Kevin Harris, Office Managing Partner of Top 10 Firm RSM UK

Kevin Harris is the Office Managing Partner of RSM UK, a top 10 accounting firm with over 4000 employees. Based in the Leicester office, he has an MBA and was instrumental in rejuvenating the RSM brand after the takeover by Baker Tilly. He is a former Chamber of Commerce Chair and sits on various industry boards, panels and committees. His areas of specialty include financial services, manufacturing, recruitment, transport and logistics, travel and tourism. Shownotes: What setbacks like being made redundant or failing an accountancy exam by 1% does for your mental resilience and confidence How unusual an entrepreneurial mindset is in a traditional accounting firm, and how tricky it can be to fit in Why it's impossible to gain full consensus and make everybody happy as a leader in a professional firm The importance of learning and subjecting yourself to influences outside of your accounting firm for perspective and balance The drawbacks of leading by fear or power in a professional firm, and why authenticity always wins out What the 'old school' accounting leaders can teach the modern young accountant of today about work ethic How promoting people too early in accounting firms eventually finds people out to the detriment of the firm Practical tips to manage work life balance for accounting firm wide leaders The dangers of trying to focus 100% on your job and the need for understanding how the mind and productivity really works The importance of constant learning to innovate and see things in different ways to be an effective accounting firm leader The biggest risk Kevin has ever taken in his career and the impacts of a high level resignation What legacy looks like for an accounting firm leader and how different leaders stand out in different ways Why business development is not natural for many accounting professionals, even though everyone in a firm is an ambassador of the brand What it takes to attract and nurture talent at both ground level and senior level in a professional firm Contact (Kevin Harris on LinkedIn)

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What's it like leading a large or progressive accounting firm? Whether you head up a specific function (like BD, marketing, IT, HR etc), a location (office, city, region), a department (team, project) or the whole organisation, you know what it's like to be in charge. The Accounting Leaders Podcast features Insightful interviews with leaders in large accountancy or CPA firms. Topics of discussion include vision, strategy, value, leadership, succession, growth, success, legacy, culture, positioning, branding, differentiation, mindset, technology, recruitment, trends, disrupters, opportunities. engagement, influence and reputation. Questions include ✓ What makes a top performer or promotable accountant in a large firm? ✓ How are the leading accounting firms winning work, doing BD and achieving growth? ✓ What are the trends, stats and critical issues shaping large accounting firms? Firm-wide leaders, managing partners, CEOs, heads of functions and similar don't always have a voice outside their firms. Very few people know or ask them about their journey, their philosophies, their influences and their goals. This is an opportunity for them to share their story, who has influenced them, what they've learned from both successes and failures, and what keeps them going. Show host Rob Brown is founder of the Business Development Academy, which trains accountants to be more confident, effective and strategic work winners. More at He is the creator the 90 Day Accounting BD Accelerator™ which transforms experienced, new & prospective partners in accounting firms to win more business using Choice Based Business Development™ - an unusual but extremely effective BD coaching method for accountants. He is the bestselling author of Build Your Reputation (Wiley) and his TED talk ‘The Personal Brand of You' has been viewed over 200K times on Youtube. Rob is also host of another accountancy show - the popular Accounting Influencers podcast. With over 100 episodes recorded, this show interviews top accounting global influencers about particular areas of expertise that are relevant to accountants in practice. Some guests are experts serving accounting firms (commentators, authors, coaches, trainers and consultants). Others are suppliers, vendors or strategic partners to accounting. To learn more about these podcasts, go to Personally, Rob is based in Nottingham UK, home of Robin Hood. he lives with his wife Amanda and two daughters Georgia and Madison. He a committed Christian, a black belt in kickboxing, enjoys backgammon, loves chocolate orange and is allergic to grapefruit. To talk about being a guest on the Accounting Leaders podcast or explore how the BD Academy might help your firm, reach out to Rob Brown on LinkedIn or Twitter @therobbrown.