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Ep. 51 - Erin Daiber: Making Leadership Development a Competitive Advantage with a Recovering Accountant

Released Monday, 22nd May 2017
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Today’s guest, Erin Daiber, is a recovering accountant who now devotes herself to helping professionals become their best selves.
As the Chief Possibility Officer of Erin Daiber Coaching & Consulting, she coaches individuals through CPA licensure, career transitions, and the path to leadership, as well as helping firms develop and deliver robust and thoughtful training programs. She’s also just a lot of fun, so I’m really excited to share this conversation with you!
“Not everyone has that natural ability to connect and relate to other people, so it’s a skill I like to help others develop.”
An interesting aspect to Erin’s coaching services is her CPA licensure training. She doesn’t simply train individuals in the technical aspects of accounting or do exam prep. She often works with individuals who have failed parts of the test multiple times, are concerned about being passed over for a promotion, or are at a make or break point in their career.  
A big part of her coaching is helping these high-performance individuals cope with the stresses of failure, which they may not be familiar with, and instill them with the confidence and leadership skills they need to excel in a firm after they pass the test.
It seems to be working. The average pass rate for each part of the exam is just under 50% – Erin’s clients have an 85% pass rate, and she’s never had someone fail twice after working with her. She had clients sitting for five parts of the exam in the last quarter and they all passed!
“There really needs to be a focus on developing yourself as a leader and developing the people around you.”
Erin also works with individuals who are already in leadership roles in their business. If you’re familiar with accounting, you know that firms tend to utilize Peter Drucker’s Peter Principle: they promote people to the level of incompetence.
Accountants tend to focus on being really technically sound, which of course is important because that's the job, but being able to teach and develop others is not a skill that comes naturally. We don't just know how to do that just because we are promoted a leadership role. You have to develop those skills, and sometimes it feels like too little too late.
Erin helps leaders prioritize their focus. It’s not all about the day-to-day. They need to emphasize developing themselves as better leaders and developing the people around them so that everyone in the company feels empowered to contribute to the firm’s long-term success.
“We really have to create where we're going as individuals and as a profession, because otherwise it does look really enticing to just do tax returns how we've always done it.”
You can learn more about Erin’s coaching at ErinDaiber.com and, if you have to take a part of the CPA exam soon, I highly recommend you get in touch!

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