You may also be witnessing the phenomena in your firm where at least one or two generations of your people don’t want the same things that we (the older folks) wanted. Their motivations may be different and they just might be happy (happier) with something less than the full equity role that most of us chased. Maybe title and some recognition/differentiation along with minor financial changes are the perfect combination for them.
Consider the no- equity partner position in your firm. It may be the answer to keeping talented people while helping the firm maintain the right leverage and number of equity owners.
Gary Adamson is the President of Adamson Advisory, specializing in practice management consulting for CPA firms. He is an Indiana University graduate and has extensive hands on experience as the recent managing partner of a top 200 CPA firm. He can be reached at (765)488.0691 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more about Adamson Advisory, visit www.adamsonadvisory.com or follow the company at www.adamsonadvisory.com/blog.