Gone are the days when CPAs were confined to ledgers and balance sheets. As tech advancements reshape the profession and client expectations evolve, CPAs stand at a critical crossroads: Do we tread the familiar or do we transform into strategic partners guiding business decisions, leveraging financial insights to inform company direction and playing a pivotal role in long-term planning?
Safe to say that only one path propels CPAs, their clients and businesses they serve, and the
That begs the question: What does this different mindset entail? It starts with accepting what is, adapting to the new, continuous learning and taking a 360-view.
In a world that is spinning faster than ever with tech advancements and regulatory shifts, and market trends that constantly reshape the landscape, a 21st-century CPA is a sense-maker, seeing what others can’t and helping their clients reach new heights.
A strategic CPA recognizes that staying relevant means staying informed and expanding their knowledge beyond traditional finance. We’re talking data analytics, risk management or even behavioral economics. This lifelong learning keeps CPAs ahead of the curve—and allows them to point out that upcoming curve to clients to help them prepare for what lies ahead.
This mindset further understands that financial data isn’t isolated; it’s interconnected with various facets of a business—operations, marketing, human resources and more—and allows CPAs to identify opportunities and challenges that might not jump off a balance sheet.
In an era where data is abundant, but insights are scarce, strategic CPAs are the ones translating numbers to into actionable insights to elevate clients.
Instead of being viewed as a mere service provider, CPAs become trusted partners in decision-making.
The journey to strategic adviser might seem challenging, but it aligns with the changing demands of the business world. Those who grasp this opportunity enhance their professional profiles and play a pivotal role in shaping the clients and organizations they serve.
The role of CPA is undergoing a transformation, compelling professionals to shed their conventional image and embrace a strategic adviser mindset. CalCPA stands ready to help shape this shift and move the profession forward. Are you in?
Denise LeDuc Froemming, CPA, CAE, MBA is President & CEO of CalCPA and CalCPA Education Foundation.