Although Thoreau wasn’t referring to the accounting industry when he said “things don’t change, we change,” I think this quote is a great way to approach the coming of ages. The sooner we stop throwing daggers at each other based on what the other perceives to be wrong and start focusing on the positive aspects we all bring to the table, the quicker we can start blending our perspectives and planning the transition – together. This building tension and divide must stop. It will derail, delay and even destruct the impending and important shift in leadership, and we must all come together now to ensure a successful transition.
Put an action plan in writing that spells out the transition timeline, what/when activities will be transitioned and how approaches can be melded. This will probably require many emerging leaders to ‘tap the brakes’ and current leaders to ‘hit the gas,’ but working together you can figure it out.