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5 simple ways to stay in touch with your clients until they are ready to buy

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You do the work and generate a warm hot lead. It was all going so well until the client stalled. In this blog post Heather Townsend shares an exclusive extract from the 2nd edition of ‘How to make partner and still have a life’ (Click here for a free sample chapter) and details why your clients may stall […]

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The changing face of the modern entrepreneur

Sean Geng and Darby Cox

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Being an entrepreneur can be hard enough. It can be especially tough when the industry that you’ve decided to launch in carries an unwarranted stigma although a segment of the population will live better lives with less pain because of your work. Starting a business is always rough—even more so in an industry like the one […]

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Why Drug Testing Matters And How To Implement A Policy


By Rob Starr, Content Manager

The issues created by employees that abuse alcohol and drugs are staggering. Reduced productivity, increased time absent from work, and higher medical and workers’ compensation costs are just some of the downfalls depending on the industry you’re in. That’s to say nothing of the premature deaths and fatal accidents that can be the result of […]

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What Works in Real Estate Tech. What Doesn’t


By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Alvin Toffler was a writer popular in the bygone days of newspapers and television who surmised that our world has been riding a post-industrial wave since the 1950s as slowly and inevitably as if it were floating along atop a melting glacier. That’s pretty heady stuff you might think doesn’t even apply to realtors until […]

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How to keep yourself constructively busy and motivated when work is light

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Long hours in a Big 4 and other large firms are often seen as the norm. But what happens if you find yourself on the bench and scratching around for something to do. In this blog post Heather Townsend shares an exclusive extract from the 2nd edition of ‘How to make partner and still have a life’ (Click […]

How to make your accounting website an effective online business card


By Rob Starr,  Content Manager

Once you get used to the idea that your business card has jumped from your wallet into cyberspace, you’ll be ready to look at the website that’s taken its place in a new light.

If you’re new to the internet marketing game, you need to be aware that the game itself has changed and having a […]

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Incoming U.S. Chairman at PwC steers into deeper diversity water

Tim Ryan

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

When you talk with new incoming U.S. Chairman at PwC, Tim Ryan, about his plans when he takes the helm July 1st it’s immediately clear his vision will steer the organization from the well chartered shallows of inclusive waters  and out into the deeper perspective of open diversity oceans.

His new team will not just be […]

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First woman and person of Hispanic descent takes helm at PwC’s Assurance business

Maria Moates

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

PwC U.S. Chairman Tim Ryan recently appointed Maria Moats to lead the firm’s key Assurance business. The 22 year PwC veteran who was previously responsible for the firm’s Diversity efforts becomes the first woman and person of Hispanic descent in this crucial role.

How does it feel to be the first woman and person […]

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From paper notes to Ecommerce success: Two modern day Horatio Algers tell their story

John King

By Rob Starr

Ecommerce was around for several years before finally sparking to life about a decade ago. Like the car a hundred years before it, and even the electric light bulb and moveable type before that, innovation reared its head and directed this new Internet innovation toward bettering lives and making money.

However, the story of how the Internet and business […]

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What is typically expected of me when I qualify in a Big 4 firm?

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In this blog post Heather Townsend shares an exclusive extract from the 2nd edition of ‘How to make partner and still have a life’ (Click here for a free sample chapter) to show what is typically expected from you when you qualify in a Big 4 firm.

In chapter 14 of ‘How to make partner and still have […]

Capgemini details corporations’ approach to innovation

Jerome Buvat

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Capgemini Consulting and Altimeter have released an update to their report from June 2015 detailing how corporations around the world approach innovation and the location of ‘hubs’ where organizations are gathering and building innovation centers.  New innovation centers from financial services companies dot the landscape as the industry competes against Fintech startups, with 42% […]

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Internal Audit At A Crossroads According To Report

Terry Hatherell

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

The Deloitte research report – “Evolution or irrelevance? Internal Audit at a crossroads”    finds that more than half of Chief Audit Executives are not satisfied that their internal audit groups have the skills and expertise to deliver on stakeholder expectations. As well, 16 percent of respondents believe Internal Audit has little to no impact […]

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Autonomic and Cognitive Technologies Get Boost From Deloitte and IPsoft

Jonathan Crane

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

A new alliance between Deloitte and IPsoft  will develop go-to-market strategies and consulting services  around IPsoft’s autonomic and cognitive solutions – IPcenter and Amelia.  Deloitte will add their consulting expertise to the mix in the hope of establishing industry-focused solutions to resolve known IT pain points for clients. IPsoft’s Chief Commercial Officer Jonathan Crane, supplied us […]

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6 ways in which what clients (really) want has changed

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Many years ago, I gave a conference speech on client service. The audience was full of accountants and lawyers, and as part of my preparation, I had asked some of their clients how they would define great service.

The replies were not surprising:

being accessible and responsive
being proactive and taking the initiative
giving value for money
initiating timely conversations – particularly around fees
being personable […]

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PwC’s Work-life 3.0: Understanding How We’ll Work Next

Justin Sturrock

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

To understand the future of work, PwC looked at the shifting dynamics and the state of jobs presently as well as where they appear to be going. Work-life 3.0: Understanding How We’ll Work Next also looked at the ways employers can get the most from tomorrow’s workforce. Justin Sturrock, partner, people & organization leader, PwC, […]

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