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
Simple Steps to Making Career Strides in 2018

  The start of a new year always reminds me of the saying, “Wherever you go, there you are.” We all talk about a fresh start for the new year. In reality, we carry our baggage with us. What has really changed? Nothing, unless we choose to make changes.   If your goal is to […]


Michael Sterling
First Day Fails – Don’t Do These

  I’ve heard some pretty amusing first day of work stories. But really, messing up on the first day of a new job is not a laughing matter. It might seem strange to think, after all the effort involved in successfully obtaining an offer of employment, that someone would make a first-day faux pas. However, […]


Michael Sterling
The Elephant in the Room – Talking Money in an Interview

  It’s big. It’s awkward. It’s intimidating. It’s the elephant in the room at most all job interviews. The salary question. There are a number of questions candidates’ dread, but few strike as much fear as talking money in an interview. Ask for too much and you may loose the job. Ask for too little […]


Michael Sterling
What’s Your Professional Pain Threshold?

  Whether you realize it or not you have one – a professional pain threshold. It’s the upper level of tolerance for your current job. Consider it the final straw–the one that breaks the proverbial camel’s back.   Everyone’s threshold is different. We rarely know what the last straw is until suddenly – there it […]


Michael Sterling
Are You a Leader? Maybe Not – Here’s Why

Leadership Conversational Style What’s your leadership conversational style? I’m learning more about the fine art of leadership conversations in Judith E. Glaser’s book, Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust & Get Extraordinary Results.  I previously wrote about how being a strong conversationalist builds credibility in my article, “What’s Your Conversational IQ?” In that article, I […]


Michael Sterling
What’s Your Conversational IQ?

Is there such a thing as conversational intelligence? And how important is conversational IQ? It could be that some leaders are naturally more adept at the art of conversation. It’s certainly true that we all could improve our ability to engage and influence others through conversations.   “Human beings are the most highly social species […]


Michael Sterling
When You’re the Underdog for a Job – Do These Five Things

Job hunting can be daunting enough, but when you’re not the strongest candidate – and you know it – it can be down right terrifying.   There can be many reasons for being the Underdog. You may be early in your career with limited experience, or on the other end of the career spectrum and […]


Michael Sterling
Think Small for Big Rewards in CPA Career

How to Find Greater Learning and Earning Power In Public Accounting   Sure, working for a Big 4 firm is sexy. There’s a status linked to the name recognition. For many new accounting graduates, it’s a terrific start into a CPA career.   The ‘Big’ in Big 4 tends to become the issue for many […]


Michael Sterling
Four Things Public Accountants Need to Change in 2016

  Welcome to 2016. Time for a reality check. Are you working like it’s 2016 or 2006?    If you haven’t completely dumped outdated ideas and processes, now’s the time for a change.  Let’s face it, public accounting is still clinging to some stale business beliefs.   CPAs need to regroup.  Maintaining solely compliance-focused, traditionalist […]

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