I’m writing this from the AICPA Practitioners Symposium and TECH+ Conference in Las Vegas. It’s day two and in all of the sessions, all of the discussions, the LOUDEST theme is PEOPLE! If you tune into the Twitter feed at #PSTech, you’ll see what I mean. Topics range from the shortage of experienced staff, the challenges onboarding and teaching new hires, developing future leaders and retaining top talent, every session – even the highly technical ones -- touches on the people issues in some way.

At ConvergenceCoaching, we think it’s all about people, all the time and we’ve done a lot of thinking, writing and teaching on the subjects that are most challenging to our CPA clients. I thought I’d share some of my top picks for blogs that can help you deal with the people challenges you face. Consider reading even one and see if there’s an idea for a specific action you can take away. Even a small step can make a big difference. Some of my favorite people-related blogs are:

Are you recruiting staff? Try strategies that work!
Six strategies to help you compete in an unprecedented recruiting cycle
Seeking Experienced Hires? Nine Recruiting Ideas That Will Help
Your Job Candidate Looks Good On Paper: Now What?

The eight attributes of high-functioning firms
Is Your Firm Old School or Cool?
A dozen public accounting ideas that don’t work anymore

Five ways to demonstrate true ownership
Five simple steps to ensure expectations are met

Gender and Generational Issues
Four factors keep women out of leadership positions
Exploring gender communication differences at work
Reconciling the differing views of the distinct generations
Your Millennials are growing restless

Flexibility Programs
How Flexible Is Your Firm?
Are Mandatory Saturdays A Thing Of The Past?
Making Saturdays Optional: An Idea Revisited
Having It All Isn’t Just a Women’s Initiative

Want to make more money? Engage your people first
Great leaders gather feedback
How to keep leaders from leaving public accounting
Engage Your People by Being Grateful
Engage Your Staff

People Development/Path to Partner
Let’s Stop Paying Lip Service to People Development
People Development: More Important Than Business Development
Eight ideas to develop future leaders
Are You Ignoring Spinach In Someone’s Teeth?

Path to Partner
What’s your firm’s path to partner?
How well do you know your future partners?
The pros and cons of non-equity partnerships

We post to this blog once per week, usually on Wednesday and you can search the blog by key word (search box is on the lower right-hand side of the page). We also write for the CPA Insider, Accounting Tomorrow, the CPA Consultants’ Alliance and various state society publications, too. If you have a particular people issue, we may have some solutions or know someone who has – post to this blog and we’ll do our best to help. And, if you have solutions, share those, too!

Focus your leadership and management energy on your people and your firm’s success will be assured!