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How to Have a Stellar Career as an Accounting Professional

Sam Allred is a qualified CPA and founder of Upstream Academy. He has been regularly recognized as one of the major influencers in the accounting profession and has been listed as one of Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting and as one of IPA’s Most Recommended Consultants. He is one of the most sought-after speakers in the accounting profession and is viewed as one of their top strategic thinkers. Shownotes:

  • Why the accounting profession is in great shape despite the pandemic
  • The two biggest challenges for accounting firms in these tough times (clue – it’s to do with people)
  • The impact of accounting firms realising that they can work remotely
  • The major concern for accounting firms who have a remote workforce
  • The first thing accounting firms must do if they want to maintain a strong culture
  • Why hope is not a strategy for survival, growth and recovery
  • The difference between rockstars and superstars in a professional firm
  • Shout out to Jim Collins and his book Good to Great – get the right people on your team bus
  • What attracting great people to your accounting firm allows you to do
  • What new entrants to accounting need to understand if they want to get excited by their career
  • A major but underestimated benefits of working as an accountant in practice vz industry
  • Why failing to clarify to emerging leaders what it takes to make partner is a sign of poor leadership in accounting firms
  • What high performing professional firms do with their talent and succession that other firms don’t
  • The biggest mistake accountants make in carving out a stellar career for themselves
  • How a stellar accounting career is very different to a good career
  • The importance of recognising your strengths and unique abilities to forge a standout career in accountancy
  • The dangers of staying in your comfort zone and what stepping out of it looks like for ambitious accountants
  • The challenge of feedback and why most people don’t grow/progress because they won’t ask for it
  • What accountants can learn from the Eisenhower Matrix as promoted by Stephen Covey
  • The power of being intentional with your career planning in professional life

Sam and his wife, Marlene, live outside of Park City, Utah. His hobbies include spending time with his family, fly fishing and golf. Sam and Marlene have seven children. Contact him here:

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