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Leadership Versus The Desire To Fix Problems

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

A CEO/executive can have great satisfaction in fixing problems, but it may not be in the best interests of the organization; and a distraction from the important work of leading and directing the organization.

A leadership position has the authority, knowledge and perspective to do the quick fixes that subordinates may not be able […]


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Do You Know Your Objective – Thoroughly?

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

The objective is the most important element of a successful endeavor; it drives everything.  If not well defined and understood, you will “miss the mark” – you will waste time and resources.  There can only be one objective; if there is more than one objective you have more than one project or initiative.

What […]


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CEO’s/Executives – Evaluate and Improve Your Performance

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

CEO’s and Executives should annually evaluate their performance in key organizational areas; and also plan for the upcoming year.   How did the organization improve in these key areas; and how do you plan to improve and move the organization forward in the upcoming year?

The results of self-evaluation can also be the basis for […]


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Integrate Continuous Improvement Into Your Organization’s Culture And Daily Activities

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

A continuous organization improvement program can be easily implemented and very beneficial using minimal organization resources.  It’s important that you establish a continuous improvement program; not assume that improvement suggestions and efforts will appear without encouragement by management.  And it should be become inherent in your culture and day-to-day work activities throughout you […]


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WEISERMAZARS: NEW DIRECTOR FOR FORENSIC ACCOUNTING SERVICES

By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com

WeiserMazars , a leading accounting, tax and advisory services firm, today announced that former Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Newark Division Michael D. Schulstad has joined its New York City office as Director of Litigation Support and Forensic Accounting Services. Mr. Schulstad brings more than twenty-five years of […]


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Performance Measures – Guidelines For Developing And Using Them

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

You should be using performance measures to gauge how well your organization is doing, more specifically you should be measuring effectiveness – how well you are achieving your objectives; and efficiency – how well you are using your resources.  As you embark on developing performance measures or improving your current measures, there are […]


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The Art of Conducting A Consulting Project Interview – Includes Active Listening

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

When conducted correctly a consulting project interview will result in more than just useful information directly linked to a question or a form to be completed.  Properly conducted interviews will go a long way in building client confidence that you are competent; and that you will deliver what is required from the objectives of the […]


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Tools To Improve New Manager Performance – New Manager Suite

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

Management positions on the front lines of your organization are a very important resource and require attention and resources tailored to their important role.  Therefore, it’s important that methods are in-place to support and aid newly hired managers. Combined into one document are three of our popular articles on New Managers.

I.      New Manager […]


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Management Essentials For Startups

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

Startups, with their very necessary focus on funding, product/service development, and sales tend to overlook fundamental management practices that can support their efforts to be successful.  Management practices important for startups include:

Think-through and document planning for your work efforts and projects.  Also identify risks that could impair the successful achievement of your work […]


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Implementing Organization Performance Measures – Best Practices

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

Measuring various aspects of your organization’s performance requires the transformation of data into useful “knowledge” for decision-making. Most organization’s find it relatively easy to measure financial performance as there are commonly accepted principles and reporting practices that everyone uses.  Measuring other aspects of your organization so that the information can be used […]


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Professional Service Firm Assessment And Improvement Tool

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

Challenges for professional service firms include securing and retaining clients, profitability and recruiting and retaining employees.  There is also the challenge to revise services, or develop new services, as client requirements and competition evolves.  This evaluation and improvement framework can support a review of your organization to determine your strengths and where […]


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Specialized New Manager On-Boarding Delivers Success For The Manager And Organization

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

Well planned and implemented on-boarding specialized for new managers results in fewer mistakes and disruptions to workflow and reduces the time it takes to be fully productive.

For newly hired managers any formal on-boarding process usually involves a one-size-fits-all organization-wide process and then the person to whom they report will develop an orientation […]


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Problems With Your New Manager? Reset Their Performance & Success With This Guidance

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

After a couple of months your new manager is not performing as you expected.  He/she was apparently a good fit and clearly the best applicant for the position.  However you are seeing that their actions are not aligned with what you expected and wanted.  To address this challenge:

Meet with the […]


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Implementing An Organization Realignment – Useful Guidelines

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

With any organizational realignment or restructuring the challenge and real work is in the details of implementation. There are risks, challenges and issues to identify, address and manage.

Realignment can be as small as rearranging a few positions and responsibilities or a major re-positioning of large divisions, along with changes to their operating […]


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SERVICES ASSESSMENT AND IMPROVEMENT TOOL

By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com Guest Blogger

A sound understanding of your service production and delivery assumptions and process, and your customers, can position you to make continuing improvements in all aspects of your service related processes.  It’s important to understand and consider the interface(s) with your customers, how your customers are using the service and/or your internal processes […]


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