Guest blog by Darren Root, CEO of RootWorks
The world has changed dramatically since I began my career 30 years ago. Life is more complex, more demanding and more stressful. The competition in our now global marketplace is greater than ever. Client and employee expectations have also changed radically by virtue of the Internet, social media, e-commerce and other technologies. It is easy to see why many accounting firms – businesses that have typically thrived on stability and tradition, the flipsides of change – are struggling to keep up.
The way I see it, today, the real driver of success in the accounting profession, and just about every other profession, is the ability to adapt. Being able to “flex” in the face of flux is a necessity in our constantly changing world. More importantly, being able to embrace changes in how you work and how you think, is the only way that you will achieve long-term success in your firm while also living the life that you want.
Of course, there are some among us who not only adapt easily to constant change, but also thrive on it. These individuals are part of a group that Robert Safian, editor at Fast Company Magazine, calls “Generation Flux.” Safian says, “This is less a demographic designation than a psychographic one. What defines GenFlux is a mind-set that embraces instability that tolerates – and even enjoys – recalibrating careers, business models, and assumptions.” He continues, “Fluxers are defined not by their chronological age but by their willingness and ability to adapt. These are the people who are defining where business and culture are moving.”
That’s not to say that being a Fluxer and dealing with change is easy – quite the opposite. Few of us went to school at a time where the most important things to be learned were the ability to acquire new skills and the ability to think differently. Yet, in today’s dynamic environment these are critical skills.
Learning to adapt to change and make choices to achieve the vision I have for my firm and my life are skills that I have learned over the years as I transformed my own accounting firm and they are integral to the Rootworks Next Generation Accounting Firm™ model that I developed in the process. Adopting these skills also begs the big question that many of us need to ask ourselves: “What changes am I going to embrace in order to have both a thriving firm and the life that I want to live?”
Simply put, yes, constant change can be intimidating, but it can also be freeing – if you open your mind to it as being a matter of choice. I find it reassuring to know that even with change all around us, the foundation of success remains constant. It’s all about the choices you make on a daily basis – starting with the choice to envision the future you want and the choice to set aside time for creating and implementing your plan to achieve it.
Darren Root is CEO of RootWorks – an organisation dedicated to inspiring and empowering entrepreneurs to develop their businesses to support the lives they want to live. He is also a CPA with more than 30 years of practical experience at the helm of his accounting firm, Root & Associates.
Over the course of his career, Darren has authored three thought leadership-driven books and has been named in the “Top 25 Most Influential Thought Leaders” and “Top 100 Most Influential People” lists. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for The German American Bancorp and a highly sought-after nationally acclaimed speaker on the subject of building and managing a Next Generation Accounting Firm.
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