Why Strategic Growth Matters More Than Ever. Individual Tactics Are No Longer Enough.

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Reprinted with permission from International Accounting Bulletin.   If you’ve spent more than five minutes with me – in a seminar, in consultation or reading my articles – you know that I am passionate about strategic practice growth. In this article I take a step back and address the reasons for my conviction. Strategic growth is

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Ready to Make the Leap from Accountant to Consultant? Expand Your Vision and Expand Your Business

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Reprinted with permission from Accounting Today. Admit it.  You’re good at what you do.  Your clients trust your proven ability to help improve their businesses.  Perhaps it’s time to take the step of enlarging your vision of yourself from accountant to consultant. Most good CPAs intuitively move beyond tax returns and financial statements, offering insight

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When is a Channel More Than a Channel? When Interests Align, It’s a Powerhouse!

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Reprinted with permission from Accounting Today. Practice growth occurs at the intersection of services, targeted buyers and channels of distribution.  The channel is how and where you and your buyer find one another.  (In dating terms it’s the party, coffee shop or mutual friend that brings you and your date together). Our profession has traditionally

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Financial Analysis – Just the Facts. More on a topic CPA’s hate!

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Reprinted with permission from CPA Practice Management Forum. In the October issue of CPA Practice Management Forum, my article on the importance of financial analysis to firm growth left some readers less than totally convinced. One partner responded, “Gale, I read what you wrote about using financial analysis to develop our growth strategy. Quite frankly,

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It’s Time to Ditch the Niche. If you really want to grow think in terms of revenue streams.

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Reprinted with permission from Accounting Today.   A niche, the dictionary tells us, is an ornamental recess, usually in a wall, that holds a statue or other decorative object.  But in recent years niche has taken on a more generic meaning as a suitable place for someone or something. In accounting, niche has become synonymous

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Can Fat Cats Get Fatter? You Bet They Can! Increase Growth by leveraging your mature niche.

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Reprinted with permission from Accounting Today. How big is too big?  I’m frequently asked this question by firms that have successfully grown a particular niche.  “Can we expect the needle to continue to rise, or are we relegated to low growth and thin margins?” they wonder. My answer is unequivocal.  “You bet that Cat can

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