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Episode 25:

Cultivating a Love of Mondays

Sam Allred


To kick off Season 2 of The Upstream Leader, Jeremy Clopton hosts Sam Allred, Director at Upstream Academy, a firm dedicated to guiding accounting firms to high performance. Sam loves Mondays, which is the focus of the conversation. Jeremy and Sam discuss cultivating a love for Mondays. They talk about what to do if you’re struggling to find enjoyment in your work and how Sam is preparing to enjoy Mondays after his career concludes.

About the Guest

Sam Allred is a director at Upstream Academy, an international association of CPA firms, and was the central figure in the development of a consulting methodology now practiced by hundreds of CPA firms and consulting organizations around the country.

Sam has been regularly recognized as one of the major influencers of the accounting profession and has been listed for the past several years as one of “IPA Most Recommended Consultants.”

His hobbies include spending time with his family, fly fishing and golf. Sam and his wife Marlene have seven children.

Sam interacts with hundreds of CPA firms around the world every year via conferences, partner retreats, management presentations and training sessions. He speaks and writes extensively both in the U.S. and abroad. In high demand as a facilitator for CPA firm retreats, Sam energetically and creatively engages all of the partners in the discussion, using proven processes and their firm’s strengths to successfully navigate challenges the firm may face. He is viewed as one of the top strategic thinkers in the profession.

Highlights / Transcript

  • The role Sam’s upbringing and faith have played in balancing work and life
  • Why loving Mondays is important to career longevity
  • How to make course corrections if you find that Mondays are met with dread
  • Planning to love Mondays in the next chapter of a career



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