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Ask and Listen: Insights from my Recent Trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg (Part Two of Two)

By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

I went on a long business trip to the UK and Russia earlier this summer. I had never been to Russia, and was in fact a bit concerned, beforehand, about going there. It was a fascinating and rewarding experience, however. I met many interesting people and learned a lot about the history and culture of the […]


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Accenture’s 2014 Corporate Citizenship Report Q&A

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Accenture recently released its 2014 Corporate Citizenship Report, “Making a Measurable Difference,” which announces a series of 2020 goals and highlights the company’s efforts to collaborate with others to improve the way the world works and lives.  Below are a sampling of answers the company provided highlighting the takeaways from the “Making a Measurable Difference,” […]


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WEISERMAZARS LLP ADDS PARTNER GREGORY BLACK

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

WeiserMazars LLP recently announced that as of August 10, Gregory K. Black had joined as a Partner in the Tax Practice. As a CPA and estate planning attorney with 15 years experience, Black brings a wealth of knowledge from past positions as a Director in the Private Wealth Services Group of Grant Thornton and a […]


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Taking Those Retired Brains Back Off The Shelf

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

RetiredBrains.com has found its place among those respected denizens of cyberspace at least partially because its subject base as a job and information resource for boomers, retirees and people planning their retirement cuts a wide swath through the aging population.

However, the real force behind the website that has not only survived but thrived since […]


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The ‘PowerPoint’ partnership business case – how to really make it work for you

Recently I have seen a trend where firms, in particular the Big 4, are asking their potential partners to write and submit their business case for partnership using PowerPoint. Presenting a business case on a slide deck forces you to be succinct. Some people really struggle with this format.  In this blog post, based on an extract from my new book ‘

KPMG Reports U.S. VC Funding On Track To Break $70 Billion

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

According to Venture Pulse Q2 ’15, the first in a global quarterly VC report series from KPMG International and CB Insights, a VC-data company, the U.S. is on track to smash the previous 2014 record and break $70B in Venture Capital (VC) spending by the end of 2015.

Internet companies have dominated VC-backed deals, and, […]


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McLovin, Marilyn, Traction and Momentum

How To Get What You Want From An Interview

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

It’s not everyday you meet someone who often strolls past the house where Marilyn Monroe’s body was found and had a pivotal scene from the cult classic movie Superbad filmed in his bedroom, but it doesn’t take long to figure out you’re speaking with an original in […]


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Accenture Finds Half of Digital Health Start-ups will Fail within First Two Years

By Rob Starr Big4.com Content Manager

Although funding for digital health start-ups is increasing, a new Accenture report finds half of these new companies will falter within two years of launch. However, these “zombie” start-ups could be mined by larger firms for talent or innovative technologies. Drew Boston, co-author of Accenture’s Zombie start-up research,  walked us through the findings […]


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The Call And Response Approach To A Successful Interview

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Debra Benton was travelling when we spoke to her about what goes into a good interview and not surprisingly the focus was on communication being a two-way street.
“I haven’t lost you, have I?” she started out saying as she drove through the mountains on her way to New Mexico. “Good.”

The renowned executive coach, bestselling […]


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Accenture Does Its Part For The 911 Memorial & Museum

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City serves as a national tribute to the victims and heroes of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and other locations on Sept. 11, 2001 and the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on Feb. 26, 1993.
The creative design of the complex […]


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Ask and Listen: Insights from my Recent Trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg (Part One of Two)

By Andrew Sobel

These days, Russia may not be a favorite destination for American businesspeople, but I just returned from a very interesting trip there.

My trip was fascinating and I learned a lot. I learned a lot because I asked a lot of questions and I listened carefully. I asked about Stalin, the Soviet Union, Perestroika, Putin, and many other topics. […]


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Dr. Cherry advises you to use your hands to move around the interview process

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager  

“I think one of the most important things when you’re looking at any consulting firm or financial firm is that they are process driven. Many times people make the mistake of believing that an interview is about building rapport, which it is, but a skilled interviewer is also looking for a process.”

This from Cherry A. […]


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Cracking the Big4 Code With A Downward Dog

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager 

Dana Campbell is a Professional Coach, Certified Yoga Instructor and Change Leader who understands that marching to your own drummer is an essential part of a productive happiness and that change is always good.  

“I was seven years into my career (at Accenture) and that’s when I started to get really passionate about teaching Yoga,” she […]


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Four good reasons why you should collaborate with your competitors for partnership

This article gives you 4 different reasons to work with rather than against your competitors – are you making sure you practise them all?

You have spent years studying and training, you work long and hard in your firm. Your eyes are firmly set on your goal of making partner – ain’t nobody gonna get in your way!

Stop! Because although healthy competition […]


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SSP and Capgemini Team Up To Innovate Insurance Industry

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

SSP, a leading global provider of insurance technology, and Capgemini,  have entered into a services agreement that will enable general insurers to accelerate their digital ambition and replace legacy systems. Nigel Walsh, Vice President and Head of UK Insurance, Capgemini, walked us through some of the announcement’s highlights.

    What’s the history of the relationship between […]


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