The most recent class of the MACPA Leadership Academy came up wih eight powerful questions about the future of the CPA Profession when they convened on August 26-28, 2015. It was our fifth Leadership Academy of its kind. Using our i2a: Insights to Action Strategic Thinking framework, the particpants went through series of exerises that incuded hindsight and the history of the CPA Profession, foresight and the emerging trends on the horizon, and insight around the current state. They then formed teams and created strategies to move forward and act. 

They created some powerful questions designed to drive startegic thinking and action inside organizations and across our Profession. The questions start with, How will we?::

  1. Create a proactive culture to enhance our relationships with clients as a strategic business partner?
  2. Create a leadership program to boost confidence in young leaders by sharing knowledge and creating a relatable environment?
  3. Engage all of our talent to solidify the future of the firm?
  4. Develop expertise in emerging areas to earn client confidence & lifetime loyalty?
  5. Provide better client service by creating a culture that values knowledge sharing, empowering people, engaging employees and unifying the team?
  6. Adapt the work culture to the changes in the workforce by empowering employees which increases retention and productivity while creating a unique culture?
  7. Create a progressive work environment in which the business can thrive and fosters an enriched personal life for our team members?
  8. Allow the freedom to innovate, leave a quality impact and create time to face other challenges while spurring growth, improved services and client relationships?
This was the output from the first day and a half as they learned about strategic and critical thinking, collaboration and faciiltation, innovation and creativity and inspiration. The final day was about developing an authentic executive presence in themselves and others.
 
Imagine what our Profession could become if we worked on just a few of these big ideas?
 
This group agreed to work together to update our first Leadership in the CPA Profession whitepaper, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
 
Later this fall we will be heading to Raleigh-Durham to teach at the AICPA Leadership Academy and to Richmond to put on the Virginia CPA Leadership Academy.

Dates for next year have already been set for August 24-26th, 2016. 

 

Contact Pam Devine pam@blionline.org for information on how to bring Leadership Academy to your firm or organization.

 

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