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Krystal Creach of BKD on Taking a Team Approach

Krystal Creach, CPA and Director of BKD encourages women to stop trying to juggle everything alone and collaborate more at home and work.

by Rae Swan Snobl

Jan 12 2022 at 8 a.m.

Krystal Creach, CPA and Director of BKD
Photo courtesy BKD CPAs and Advisors

Biz 417: How do you use teamwork in your personal and professional life?
Krystal Creach: I'm a firm believer in finding ways to simplify life, so I outsource wherever I can. I have two young daughters and rely on a team at home to stay organized. This includes planning with my husband, involving grandparents, and hiring delivery services and professionals to help manage the household. I consider these other services part of our team and the time saved frees us up to do the things we love. This same approach is important at work too. I've found that the more I involve others, it pays dividends in the future.

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Biz 417: What is BKD’s approach to working as a team?
K.C.: At BKD, the team approach is part of each aspect of the work we do. One of our client service standards is "don't go it alone." From tax and estate planning and compliance to our national not-for-profit committee, we bring multiple team members to the table and partner with outside professionals, such as estate planning attorneys, insurance advisors, and bankers, to meet client needs. I wear many hats at my job, but I never tackle anything without collaborating with others.

Biz 417: How can women use a team approach in their lives?
K.C.: Determine what is most important to you and make those things your priority. Let all the other stuff go. It's fine to say no to projects professionally that aren't fulfilling. Trying to do it all is too hard to keep up with, so just make sure you're doing the things important to you. It's different for each person, so don't compare yourself to others. I ask myself: "Is this the wisest and best use of my time?"  If the answer is no, it's time to get a team involved.