Coach, noun /kōch/: (1) a large usually closed four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; (2) one who instructs or trains

At Withum, we are proud of our internal mentor and career coaching program that sponsored our word of the week, coach. Regardless if you’re part of Withum, we’ve all come across enough coaches to be able to realize what makes up the truly great ones. A coach can appear in a variety of ways but never-the-less are all teachers. Always realize that “regardless of our title or years of experience, we can learn from one another. Through mentoring and by being open to learn, we can reach our ultimate potential.”

Be Like Gunner. He’s always had an open mind especially to those who he admires. This week his coach challenged him to step out of his comfort zone and meet new people while trick or treating. Unfortunately, our pal had a ruff outing because no one was giving out dog treats. Although at times it may seem unfair, coaches are supposed to be tough. They’re supposed to be difficult because that’s how they get you to perform to the best of your ability. “You’d be surprised by the amount of people who’ve gone further than they thought because someone else thought they could.”


“A good coach can change a game, a great coach can change a life.”

Never downplay your abilities.

Have a good week.


Comfort Zone

Quite often we are challenged to step out of our comfort zones as part of our professional development but let us all take a moment to reflect on how far we’ve come and recognize what we can now do comfortably which we once could not. Let us all realize that getting comfortable at being uncomfortable is what ultimately forges personal success.

Be Like Gunner. Here we have our pal taking one of his signature naps. As one of the best nappers in the league of napping he sometimes forgets all the little things that got him to where he is today. Whenever he’s in a rut he always counts his blessings and puts into perspective how far he’s come. “You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone.”

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Success is steady progress toward one’s own personal goals.

Don’t measure your progress against anyone else’s ruler.

Have a good week.

Zoom Out

As business professionals, we go through our day solving problems, but from time to time — as we all do — we get challenged in a way where we need to ask for help. Next time you come to this crossroad, try changing your perspective and zoom out! “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

Be Like Gunner. This week we decided to learn more about what happens when we zoom out in our shot. “Sometimes it’s easier to zoom out in a situation so you can see it all and not get caught up in all the little details.” Sometimes all it takes is a little lens adjustment to see the big picture. When problem solving, zoom out, then zoom in.

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View life through a wide angle lens attitude and see your horizons broaden.

When in doubt, zoom out.

Have a good week.


As business professionals, we strive to add value to our clients’ each end every day. Something that is occasionally overlooked by the inexperienced is what’s most important: attention to detail. What we all should realize is that “when you pay attention to the details, the big picture will take care of itself.”

Be Like Gunner. One of his goals this year is to be more detail oriented. Here he is on our most recent hike leaving no stone unturned. By actively paying more attention, he’s noticed that “when you really pay attention, everything is your teacher.” When you ask the questions and are curious about your surroundings find out that “success leaves clues. All you have to do is look into the details.”

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“The difference between something good and something great is in the details.”

Have a good week.


At a time where work has revved up let us not forget that in order to be the most productive, we sometimes need to take a step back and relax. Realize that it’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worry, it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.

Be Like Gunner. Here’s our pal relaxing, pondering the next step he’ll take in his journey. Over the years he’s learned that “a calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges and that sometimes the quickest way forward is to take a step back.” A quiet mind is able to hear intuition over fear.

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“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest.”

Use both and overlook neither.

Have a good week.

Being Unique

This week, let’s all celebrate ourselves and what makes us unique. As accountants, we tend see the world in debits and credits and that everything always has to balance, so from time to time we forget that each and every one of us are different. Often times we have to realize that “life if the most difficult exam. Many people fail because they try to copy others, not recognizing that everyone has a different question paper.” Never underestimate the importance of being yourself. After all, “an original is worth more than a copy.”

Be Like Gunner. This weekend he was getting in tune with himself by throwing it back to the 60’s. During this time he learned to appreciate what makes him unique. The 60’s were a time where inclusion and embracing oneself and each other was at a high. Whenever we engage with others who are different than ourselves, the more collectively intuitive we become. Leverage your strengths, “you do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do.”

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The world doesn’t need a bunch of people that are all the same.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Have a good week.


Being that it’s is deadline day, I would like everyone to take the time to reflect on each completed task that brought you one step closer to the finish line. “Sometimes when you’re in a dark place, you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.” Take this moment of reflection to see how much you’ve grown and apply that to as much of your life as possible. Whenever tasks are at hand, never stop moving toward the light at the end of the tunnel. Some tunnels happen to be longer than others, but each and every one has their own light.

Be like Gunner. Here he is on track reflecting on how far he’s come. Any time you see a new opportunity, do not think that winning and losing matter the most. Realize that taking a chance and seizing an opportunity is. “Whenever you’re making an effort to try something new, you are a winner.”

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Sometimes it’s all about finish lines; not finish times.

Finish strong.

Have a good week.