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Winning the Accounting Talent Battle: John Fenton

Unlock strategies for winning the accounting talent battle! Learn relationship-building, reflection, and adapting to workforce needs with John Fenton.

Through expert interviews and high-level panels, Talent in Accounting explores talent, culture, recruitment, leadership, mental well-being, and more with expert interviews and high-level discussions.

Winning the Accounting Talent Battle: John Fenton

In the Accounting Influencers Podcast episode, guest John Fenton shares valuable insights on how accountants can attract and retain top talent to grow their firms. John emphasises the importance of measuring success based on the quality of relationships with customers, employees, and vendors. He advises accountants to create white space on their calendars to reflect on their firm’s direction, clients, and ongoing projects.

The conversation delves into the challenges accounting firms face in the current talent landscape. John discusses the battle for talent, the push and pull dynamics related to remote work, and the return to office dilemma. He acknowledges the changing expectations and desires of the workforce, highlighting the importance of work-life balance and well-being. John also explores the concept of culture and its impact on the success of firms, emphasising that the “soft” skills related to people, relationships, and culture are essential bedrock for thriving businesses.

In addressing the talent challenge, John suggests that firms must focus on creating an environment where individuals can contribute to something bigger than themselves and align their values with the firm’s values. Given the advancements in AI and technology, he emphasises the need for critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills in the profession.

Listeners will gain valuable insights into talent retention strategies, creating a positive work culture, and addressing the evolving needs of the workforce. John’s expertise provides actionable advice for accountants looking to attract and retain top talent while positioning their firms for growth in a competitive industry.

Guest Bio

John Fenton is a seasoned executive coach, speaker, and author specialising in helping leaders navigate challenging and complex situations. With a black belt in tai chi and over two decades of experience as a managing partner at BDO USA, John brings a unique perspective to leadership development.

As the founder of John J Fenton Executive Coaching, John has worked with diverse leaders, from managing partners at professional firms to board executives and CEOs. He understands the inner game of leadership, and his methodology focuses on developing the mindset, purpose, and culture necessary for success in today’s rapidly changing world.

John also authorises the best-selling book 5 Minute MasteryTM, which provides practical advice and strategies for leaders who want clarity and more freedom. He is an award-winning speaker on executive leadership excellence, having spoken at conferences and events worldwide.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, John is a heart attack survivor and a strong advocate for well-being in the workplace. He is passionate about helping leaders overcome imposter syndrome, manage overwhelm, and develop emotional intelligence.

John’s three speciality topics are leading in challenging times, winning the talent battle, and the top five challenges for modern-day leaders. In his work, he emphasises the importance of purpose, culture, diversity, equity, and trust and provides actionable insights for leaders who want to thrive in 2023 and beyond.

Your Host

Host Rob Brown is a renowned presenter, facilitator, and chair for high-level conferences and events in the accounting and fintech profession worldwide. He’s an expert on trust, reputation, talent, career development, and more.

Author of Build Your Reputation and a TEDx speaker with over 300,000 YouTube views: stroke survivor, a committed Christian, and a black belt in kickboxing. Based in Nottingham, UK, he enjoys chess, backgammon, and orange chocolate but is allergic to grapefruit.

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