How to: Have a Difficult Conversation

Let’s talk about a high stress environment with strong-willed individuals. No, not last week’s episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I am talking about life at the Big 4. In this pressure-filled arena, there is going to be conflict. Navigating challenging situations is a critical skill for long-term success. Below are tips for having a difficult conversation. Eat the elephant If you are anything … Continue reading How to: Have a Difficult Conversation

How to: Find Public Company Executives’ Compensation

How would you feel about your salary being available for the world to see? That is one of the privileges embraced by the top 5 compensated individual at publicly traded companies. The SEC requires public companies to make a variety of public disclosures including quarterly financial statements, changes to executive team, new material agreements, acquisitions/divestitures, etc. However, the most interesting public disclosure is The Proxy.  … Continue reading How to: Find Public Company Executives’ Compensation

7 Tips for Interacting with Boomers

One of the most intimidating realities of the Big 4 is continually interacting with senior level people.  Senior level people tend to be closer to senior age.  Below are 7 Tips for Interacting with Boomers: Be on time to every call and meeting. Be the most prepared person in the meeting. Boomers notice the little things. Don’t dress like a schlub – How to: Dress … Continue reading 7 Tips for Interacting with Boomers

Book Review: Start with Why

TED Talk superstar Simon Sinek wrote Start with Why to illustrate how the best leaders seek to inspire. Great leaders put: the Why (the purpose) before the How (the process) or the What (the product) There are two ways to influence human behavior: Manipulate Inspire The gains from manipulation are short-lived.  Trust & loyalty are not built. Inspiring others requires real purpose, a Why. Great … Continue reading Book Review: Start with Why

How to: Win Friends & Influence People (quotes)

One of the most transformative books for new professionals: How to Win Friends & Influence People Below are some of my favorite quotes from the book: “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain, and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.” “Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any … Continue reading How to: Win Friends & Influence People (quotes)

Book Review: How to Win Friends & Influence People

One of the most transformative book for new professionals: How to Win Friends & Influence People Written in 1935 by Dale Carnegie, this book will change the way you interact with others both professionally and personally. The title says it all. Three Principals Be nice Find out what they want Help them get what they want Six Ways to Make People Like You Become genuinely … Continue reading Book Review: How to Win Friends & Influence People

How to: Hack Goal Setting

Hack the goal setting process. No on at the firm cares about your career or development as much as you do.  For example, the firm’s goal setting process is set up for you to achieve their goals for your life. Instead, piggyback off the firm’s goal setting/evaluation timeline to set personal goals that run parallel to the firm’s goals for you. In this same vein, … Continue reading How to: Hack Goal Setting