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Follow the Person, Not the Position

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By Andrew Sobel, Big 4 Guest Blogger

A client of mine was promoted to a very senior position in a large, Fortune-100 company. She had been the deputy in her area, and was now at the top. She told me that the day her promotion was announced in the newspapers, she got dozens of calls from suppliers wanting to do [...]

Louis Liebhaber MBA joins WeiserMazars’ Health Care Group as a Director

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager

With over 35 years of experience in C-level positions at health care organizations, including major hospitals in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the addition of Liebhaber will be instrumental in expanding the strategic planning, operations improvement and turnaround services practice. He recently took the time to answer a few questions for via email.


How will [...]

Principal with Ernst & Young LLP Appointed To USO Board of Governors

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Orlan Boston, a Principal with Ernst & Young Transaction Advisory Services (EY), has been invited to serve on the USO Board of Governors. He is an experienced mergers & acquisitions consultant for EY and has served on several diversity boards throughout his career.

1.  How will your previous work experience help you with your new position at the [...]

What Leadership Development Lessons Can We Learn From 9/11?

What leadership development lessons can we learn from how leaders at all levels responded on 911

On the morning of 9/11/2001 leaders at all levels around the world needed to respond to a situation unlike any before

On the morning of September 11, 2001 and the days that followed leaders at all levels of business and government faced a situation unlike anything experienced before. During a crisis people turn to their leaders, formal and informal, [...]

EY Customer Practise Experts Preview The “DNA Of The CSO and CMO” Ahead Of New September Survey

Kristen Vennum

By Rob Starr, Content Manager,

EY Principals  Woody Driggs and Kristen Vennum recently returned from The CRM Evolution Conference held in New York last month where they shared on subjects like the benefits of consolidating sales and marketing responsibilities under a single leader and the ways companies can navigate the road to customer-centricity in today’s markets.

Both also took the time [...]

Is the Western domination of the global economy waning? A recent Deloitte survey raises some questions.

Eamonn Kelly

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Deloitte’s recently released Business Trends 2014 Report, a survey of 423 business leaders around the globe, says  the next wave of globalization is here and reports  the tables are turning and economic might is shifting.  Eamonn Kelly, a director with Deloitte Consulting LLP in the US strategy service line Monitor Deloitte, and chief [...]

Capgemini’s New inPACE Solution helps eCommerce companies connect all their multichannel touch point dots.

Vikrant Karnik

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Seamless purchasing processes that are supported by a cloud-based infrastructure and promise quick response to market and customer demands. In a nutshell, that’s the premise behind Capgemini’s new inPACE solution that also leverages NetSuite’s SuiteCloud Development Platform. Vikrant Karnik, Senior Vice President and Head of Sales, Enterprise Cloud Services, Capgemini North America, recently helped us [...]

Kurt Johnson tells us how his Big4 expertise helped him to follow a dream.

By Rob Starr, Content Manager  

For many people, starting out to pursue a career with the Big4 is a jumping off point to different paths that are both planned moves and serendipitous opportunities that can’t be ignored. Regardless of their final destination, [...]

Your Business Has Only One Purpose—Are You Focused on it?

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By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

Peter Drucker had an unparalleled ability to capture the essence of what’s important in management. In 1973, he wrote: “Because the purpose of business is to create and keep a customer, the business enterprise has two–and only two–basic functions: marketing and innovation. Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are costs.”

We all know, of [...]

Accenture To Manage Two Contracts For U.S. Army’s General Fund Financial System

Joe Chenelle

By Rob Starr, Content Manager,

Joe Chenelle, who leads Accenture’s defense and intelligence agency business, answers a few questions for about the two contracts with a combined value of $53.1 million that will provide continued maintenance and operations support to one of the largest enterprise resource planning systems in the world, the General Fund Enterprise Business [...]

Capgemini’s Utility VP Talks Holy Grails and Smart Solutions

David DuCharme

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Gas Natural is a leading natural gas distributor, marketer, transporter and seller with a presence in multiple territories across seven states. When Capgemini recently announced it would implement its UtilityPath solution as part of a multi year agreement to streamline Gas Natural’s business processes and create a common enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform, we contacted [...]

KPMG/PwC Alumni Teaches The “Burst of Extrovert” Career Advancement Technique

Ramon Santillán

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Ramon Santillán is the Founder and Chief Interview Consultant at He’s been quoted as an expert in interviewing techniques in publications such as CBS, The Sydney Morning Herald and the Chicago Tribune. At least one of the angles that separates his approach is his belief in the science of body language and its ability, [...]

Labor Day’s Relevance For Today’s Professionals – Leadership Development Challenge.

Larry Boyer

By Larry Boyer, Guest Blogger

In today’s white collar world of professional services the struggle of the labor movement over a century ago may seem like a distant echo with little relevance to your world today. For most of us in the U.S., today’s Labor Day holiday is just another day off, summer’s last [...]

Anthony G. (Tony) Santiago Brings His 34 Years of Experience To Our Career Development Table

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By Rob Starr, Content Manager

One of the foremost authorities on tax careers talks about the contemporary landscape and getting ahead in tax.

You can’t look at Tony Santiago’s website without getting the impression that here’s a professional that gets straight to the point and means business. Take Control of Your Tax Career is one of the first encouraging headlines and [...]

The Three Types Of Independence You Must Cultivate With Clients

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By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

You need to cultivate and exercise three kinds of independence from your clients:

Intellectual independence. Sometimes, advisors and service providers forget that one of the reasons they are being employed is to provide independent perspectives. They want to be supportive of a client at every stage of the relationship, and sometimes this desire compromises intellectual integrity. [...]