Episode 121 – Sean Stein Smith

January 31, 2018

Sean drums his way to better business skills


Dr. Sean Stein Smith started playing the drums when he was 8 years old because they provide the driving force for all of music. He was a member of his high school marching band and later his college’s pep band. Since graduating from college, he’s continued to play his Pearl Export drum set in the pit orchestra for shows, as well as on the stage during a cabaret musical.

In this episode, Sean and I talk about how his drumming has allowed him to have the mindset to analyze the bigger picture and understand how you fit in. By combining our out of work identity with our work identity, it adds depth to each one of us which develops trust. These layers to each one of us make us more approachable and more real. It’s important for firms to be open to realizing that their staff are people, and it’s healthy and natural for them to passions outside of work and to talk about them when they’re with coworkers and clients.

Dr. Sean Stein Smith is an Assistant Professor at Lehman College. He was a member of the 2017 AICPA Leadership Academy, and named 40 under 40 in the accounting profession by CPA Practice Advisor.

He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a B.S., Accounting, M.S. Accounting, and an M.B.A., International Business. He later received his Doctorate of Business Administration, Strategy and Innovation from Capella University.

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