10 Skills for Mapping Your Journey to Partnership

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10 Skills for Mapping Your Journey to Partnership

Posted by Guest Blogger on May 28, 2013 in CPA Career Development, Firm Practice Management, Guest Blogger
Do you have firm partnership in your sights? If so, good for you! Although there is no “one size fits all” approach for a senior manager to become partner, there are steps CPAs can take to strengthen their skills, expand their knowledge and develop personal characteristics that can bring them closer to achieving their goal. Beyond working hard to stand out, here are some things we did that helped us better position ourselves to become partners at our firm, Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC. You may want to consider these tips as you set out on the road to partnership. 1.
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In addition, be sure that the people who depend upon you know your plans: what you’re willing to do and what you plan to delegate. You don’t want to say “yes” in every instance, but, on the other hand, you don’t want to be the person who says only “no.” 5. Observe your role models in action. The culture and expectations at our firm differ from yours. Pay attention to and model successful behaviors. 6. Achieve work-life balance. Workaholics get the job done, but ultimately burn out. Demonstrate you have achieved work-life balance, and will be able to lead with sustained energy and calm confidence. 7. Become an expert in a niche service area. Finding a “niche” has value in nearly every field, and the accounting profession has many. Identify something you are not only good at, but passionate about. Learn everything you can, then talk about it using social media, blog posts and community presentations. Help others understand where to go when they have questions about that service. 8. Understand your firm’s brand. Prove you are a trusted ambassador who can do exemplary work and effectively promote your firm’s unique brand and value. 9. Ensure your technical skills are top-notch. Although you don’t need to be an A+ in every category, you need to noticeably rise above your peers. Your technical skills will be put to the test as a partner, so

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