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PODCAST: Top episodes of 2020

Written on Dec 23, 2020

By Jessica Salerno, OSCPA senior content manager

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From leveraging technology to career development advice, these were the top episodes of The State of Business podcast in 2020:

From CPA to convicted felon: One accountant’s harrowing story Sharkey

Helen Sharkey spoke about her experience of being pressured to cross ethical lines at work and how it resulted in an SEC investigation with her ultimately ending up in a federal prison. We discussed what made those ethical pressures escalate, what the SEC investigation was like, how it felt going to prison and the steps she took to piece her life back together afterward.

Margaret-JordanHow one firm leverages technology to stay ahead during the coronavirus pandemic

Margaret Jordan, director of business development for Sikich’s Northeast Ohio office, discusses how Sikich dealt with the evolving disruptions to work because of the coronavirus. We talked about the value of having technology in place ahead of tough situations, connecting with coworkers and what remote work looks like for Sikich and their clients.

The secrets to make your team more effective Kristen Schmitt

Hear from Kristen Schmitt, founder of Thrive to Lead, LLC., who has 22 years of experience coaching formally and informally in sales and leadership environments. We discussed how to make a team stronger, the long-term value of trust and dealing with clashing personalities.

Lydia_MihalikHow a newly created Ohio office will help small businesses during the coronavirus

Lydia Mihalik, the Ohio director of the development services agency and the newly appointed director of the office of small business belief, discusses how this office will help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, along with the mission of the office, how accountants can help and advice the director has for small businesses during this time.

Here’s why you shouldn’t always trust your gut Gleb

Dr. Gleb Tsipurksy is the CEO of Disaster Avoidance Experts, LLC, a consulting, coaching and training firm empowering leaders and organizations to avoid business disasters. He recently wrote a book called Never Go With Your Gut: How Pioneering Leaders Make the Best Decisions and Avoid Business Disasters and discussed the traps that make you want to go with your gut, five questions you should ask yourself before making critical decisions and more.

Marc_EhrenreichWhere do you want to be five years from now?

Marc Ehrenreich, talent manager at Marcum LLP, talks about professional development and the dreaded “Where do you want to be five years from now?” question. We discussed the value of planning your development as an accounting professional, what that looks like depending on what stage of your career you’re in and how to tackle the dreaded five-year question when your answer is “I don’t know.”

Ray-LampnerWhat’s next for navigating the PPP

Ray Lampner, CPA, partner at Sikich LLP discusses the recent updates to the Paycheck Protection Program, and we discussed how the understanding of the PPP has evolved, what areas are still proving confusing, what CPAs should tell their clients about the PPP and more.