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EY’s Human Capital practice gets a boost.

Bry Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Denise Hummel, CEO and founder of Universal Consensus, recently joined EY as a Principal in the Human Capital practice. Her previous work includes consulting for leading global corporations and government entities including the U.S. State Department and the Pentagon. Before founding Universal Consensus, she provided international communications services in Italy and was an international law […]


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Time Management From The IT Perspective

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Trevor Ewen is a native Chicagoan, relocated to New York in 2011. He works as a senior software engineer with Neosavvy, a New York based consultancy. Over the course of his career he has participated in development efforts for Keyser Group, Bloomberg Sports, Pearson, Morgan Stanley, HBO, Honest Buildings, RunEnergy, […]


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Upside Down: How to Change Behavior Through Questions Rather than Commands

By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

Many of my clients are successful professionals. They have good clients, make good money, and enjoy their jobs. The challenge is getting them to recognize that they could be even better at what they do.

Just because someone is successful doesn’t mean that everything he or she does is effective (that’s why I don’t bother to […]


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How to be confident and creative in those interviews

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager.

Josh Lindenmuth is currently the Chief Information Officer at Payce, Inc. a midsized payroll and HR outsourcing company in Maryland . His previous experience includes being a manager in Accenture’s U.S. retail consulting group and we caught up with him to ask about some of the  interview techniques that can further a career in […]


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Leading Your Organization Through Crisis

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

What are you going to do when your organization has a substantial problem or is in crisis?  What will you do to overcome it and move forward; maybe not fully solve it but successfully move forward beyond it?

Be relentlessly assertive, and aggressive, if necessary.  There is a lot at stake and you need to do everything possible […]


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Volunteering In The Internet Age

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

When we got in touch with Tiffani Murray to get her thoughts on volunteering, it wasn’t a surprise the accomplished a HR Technology & Talent Management Strategist and former Big4 employee was able to get to the heart of the matter right away.

“I definitely think volunteering has become more important in the workplace from a […]


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Fostering Confidence In Their Competence

By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

As the president and chief executive officer of Dillon Consulting Services LLC, Paul A. Dillon, is a Certified Management Consultant with more than thirty-seven years of successful business development, client relationship, and project management experience with professional services firms. His background is impressive with stays in the Chicago office of Price Waterhouse from 1985-87, […]


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Management Basics – Guidelines For Developing And Using Efficiency and Effectiveness Measures

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

You should be using performance measures to gauge how well your organization is doing, More specifically measuring effectiveness – how well you are achieving your objectives; and efficiency – how well you are using your resources.  As you start to develop performance measures or improve your current measures use these guidelines.

Link Performance Measures to Operating […]


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Baltimore-Based Global Commerce & Information Wins Accenture’s Second Annual “Small Business of the Year” Award. We Get The Inside Story

Accenture Federal Services established the “Small Business of the Year” award last year to highlight supplier diversity and the company’s appreciation of the small business community nationwide.  Nominees were rated on three core areas: technical quality, financial management and overall program management and Global Commerce & Information (Global CI) won the award this year for its outstanding work on the Social […]


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7 reasons why you are not getting enough referrals from your network

In this article, Heather Townsend, author of the best-selling and award-winning The FT Guide To Business Networking, and The Go-To Expert, explores why you are not getting enough high quality referrals via your network.

1. You are your network’s best kept secret

There is a myth that if you do a good job then your clients will become your […]


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Volunteering’s Positive Double Whammy

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

“I think there’s a distinction between volunteering to help you in your own personal development and in your career development. Volunteering is always important for someone’s personal development and it can be important for professional development.”

This from Jamie Peretz, the founder of 2MyCareer, a college to career advisory service assisting college students and recent graduates […]


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EY’s Global technology M&A update: October-December 2014 highlights new post-dotcom-bubble records

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

It’s good when records are being set, when reports are using terms like “blockbuster” to describe technology M&A and comparisons to other high-water marks are quick to point out recent trends are set on reality-based multiples of good old-fashioned revenue and not bubbles. EY’s Global technology M&A update: October-December 2014 was full of that […]


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Deloitte Elects First Female CEO

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager

Deloitte has become the first Big4 accounting firm to elect a female CEO. Cathy Engelbert has been with the firm since 1986 and is presently the CEO and chairman of the firm’s auditing unit. Engelbert is 50 years old and will begin her new role March 11.

Barry C. Melancon, CPA, CGMA, president and […]


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Blueprint, Vision, and Direction: The Three Points On The Career Strategy Triangle.

By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager.

So much of an accounting professional’s career success hinges around  their ability to effectively connect with other people and have a corresponding career development strategy. Andrew Elkins, Strategy Consultant at KPMG recently supplies his thoughts on the subject of when and where it’s best to put this carefully constructed plans into action.

How and why […]


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Organization Processes Inevitably Evolve Towards Atrophy And/Or Rigidity.  The Challenge Is To Keep Them Effective And Resilient.

Regardless of their complexity, most organization processes will start to evolve towards atrophy and/or rigidity starting soon after they’ve been implemented.  It’s inevitable as it’s tied to our inherent human natures and how we function in organizations.

The purpose of most processes, in addition to achieving an objective, is to become a standardized and routine process that is efficient and effective, […]


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