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
Simple Gestures to Say Thanks to Your Colleagues

  In honor of Thanksgiving and the holidays ahead, I want to say a heart-felt Thank You to all my professional colleagues and social media connections. It’s a pleasure to meet and work with so many accomplished individuals.   Like many offices throughout the U.S., we held a lunch to celebrate Thanksgiving as a team. […]


Michael Sterling
Your Smile Isn’t Going to Get You Promoted

What Really Matters on the Ladder of Success   I’ve been writing about the importance of executive presence. Developing executive presence is a cornerstone in the effort to build your personal brand.   “We need leaders who model high social intelligence…who appeal to our higher selves and invite us to grow as individuals and as […]


Michael Sterling
Do These 3 Things to Tame the Email Beast

  Ever open your email inbox and want to cry? Me too!   I’ve regained some sanity and taken control of my daily deluge of messages by doing these three things:   Hit Pause. This is awesome! Inbox Pause is a free Gmail extension. If you use Gmail, download it today. When you hit Pause, […]


Michael Sterling
5 Ways to Build a Bridge for Top Talent: A Guide for CPAs

  I see it all the time. A firm extends a job offer to a highly qualified candidate only to have the offer rejected. The partners are shocked. Moreover, they’re faced with the daunting task of continuing the search for another ideal candidate.   What happened? The Fear Factor. Moving up the career ladder often […]


Michael Sterling
14 Simple Truths About Success

  Truth is:   Life has already begun. This is not a test. You can’t push pause on life. Your every decision matters. Studying does not end after college. Knowledge is crucial. If you are not willing to be left behind, keep studying. Weaknesses don’t matter. Accept weaknesses. Everyone has them. The only things that […]


Michael Sterling
Culture Clash? Find a Better Match.

  How to Find an Accounting Firm with Values that Match Your Own!   Finding a firm that matches your core values means you must first take time for introspection. This requires that you are brutally honest with yourself. What’s important?  What’s not?   Only once you’ve clearly defined your core values, will you be successful […]

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