Sep 21, 2017 10:06:54 AM

This is Why I Believe I Can Achieve My Dreams at HORNE

“Being the best is easier said than done! I wake up every morning with my mind set on being the best at what I do. I consider myself to be a competitor and that is what drives me to succeed. I plan on taking the accounting industry by storm in the next ten years with hard work, dedication, and perseverance. My personal goal is to be the best CPA I can be and also to influence the world through accounting.” 

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Topics: Culture, Full Potential, Culture Matters

Jun 1, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Leave It Better Than You Found It

As often as we can, my wife and I like to steal away to the great outdoors for some camping and hiking. The fresh air, beautiful creation, and peace and quiet are a welcome change from what can sometimes be a very busy pace.

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Topics: Quality Improvement, Culture, Full Potential, value

Jun 23, 2016 11:00:00 AM

How I Found My Purpose

My early career goals didn’t include the acronym CPA. I attended a liberal arts university and worked at a bank during my time there. After graduation, I was offered a full-time position with the bank. I worked my way up, eventually becoming a bank officer and lender. I made loans for everything from cars to churches to crops. I liked the people I worked with and I enjoyed interacting with my customers. But, it never felt like what I wanted to call my life’s work. The work kept me content, but I wasn’t totally fulfilled.

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Topics: Passion, Full Potential, Purpose

Feb 25, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Abandon Fear and Go All-In

I’ve always been inspired by people who have successful careers, are at the top of their game and then throw caution to the wind by selling everything they have, cutting ties to their old life and pursuing a long-standing dream in their new-found freedom. Doesn’t simply reading those stories fill you with a sense of amazement and inspire you, even if for a brief moment? Seeing their faces when they tell their stories, with an infectious grin from ear to ear, that's the passion and all-in attitude we need in the workplace today. 

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Topics: Building a Wise Firm, Culture, Full Potential

Jan 21, 2016 11:30:00 AM

How Confident Are You?

A “bring the house down” dunk shot will fire up an avid fan base every time.  Even a casual basketball fan is impressed at the display of athleticism (theatrics, antics and raw power) on display at the annual NBA Dunk contest.  It makes for great TV and fan viewing, yet a close inspection of the performers will detect a degree of anxiety and trepidation as the contestants create unthinkable ways to impress the crowd and fellow athletes.

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Topics: Culture, People Development, Full Potential

Dec 4, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Two Strategies for Growing Women Leaders

A few weeks ago I attended the AICPA Women’s Global Leadership Summit. This summit was attended by nearly 500 female professionals and about 10 male professionals. In case you are wondering, yes, I was asked multiple times why I was in attendance. You see, simply stated, public accounting and HORNE do not have enough females in leadership roles. At HORNE, we are very much focused on how to improve retention of our female professionals and help them advance to leadership roles at our firm. 

I am part of that change. The question for me becomes, “How?”

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Topics: Belonging, Full Potential

Nov 12, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Sponsors, Not Just Mentors, a Key Factor in Career Success

I’m a female in a profession that is traditionally dominated by men at the highest levels of the organization. My entire career has been marked by the word “only”—the only woman on the board, the only woman at the table, etc.

Or, so I thought.

When we first began to work on HORNE’s formal sponsorship program, I began to look back over my 30-year career and realize that I had mistakenly placed that “only” label on my own path. In fact, in hindsight, I realize that there were many other people who played very important and intentional roles in my “only” positions. I did not get to be the only woman by myself.

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Topics: Belonging, Full Potential

Oct 15, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Are You Prepared For Winning?

I wanted to win every single game I ever played in or coached, but I understood that ultimately the winning or losing may not be under my control. What was under my control was how I prepared myself and our team. I judged my success, my 'winning,' on that. It just made more sense.   – John Wooden (Hall of Fame basketball coach)

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Topics: Growth, People Development, Full Potential