Leading Growth in Today’s Complex Marketplace. Things are Changing and the Old Growth Model No Longer Fits.

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Reprinted with permission from Accounting Today. From the outside it might appear that public accounting is much the same as it has always been. CPAs pursue traditional activities such as tax, audit, and consulting services. To build their business, they lunch with lawyers and attend after-hours cocktail receptions. Yet beneath this familiar scenario, our profession

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It’s a Small World After All. International Markets are Ready and Waiting.

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Reprinted with permission from Accounting Today.  If you ever visited a Disney park in years past, you’re probably familiar with the ride, It’s a Small World. Created as a tribute to UNICEF during the 1964 New York World’s Fair, it featured hundreds of dancing dolls in traditional costumes from across the world. The lyrics, written

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Sustainable Innovation. Sounds good. But what actually is it, and how do you do it?

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Reprinted with permission from Accounting Today. Everybody’s talking about innovation these days. The “i” word may be over-used, but when it comes to growing your firm, I’m an unapologetic believer in the power of innovation. This is especially important for mature service lines. Let’s start with a working definition. I love the one offered by

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From ‘Dull’ and ‘Commoditized’ to an ‘International Star’

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Reprinted with permission from Accounting Today. It’s official. Client accounting services (CAS) has come into its own. This once ho-hum commodity has evolved into a promising service line with solid value for clients and strong upside potential for accounting firms. One of the most accomplished practitioners in this space is Ian McBane, partner in the

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Not All Fish Need Audits. What is market segmentation and why should you be doing it?

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Successful CPA firms are typically open to approaches known to yield positive growth. So why are they so reluctant (dare I say occasionally impossibly stubborn) when it comes to embracing the concept of market segmentation? It’s often perceived as complex, difficult to understand, and therefore optional. However, it is so fundamental to strategy development that

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