Buchbinder, Tunick & Company LLP is a public accounting firm based in Bethesda, Md. They have specialized in labor unions and employee benefit plans for more than three generations.
When you get promoted from one position to another and you leave a company, your [new] job assignments are very clear, but when you stay within the same firm it is hard to let go of that former position that you were holding onto. I noticed that I just continued to work on the same job assignments of my former role and then added to it the responsibilities that this new position was affording me.
What I thought I was doing was utilizing my knowledge as a staff member and helping the team by working as a staff and a senior, but in reality, the more I [hung] onto, the harder it was to involve myself in the role of a senior or the role of a manager because it slowed down my growth. I was focusing on those former tasks that I knew I excelled at and I wasn't opening myself up to focusing on new assignments and challenges. I think it maybe slowed my growth and my potential.
The more you challenge someone else ... the more they want to learn.
By relinquishing the priorities of that prior position, it helped me focus more on the tasks that were necessary to help me be more efficient. I was able to free up myself for more advanced relationships with our clients and other areas that I was interested in. Ultimately, it gave me the chance to develop my team and open up opportunities for them to succeed.
The more I let go and mentored our team, the more I was able to advance in other areas and really invest in my career as opposed to document the things that I did well in my past position. I also learned that the more you challenge someone else and the more accountability you give your team, the more they want to learn.
Follow Buchbinder, Tunick & Co. on Twitter at @BuchbinderCPA.
Photo courtesy of Andrea Gianni.