Joey Havens, CPA, CGMA, is the executive partner at HORNE LLP, where he passionately lives out his life’s calling to help others see and reach their full potential. Joey challenges leaders to bold transparency, calling on leaders to show their heart while working to connect everyone to the “why,” or the purpose, of the organization. He is a husband, father, grandfather, avid outdoorsman, and fanatical college sports fan.
Blessed or cursed, I'm not sure which, I know that I am wired to look for what is around the corner. I have also learned from Daniel Burrus, author of Flash Foresight, that everyone can be anticipatory and develop a vision for the future. It is a skill and it takes practice. It also takes prioritizing "white space" on your calendar to think, not react.
My advice to young professionals would be to lean into the speed of the change around us. Learn how to be anticipatory, learn how to know future facts such as hard trends. Practice being anticipatory with your clients and team members. Schedule calendar time to prioritize thinking space. Be intentional in finding others with a similar passion to interact with. Schedule 15 minutes a day to READ about the future.
I noticed a lot of two for one questions today, Caleb. Is that a hard trend or soft trend? Have a great day! j
And that challenge and collaboration requires diversity, right? Diverse demographics, of course, but also of thought, too, which usually go hand-in-hand. Here's something that you wrote that's really interesting:
We have to interrupt the natural system. Left to our own natural
tendencies, we will gravitate toward people we perceive to be like
us—who went to our same school, have our same religious beliefs, or
share our skin color or gender.
A couple questions related to this: 1) Do you think the accounting profession has a blind spot when it comes to diversity and inclusion? 2) What successes and failures have you had interrupting that natural system?
Caleb, it is very similar in how
you boil a frog. I noticed the water was getting warmer but until I
surveyed our partners in 2012 on how they were serving as trusted advisors, I
had no idea how hot the water really was. Everyone was a trusted
advisor and of course we were posting it on everything including the website
like every other CPA firm.
As I began to interact with other firms on this subject, the complacency
was rampant. Again, everyone was claiming to be a trusted advisor.