It is because they are very young in their accounting career.

I read a lot of responses to upward feedback surveys and employee engagement surveys. Many, many times someone says something like this: “Bill asked me to go with him to a Chamber of Commerce breakfast event. He talks about the firm in such a professional and informative way. I learned so much.”

Think of it as having a shadow and even non-partners should have a shadow when they go to events, client meetings or business lunches. Less experienced people need to see, first hand, how it’s done.

Young accountants – If they do not invite you, speak-up and ask! Sometimes partners and managers simply forget to include you.

  • "Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence."
  • Henry David Thoreau

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