Personal Development


A great time to reflect, learn [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Building better business advisers: Got conferences? [MNCPA]
Take a hollistic approach to employee development when it comes to conferences.

The secret to closing more business without actually selling [MNCPA]
It’s not about what you say; it’s about the questions you ask.

Keys to workplace happiness
Happiness at work is something nearly everyone wants, but it can be challenging to achieve.

3 ways new employee surveys can improve retention
Here are three ways that a new employee survey can support and even improve retention. Make sure to ask the right questions and analyze the results for action.

What does the future of the profession look like? [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Learning the ropes: A tale of attending client meetings with a mentor
Teaching less experienced staff members how to work client meetings is a win all around for the team.

The simple, staggering power of gratitude [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Prop up yourself, others [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

A good adage by which to live [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Practice management in a smaller firm [MNCPA]
The foundation of the small firm itself is solid if the various aspects of practice management are in place, monitored and followed.

Successful negotiating in corporate America
Use these principles of improv to get better results from your negotiations, whether you're discussing salaries, contracts or everyday workplace decisions.

Simplify your life before busy season
You don't want to wait until you're in the thick of tax season to think about how you can simplify everything. You want to be prepared ahead of time and take the time to simplify your life to improve your productivity and provide some peace of mind.

3 common generational stereotypes
Reconsider what you "know" about your colleagues

Show up as your best self in every situation
Have you ever left a conversation thinking you didn't come across very well or that you didn't provide much value to the discussion? Or have you finished a presentation wondering why you failed to make an important point?

Do you have enough of the right referral sources to grow a practice?
Is your referral source network as strong as it should be? For many of you, the answer is probably no.

Tax season, busy season or is it really opportunity season?
I have heard so many people complain and fret through their busy season and then burn out. I have also seen many very successful people keep a positive attitude, plan well and weather the tough times year after year with a smile and a bigger book of business.

Lessons learned from positive, negative encounters
On the topic of leadership, I reached out to 42 public Minnesota-based companies and 15 of the largest privately-owned Minnesota-based companies. My outreach yielded 29 conversations with CEOs and senior executives, many of which turned into 90-minute conversations.

Companies supporting CPAs [MNCPA]
It’s a simple story, and one that you’ve heard countless times. Heck, it’s one you can relate to.

May you have it all [MNCPA]
Get insight and news from MNCPA leadership about the organization and professional issues.

Mentoring -- and how to successfully start your program [MNCPA]
The topic of mentoring garners a lot of interest these days. Given the continuing talent shortage that many organizations are fighting, initiatives for mentoring/coaching are popping up everywhere.

Unlocking creativity with discipline [MNCPA]
You may think creativity and accounting mix as well as oil and water. But, what if I told you that your performance and business could improve by strengthening your creative mind?

MNCPA Perspectives blog posts

Candid reflections: An overview of our women's event
The range of experience at Candid Conversations With Women was incredibly deep: from firm partners nearing retirement to a new graduate just beginning to sit for the exam...

Discovering unexpected gifts in candid conversations
One of the most rewarding parts of my job is attending MNCPA events and meeting new people. I greatly enjoy having conversations with members...

Golfing is more than a game
You’re likely involved in many organizations: an alumni association, a charitable foundation, a community organization and/or a professional association, just to name a few...

Tales from the CPE crypt
I walked into the conference room on a bright February morning, excited to learn some new writing tips from my favorite marketing podcaster. Choosing a seat, I introduced myself...

Why timing matters (and how to get it right)
You've heard about time management and performance management, but few people consider how timing affects their performance. That's what Dan Pink...

Sharpening the blade
If you’ve ever had to cut up various ingredients to prepare a meal, or perhaps had to gut and clean a just-caught fish, you know the importance of...

Membership: A transition resource that's just right
Transition is where excitement happens and risk peaks. Whether it’s in business, sports or personal milestones, a transition is a tricky thing to...

The enemy is comfort
Picture these scenarios: Allowing a hairy tarantula to crawl up your arm. Singing in front of a crowd. Eating insects. Posing for an art class in...

Communication that builds a team
Imagine a small CPA firm with one partner and six staff. The partner hosts a weekend Christmas party at his large new house. Staff and their...

Your write to learn
The blank page stares back at me, demanding to know what’s on my mind. Profound words of wisdom? Deadlines? Lunch? Nope. I sit at my desk...

Embracing transitions
It’s transition time at the MNCPA. Not only is it spring, it’s also the beginning of our fiscal year. We are shifting from planning events and...

Invest in YOU
There is no YOU on the New York Stock Exchange. But maybe there should be. Companies invest thousands (if not millions) of dollars in product...

The power of personal connections
Networking is hard for me. It doesn't come naturally. I marvel at people who can converse on a wide range of subjects and easily form connections...

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