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Making partner- the pros and cons. Do you really want to make partner?

I was interviewed a while back by a journalist for an article in Economia on the different routes to make it to partner. As I was speaking to her, I found myself wanting to say: but what if you don’t want to make partner…? Making partner is not the only destination for your career. In fact, …

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5 common career limiting mistakes that stop senior associates making partner

It is a tricky business – making the transition from senior associate to partner in a law firm. There are the many booby-traps which come from having to create, write, and pitch your business case for partnership. Then, there’s the other stuff: the intangibles that demonstrate to your partners that you haven’t “got it” yet. …

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Why is regularly ‘feeding your soul’ so important to making partner?

If you are going to work at peak performance, then you need to think differently about your health and well-being. Or as Chris William’s, performance coach to partners in the magic circle and Big 4, puts it, “Alternative Asset Management”. Most of us will find ourselves working at full stretch on the journey to get …

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3 people you MUST have in your corner if you have a fighting chance of making partner

Can you relate to this scenario…. your workload is high – in fact,not just high, but stupidly high the client work is getting in the way of your business development efforts …. but you still have to do both. Then someone wastes a day of your precious time. Yes, a whole (beep, beep, beep – …

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Put your happiness first, it makes everything easier – including making partner

Take a look at your big life goals since you were at school. I guess they probably went something like: Do well at school so I can get to university Do well at university so I can get the job I want Get the job I want so I can build the career I want …

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5 ways of increasing your odds of making it through partnership track

Being told you are on partnership track, or in line for partnership, or going to be put up for partnership is a great sign that you are nearing the end of your journey to make partner. This post explores what you can do in the 12-24 months before the admission process starts to help you …

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How to be seen as ‘partner ready’ by becoming a member of the club

Shouldn’t the best candidate for partnership always get to partner? While the obvious answer is yes, that isn’t always the reality. It is fairly common to hear about partners sitting around the table, openly acknowledging that a candidate has a very strong Business Case, will credibly lead their part of the firm, and is very …

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What changes when you make partner and how to prepare for them

*This blog is an excerpt from chapter 2 of the 3rd edition of Poised for Partnership. This chapter focuses on ‘Direction’ and helps you to work out whether partnership is right for you and if it is really what you want. Download the full chapter for free here. Far too many professionals see making partner as …

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How early should I start preparing for partnership?

“How early should I start preparing for partnership?” is a question that I get asked by lawyers, accountants, and consultants very often. “I want to make partner in the next 12 months” is also something I hear, but more on that later. While it is possible to make it through the Partnership Admission Process within …

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