by marc rosenberg
how to bring in new partners
it would take a book much longer than this post to properly explain the finer points of partner compensation, especially how each of the major compensation systems works. oh, did i forget? we wrote such a book, “cpa firm partner compensation: the art and science.”
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best practices and key concepts
as is the case with all of my lists, no one firm incorporatesallof these practices in its partner compensation policy. but i have observedallof the practices below in one or more of the best firms i’ve worked with over 20 years.
- performance-based.there should be a strong link between pay and performance. when it comes to cpa firm performance and profitability: as the partners go, so goes the firm. the partners have a much greater impact on the firm’s success than professional staff and other personnel. if they perform at a high level, the firm will do the same. if partner performance lags, then the firm will suffer. therefore, the firm needs to motivate the partners to produce at high levels and reward them accordingly. compensation isn’t the best way to motivate anyone’s performance, but itiseffective.