Friday, November 11th, 2016

Do Some Partners Drive Staff Nuts?

fullsizerenderI enjoyed a recent post from Leadership Freak (Dan Rockwell) discussing ways leaders drive people nuts.

It won’t surprise any of you that this topic applies to┬áthe CPA profession.

I hear reports from my clients (and other firms) frequently about certain partners being a problem.

There is the KNOW IT ALL partner, talks constantly often repeating the same theme over and over again and never listening to others. Often, nothing is done about this partner’s behavior.

There is the WILD CARD partner, the one people actually worry about how they are advising their clients. Often, nothing is done about this partner’s behavior.

There is the RETIRED IN PLACE partner, the one who comes in late, leaves early, plays a lot of golf and contributes very little toward moving the firm forward. Often, nothing is done about this partner’s behavior.

There is the CONTROL FREAK partner, actually works too hard and doesn’t seem to trust staff members, support professionals, admin, or even other partners, to help them with their workload. Often, nothing is done about this partner’s behavior.

Here are Leadership Freak’s 3 ways leaders drive people nuts – see if you agree (or see if it sound like you)!

#1 They respond emotionally to problems, failure, or tough situations.

#2 They show up unprepared for meetings.

#3 They appear disinterested during one on ones.

He also lists seven more ways…. read his article here. To me, these 7 Ways certainly apply to some public accounting firm bosses.

Oh yes, about those partners’ behaviors, maybe you should coach them up!

  • "To hear, one must be silent."
  • Ursula K. LeGuin

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