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You already know that your people are your most important asset. Are you providing them with the tools and learning they need to bring their greatest strengths to work each day? At ConvergenceCoaching, we help firms maximize their talent and differentiate their culture. Our focus on the public accounting profession makes us uniquely suited to facilitate topics that are most relevant to your people.

Our structured programs and options are outlined below and we also develop customized programs for firms. Contact us to learn more about any of our leadership and skills development options!

Leadership & Professional Development
Transformational Leadership Program™
Rainmaker Development Program®
Individual Coaching Program
Personality & Leadership Assessments

Leadership & Professional Development

Ed Guttenplan

ConvergenceCoaching has been an extraordinary partner in helping our firm evolve and implement effective strategies for both external and internal challenges and opportunities. We rely on Convergence extensively for partner coaching, firm retreats and strategic planning, training through webinars and workshops as well as their TLP and leadership development offerings. They are insightful thought leaders helping us address our toughest challenges. They relate to and connect with all levels within our organization. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that I have personally benefited from Jen’s wisdom and am also grateful for our special five-mile early morning runs before our firm retreats.| Managing Shareholder, WilkinGuttenplan|

Our leadership development programs are designed to help your people step up to the next level of leadership in your firm. We help future and new leaders identify and focus on the areas that are most crucial to your their ongoing success. 

We work with firms to create learning events and programs that are customized to your firm’s goals and tailored to integrate with your other initiatives. Whether you’re seeking to provide learning for your entire team or a specific cohort (partners, managers, seniors, coaches, administrators), we work with you to ensure it is engaging, difference-making and action-oriented. Our learning programs can be delivered in person and virtually, depending on the desired goals, topics and duration.

Review our course catalog to find topics related to leadership, communication, conflict management, people development, marketing and business development. Then, contact us to discuss options for your team!

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Julie Vadnais

We engaged ConvergenceCoaching to facilitate leadership development learning for a group of our managers. Convergence did an excellent job for our firm. They presented content and shared tools that were directly relevant to our future leaders including conflict resolution, people development, management skills and leading a practice area. The focus on how to motivate, engage, and develop people was exactly where our people needed instruction the most. Their presentation materials were great, and the combination of lecture and practice/case studies was very effective.

| Chief Administrative Officer, Grassi & Co|

Transformational Leadership Program™ (TLP)

Spring 2020-2021 Program (open for registration)

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020
    1:00 PM – 3:00 PM CT
    Program Kick-off Virtual Roundtable
  • Friday, June 12, 2020
    10:00AM – 11:00AM CT
    In-firm Coach Kick-off Virtual Roundtable
  • Tuesday, July 7, 2020
    10:00AM – 12:00PM CT
    “Understanding Diverse Personalities” Virtual Roundtable
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, August 4-5, 2020
    In-person Workshop 1 (in-person attendance required*)
    “Learning to Truly Lead by Example” (Omaha, NE)
  • Friday, November 13, 2020
    10:00AM – 12:00PM CT
    “Understanding Practice Economics” Virtual Roundtable
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, December 1-2, 2020
    In-person Workshop 2 (in-person attendance required*)
    “Becoming a Great People and Business Developer” (Nashville, TN)
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2020
    10:00AM – 12:00PM CT
    “Anticipate the Market – Today’s Trends Affecting You Tomorrow” Virtual Roundtable
  • Monday, April 26, 2021
    10:00AM – 12:00PM CT
    “Proposals that Win: Effectively Negotiating to Close More Business” Virtual Roundtable
  • Tuesday, June 1, 2021
    10:00AM – 12:30PM CT
    Completion Virtual Roundtable

Satpal Nagpal

An area of leadership that I wanted to develop was in speaking up and gaining visibility in my firm overall. The TLP provided me with the structure and support I needed to achieve this goal. I have since taken the lead in various initiatives in our firm’s A&A department, using what I learned in the TLP to help in the planning, implementation and communication of each one. My input and leadership make a difference for our firm and I encourage all emerging leaders to identify opportunities to step up into greater leadership, too. I am thankful to the entire ConvergenceCoaching team for helping me move forward towards my dream!

| Partner, Green Hasson Janks|

Duration: 1 year

Format: Combination of virtual, in-person and self-study

Who Should Participate: Managers, principals/directors, new partners, key administrators

CPE: Up to 47 credit hours

Class Size: 26 participants

The TLP is designed to take your new and future leaders to their next level of success in leading others and your firm. Throughout the intensive one-year program, participants engage in the following:

  • In-depth assessments including self-examination, input from their superiors, and a personality assessment designed to heighten the participant’s self-awareness and aid in identifying strengths and areas for growth and development
  • Two in-person workshop experiences where they will learn specific leadership, communication, management, people, and business development skills and build career-long peer networking relationships
  • Online, self-study and instructor-led web seminars that provide year-round learning opportunities
  • Tailored one-on-one coaching sessions for both the participant and their in-firm coach or advisor conducted by our leading CPA profession and behavioral experts designed to keep the process honest, accountable, and rewarding
  • A special project of their choice where they will be responsible for a specific measurable result that will benefit the participant and your firm

Participants can expect to invest a minimum of 60 hours during the twelve-month program if they take advantage of all the learning and coaching opportunities available to them (excluding travel time and time to develop and implement the difference-making project they choose). The participant’s in-firm coach can expect to invest a minimum of 16 hours in the program including participating in an assessment of the individual, three joint coaching calls, plus additional time supporting and mentoring their participant through the program and their special project. Read the full program overview, here.

