Michael Sterling
Are You Where You Want To Be In January?

  This question applies to every professional. However, I am specifically speaking to Public Accountants. It’s peak hiring season for CPA firms. Are you where you want to be in January?   Tax time is approaching and CPA firms are assessing their staffing needs. If you’re in public accounting, is where you are – where […]


Michael Sterling
Office Etiquette: Responding vs. Reacting

Life throws curve balls. What do you do? Respond or react? Responding vs. reacting can make or break a career.   On the surface responding and reacting may appear to be one and the same. They’re not.   Responding vs. Reacting   Reacting is: knee-jerk; without thought to the situation and is often aggressive. Responding […]


Michael Sterling
Shedding Light on A Shocking Way to Attract and Keep Talent

  I read an interesting article which shared insight on the impact of daylight on the workplace and thought – bullseye! Natural light is so basic – so natural – that we often overlook it. Daylight is actually a shocking way to attract and keep talent.   If you’re thinking – wait, what? Let me explain. […]


Michael Sterling
A Real-Life Treasure Map – for the Pirate in Us All!

  A few days ago, it was International “Talk Like a Pirate Day.”  Ok, it’s a little silly, but every year the day gets media attention and hordes of people join in with a hearty “Aargh, Matey!” This year, it got me thinking that we’re all pirates in a sense. We’re each plotting a course […]


Michael Sterling
7 Ways to Banish the ‘Sunday Blues’

  The ‘Sunday Blues’. More than 60% of working adults around the globe report having Sunday evening anxiety – the dread of facing another chaotic workweek. In our digitally demanding world, there’s a growing sense of feeling out-of-control. Sunday nights are often the worst. To combat the chaos and ease the dread, try these 7 […]


Michael Sterling
Calling All Public Accoutants: Rate Your City

  SmartAsset, the free web app which features financial and personal wealth information for everyday folks, just published a ranking of 10 Best Cities for Young Professionals for 2018. The list is diverse and may hold some surprises for those who might be looking for locations such as San Diego or Atlanta.   How did […]


Michael Sterling
Share What You Know with Who You Know (Here’s Why)

  Only you know what you know. That knowledge is a result of hard work, experience and even some hard life lessons. Knowledge is often held tightly – out of fear of giving someone else the upper hand. However, it’s important to share what you know with who you know.   Sharing your thoughts and […]


Michael Sterling
3 Workplace Sanity-Savers

  You may have heard the saying, “Crazier than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rockers.” If this describes your average day at the office, these 3 workplace sanity-savers are for you!   Unless you work alone, an easy life-hack to calming daily chaos is – Delegation.  The “It Takes a Village” principle […]


Michael Sterling
Initiative Starts with ‘I’

As the saying goes, “There’s no ‘I’ in Team.” However, there is an ‘I’ in Initiative. If you’re wishing and waiting for professional success to be handed to you – remember Initiative starts with ‘I’.   As a career coach and recruiter, I speak with many job seekers who tell me “My boss hasn’t given […]


Michael Sterling
Chasing the Carrot is Killing Your Career

  Professional success is not a hop, skip and a jump. It’s a steady climb. If you’re hopping here and there – from one job to the next – you’re doing it wrong.  You may not realize it, but chasing the carrot is killing your career.   Job hopping is a trend, especially among younger […]