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“Technology is Everyone’s Business” – Career Management and Technology

Larry Boyer

Understanding a variety of technologies is critical for career development

How many friends do you have? How often do you tweet? What apps do you use? These were some of the questions Artie Decker was asked after he was fired in one of the opening scenes of the 2012 movie Parental Guidance. Billy Crystal’s character, Artie Decker, is a long [...]

Innovative financial intelligence tools specialists acquire financial consulting services firm

James Walter

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Finagraph ( provides automated financial intelligence tools and data verification to financial institutions. They recently announced the acquisition of BBI Financial (, a financial services firm that provides training and education programs for bankers and business owners. The deal marked a big move forward for the robust analytics and comprehensive information [...]

Career advice from a dual perspective

Tim Gangon

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Professor Timothy A. Gagnon has combined accounting and law degrees into a hybrid well of information anyone currently working in The Big4 or planning a career there should dip into. His resume includes Attorney at Timothy A. Gagnon, Attorney at Law, Professor/Faculty Director MST and MSA On-line Programs at Northeastern University and Managing Member at [...]

5 clever ways to get your mentor and sponsoring partner to help you to make partner

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Fail to use these 5 tips and you are risking sabotaging your career progression to partner in your current firm.

In this article, Heather Townsend, co-author of How To Make Partner And Still Have A Life and The Go-To Expert, shares 5 tips based on her recent experiences of helping her client successfully get appointed to a partnership position [...]

The Six Levels of Relationships: Where are Yours?

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By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

There are six levels of professional relationships that you should be naturally moving your clients through.

The first two are pre-client:

Level 1: Contact

This is the starting point. We meet someone, have a brief conversation, and exchange business cards. We may stay in touch over the years, but there is little interaction. The individual is primarily [...]

EY’s Allie Rutherford named to 2014 NACD Directorship 100 list

Allie Rutherford

By Rob Starr, Content Manager.

Along with her colleague, Stephen R. Howe, Jr., EY’s Allie Rutherford was named to the list recognizing the most influential leaders in the boardroom and corporate governance community. Rutherford is the Director of Corporate Governance in the EY Center for Board Matters and she answered a few questions via email.


What does it mean to be [...]

Husson University Faculty Member With 33 Years Experience Talks About Honing An Accounting Career

Dewey Martin

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

“The younger generation is not so interested in networking the way the older generation did.”

We knew there were several possible avenues to pursue when we contacted Professor Dewey Martin, CPA, CMA, about adding his valued input to our library already covering a wide range of topics on career development in the Big4. It was obvious [...]

The Big 4 take the top spots among business students in 2014 rankings of the World’s Most Attractive Employers from Universum and CNNMoney

Gabrielle Solomon

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Deloitte, KPMG, PwC and EY take four of the top five spots right behind Google as the World’s Most Attractive Employers for the generation that’s taking a different approach to work. We asked two of the experts involved to help us understand how these results are coloring the future Big 4 landscape.

1.       Can you better [...]


Todd Dewett PhD

by Todd Dewett, PhD,,

I find that the discussion of leadership often becomes too convoluted and complex.  The typical professional is ridiculously busy and could really use a simple way of thinking about the topic.  So, if I could only offer one piece of simple and actionable leadership advice, here it is:  stop spending so much time thinking about [...]

The Importance Of A Doubting Mind

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By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

“I used to work for an old-fashioned rainmaker,” a client of mine once told me. “He had that ‘take-no-prisoners’ approach to sales and customer relationships. His motto was, ‘Sometimes wrong, never in doubt.’”

Never in doubt, indeed. It’s one thing to have deep-seated conviction about your views, quite another to obscure the truth with overconfidence and [...]

3 clever tips to help you get through your final interview for partnership


These 3 tips helped our client who was a Big 4 partner get his next partner role in another large firm. Heather Townsend, co-author of How To Make Partner And Still Have A Life and The Go-To Expert, reveals all…

Getting through the last interview for partnership may be a step too far. However, armed with these 3 tips you [...]

The Career Guy Lets Us In On His Stealth Career Transition Technique

Darrell Gurney

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Darrell W. Gurney understands the importance of effective networking for career advancement inside and outside of the Big4. After graduating from the University of Texas with degrees in Finance and International Business, he started his career with Arthur Young in London, which was then part of the Big8. After returning to the U.S., he learned [...]

Protiviti’s 2014 IT Security and Privacy Survey Reports IT Professionals Lack Confidence In “Technology Wall” Concept

Cal Slemp

By Rob Starr, Content Manager.

According to findings from Protiviti’s 2014 IT Security and Privacy Survey , organizations still struggle to manage data securely, prepare for possible crisis scenarios, and defend against hacking and other cyber threats. Cal Slemp, managing director and global leader, security and privacy solutions, Protiviti, walked through the survey’s highpoints.


Why do organizations lack confidence [...]

Deloitte Consumer Spending Index Picks Up In August

Daniel Bachman

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

In what might be a sign of better things to come in the future, The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index recuperated in August with a notable decrease in initial unemployment insurance claims as one of the drivers. Daniel Bachman, Deloitte’s senior U.S. economist, answered some questions about what the uptick means.


  What are the factors that [...]

Structured and formal self analysis as the path to career success

Dennis O'Neill

By Rob Starr, Content Manager,  

With a doctorate from Columbia University in Adult Learning and thirty years experience applying behavioral sciences to both individuals and organizations, Dr. Dennis J. O’Neill is different than the average executive coach.