The cost is $6,500 per participant and includes CPE. Secure your spot in the TLP at www.convergencelearning.com. If you’d like to discuss the Transformational Leadership Program™, or customizing an in-house program for your firm, contact us today.

When you invest in your firm’s future, you create a practice that attracts top clients and talent for years to come. 

*Review our program policies and CPE requirements here.

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Ashley Christie

If I were to choose one word to describe my TLP experience, it would be intentionality. As I have progressed as a leader, I am more intentional about where I serve on committees, my practice development efforts and my client focus. A significant result is the culmination of my TLP project and the launch of KSM’s Tax Academy. This project provided a consistent forum for learning and internal networking for our tax team and increased visibility and deeper relationships across the firm for me. Because of the TLP, I approach opportunities with more genuine self-confidence and strive to work at my highest and best use, elevating my contribution to the firm.

| Director, Katz, Sapper & Miller|

Rainmaker Development Program® (RDP)

Registration Now Open for the 2020-2021 Program!

*All roundtables will be held from 10:00am – 12:00pm CT

  • Monday, June 22, 2020
    Roundtable 1
    “Developing as a Rainmaker”
  • Monday, July 20, 2020
    Roundtable 2
    “Making a Bigger Difference For Your Clients”
  • Monday, August 24, 2020
    Roundtable 3
    “Building Your Sphere of Influence”
  • Monday, September 28, 2020
    Roundtable 4
    “Qualifying Opportunities For Success”
  • Monday, November 9, 2020
    Roundtable 5
    “Sales Strategies to Close More Business”
  • Monday, December 14, 2020
    Roundtable 6
    “Furthering Your Target Accounts and Building Thought Leadership”

Duration: 6 months

Format: Virtual

Who Should Participate: Managers, principals/directors or partners looking to grow their rainmaking skills

CPE: Up to 14.4 credit hours

Class Size: 18 participants

The ability to develop business is a skill that most firms seek in their future leaders. It is also the one area in which most professionals feel least developed or experienced. If you have a group of professionals who wish to become better business developers, consider incorporating our Rainmaker Development Program® (RDP) into your learning programs. This program provides a mix of learning and “real life” experiential activities to build real skills in personal marketing and business development.

Our standard program entails six virtual roundtables that teach participants critical personal marketing and business development concepts. Between roundtables, your RDP participants will be tasked to complete assignments with support from an in-firm coach who they identify, reporting their progress by a specific date. In each subsequent roundtable, we discuss challenges and successes, learn the material for the next concept and agree on a new assignment to facilitate real learning and progress.

The topics covered in our standard RDP include the following:

  • Developing as a Rainmaker
  • Making a Bigger Difference for Your Clients
  • Building Your Sphere of Influence
  • Qualifying Opportunities For Success
  • Sales Strategies to Close More Business
  • Furthering Your Target Accounts And Building Thought Leadership

To view the full description of each roundtable’s content, click here.

ConvergenceCoaching®, LLC and Inovautus Consulting will join forces to deliver the 2020 public program. Attendees benefit from not one, but two career-tested, highly-sought-after consultants to the accounting profession. The cost is $2,495 per person and includes CPE. You can register for the 2020 program here.

Individual coaching for RDP participants by a ConvergenceCoaching coach can optionally be included in your firm’s program. If you would like to learn more about the program or the possibility of facilitating a custom in-firm RDP, please contact us.

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Individual Coaching Program (ICP)

If you are seeking development for an individual that is tailored to specific growth or focus areas, contact us to discuss our Individual Coaching Program (ICP) options. ICPs are a customized approach to helping an individual grow as a leader and professional.

  • Programs can range from 6 months to one year or longer and typically entail the participant doing the following:
  • Participating in a 360-degree feedback process via our Leadership Attributes Evaluation (LAE)
  • Taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) assessment
  • Identifying an in-firm coach to support their development and participate in a selection of coaching calls
  • Holding a series of 60- to 90-minute coaching calls (video optional) with a Convergence coach
  • Embarking on agreed-upon actions out of each coaching call and reporting back on progress or roadblocks

Depending on the individual and the goals for the ICP, certain elements listed above may be removed from the program or modified accordingly to best support the expected outcomes. Pricing depends on the structure and goals identified for each ICP. Contact us to discuss your needs and whether and ICP would be a fit for you or your team member.

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Personality & Leadership Assessments

Leadership Assessments

If you’ve ever considered conducting upward evaluations or 360-degree evaluations for a group of individuals at your firm, we can help. Our proven Leadership Attributes Evaluation (LAE) process uncovers the areas of greatest opportunity for individuals to grow. When we facilitate the LAE for a group of individuals, we ensure a confidential process that obtains feedback from a selection of subordinates, peers and superiors and delivers it in a way that provides understanding and actionable next steps. Contact us to discuss facilitating leadership assessments for your team members.

Understanding Diverse Personalities

Are you seeking a fun and insightful way to help your people learn more about themselves and their peers, while also improving your team’s collaboration? Consider engaging ConvergenceCoaching to facilitate the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) assessment and a follow-up learning workshop for your team.

The MBTI® is an assessment designed to identify your personality preferences in a variety of areas including communication, data gathering, decision making, organization and teamwork. There is no “right” or “better” type than others – all 16 types are valid and contribute talents and gifts to your team in different ways. Understanding your type preferences and the preferences of others can help you understand how to better communicate and interact with your team members – leading to greater productivity, increased innovation and deeper relationships. And, the insights learned often help others improve their client relationships, too.

We also facilitate personality diversity workshops for firms that use the DiSC® profile as their standard assessment. Contact us to discuss how understanding personality differences can make a real difference for your team’s success. 

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