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By Maya Ivanova, CPA, MBA
Happy New Year!
This year I promise to lose a couple of extra pounds, exercise more, spend more time with my family, eat better and spend less time on social media. Seems pretty much the same as last year—how about this year we all put our career and our staff into our new year’s resolutions. This year I promise to spend more time training and mentoring staff, and developing my career and myself.
We spend so much time working in the business and constantly chasing deadlines we forget the driving force of our practices—our staff. They are hungry for career guidance, mentorship and strong leadership. It is easy to meet with staff twice a year for their performance reviews and tell them what they have been doing wrong for the past six months or pat them on the back for a job well done. It is much harder to make it a conscious effort to continuously provide feedback on a project by project basis, or sit down with a staff member to discuss their career advancement and follow up with them regularly.
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This month we will review chapters 12 through 14, “Acting on Your Value,” as we continue down the path of discovering that we are the value.
By Lynette Atchley CPA/PFS CFP®
The following is an update on the CalCPA Personal Financial Planning Committee activities. If you have any questions or interest in participating, please let me know.
Professional Growth: Mentoring program has been rolled out in beta form. A manual has been created to assist in this process. The East Bay Chapter had a presentation on mentoring. A number of PFP Committee members are mentors and mentees. No matter whether a mentor or mentee, all agreed that there is great value in the program. Subcommittee is also planning to contribute blog posts to the CalCPA website.
Communications: The CalCPA PFP Committee Wealth Wednesdays Webinar Series is scheduled through 2019. The goal is to coordinate with as many state societies as possible. All members need to consider three things; additional topics not yet covered, potential speakers that should be considered, and ways we can get more exposure such as chambers and local estate planning councils.
Registration is open for the next CPA Day at the Capitol—Jan. 31—in Sacramento.
CPA Day is CalCPA’s kickoff event of the legislative session, where members set the groundwork for CalCPA’s advocacy efforts for the upcoming session by discussing important issues facing the CPA profession and businesses.
Make sure your voice—and that of the profession’s—is heard.
CalCPA is looking for women who have made significant contributions to the accounting profession or who demonstrate characteristics that enable them to become leaders in the profession.
Our Women to Watch awards will be given in two categories: Experienced Leaders and Emerging Leaders. Winners will be selected by members of the Women’s Leadership Forum Planning Committee and announced at our Women’s Leadership Forum April 28.
Nomination information and applications are available online. Nomination forms are due Feb. 17.
We know there’s more to your life than the tax forms, deadlines and rules and regulations that you spend time with at the office. And we want to tell your story—or the story of a member you may know.
Our monthly Final Entry feature in California CPA takes a look at the person behind the license. Over the years we’ve featured members who race cars, play in a band, devote time to nonprofit causes, have taken on physical endurance challenges, surf, DJ and make wine.
So, what’s your story?
If you’d like to participate or want to recommend a colleague, contact managing editor Damien English with details and we’ll set up a short interview.