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Generational guru Rebecca Ryan offered her expertise recently in her popular "Ask Rebecca" column. She answered two questions for Accounting Tomorrow and here's a recap of one of them:

"Hey, Rebecca - I'm 34 years old and a new partner in my firm. I have some ideas for how our firm can really grow, but I'm not sure how to introduce my ideas without alienating the other partners. Two of my partners are over 65, but they have a lot of influence on the other partners."

Rebecca answered: "Here are a few things to consider: Have you done all your research? If your ideas are simply something you dreamed up in the shower, and don't have any market analysis or competitor research, then start there.

"Then ask yourself if you're the right person to present this to the partners. If you feel that you have enough credibility to present your idea on your own, proceed. If not, consider if there's another partner who'll meet with you to talk about your idea, and then help you present it to the partners.

"Either way, impress on your partners the urgency behind your request. We're in an economic environment where good ideas for new markets and niches have a real chance to succeed."

Watch for a column from Rebecca focusing on how some managers rock and others, well, don't.

As always, we want to hear from you on what your firm is doing to tackle these and other hot-button issues. Drop us a line at tomorrow@sourcemedia.com.

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