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How to say no to client requests without hurting your career

How do you decline or say no to client requests without offending them or hurting your career? Saying “yes” to everything can seem like the best route to progress professionally. But what it actually does is that it piles even more onto your already full plate. Furthermore, it eats into your productivity, and it affects …

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How to pick yourself up if you are unsuccessful in the partnership admissions vote

“We regret to inform you that you were unsuccessful in the partnership admissions vote…” If you are reading this article because you have just been told you are not going to make partner this time around, I feel for you. Whether you expected it or not, it’s a blow to the ego and I’m guessing …

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Why you need to do your due diligence on a firm before buying in (and how to do it!)

Does anyone really do their due diligence on a firm before buying in? If you are like nearly every other person in professional services, the day you get offered partnership will be one of the best days of your career. What you won’t be thinking about when the offer comes through is, “how solvent is …

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How do I become a partner at the Big 4? The 5 must-dos

How do I become partner at a Big 4 firm? This is the big question! Making partner is often seen as the pinnacle of achievement for any accountant or consultant; a title that many strive for throughout their whole career. Like most of the partner track, however, knowing how to get there is shrouded in …

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I want to make partner. Where do I start?

Wouldn’t everything be much easier if your partners gave you clear guidance on what you actually need to do to make partner? Rather than the often conflicting and vague advice such as ‘just win more business.’ That’s really not helpful at all, is it? To help you overturn that reality when on the partner track, …

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How to find the time to progress through your Partner Track Plan

It is your responsibility to drive your own development and career, not your firm’s. If you want to make Partner, you need to create your Partner Track Plan and you need to find the time to progress through it. To help you make the time for your career development, no matter how busy your day …

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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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