(Albany, NY) –– Michael Harrington, Director of Client Relations & Services at New Directions Consulting, presented Navigating the Workplace at the Young CPA Conference put on by the New York Society of CPAs. The conference was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Albany, NY on Tuesday, June 14th.
The Young CPA Conference provided an innovative lineup of speakers for the region’s young CPA audience. Sessions covered the skills young CPAs really need in order to succeed in the workplace while also providing an ideal chance to meet and network with fellow young CPAs from across New York State.
Harrington, 30, presenting on “Navigating the Workplace,” provided a perfect bridge between what can be a confusing and “stripe-earning” decade for most 20-somethings and the up-and-coming decade of the 30’s, where people tend to establish their professional identity. In an innovative twist, Harrington provided each participant with an 11×17 colorful road map. Harrington used the road map and the stops along the way to provide a rich visual to focus on some of the key areas of growth. These areas included the biggest challenges the participants face in their organizations, what value each brings to their organizations, and some of the leadership characteristics they need to be successful in the coming year. Basing much of the discussion on today’s leading management philosophies, Harrington used the teachings of the Myers-Briggs (MBTI), Brinkman and Kirschner’s Lens of Understanding, and Paul Mok’s Communication Styles. Harrington finished the presentation with a parable by a Zen Master which discussed the importance of “emptying one’s cup” so that something new can be poured in.
After the event, Harrington commented:
“It is very much my style, and the style of our firm, to incorporate innovative and practical management and leadership techniques into every one of our presentations. It was a great group today and you could feel the energy from the young crowd. I think the real connection I wanted to make was that the days of mediocre and status quo leadership are gone. I wanted to provide a high performance model of navigating the workplace for the next generation with specific ways for them to add value.”