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5 career resolutions everyone should make this year

With most people back at work this week, I thought it would be a good time to mention the ‘R’ word. Yes, resolutions. Whether or not you made any this year is up to you. However, if you did make any career resolutions, or were pondering about it, here are 5 career resolutions that everyone …

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3 cast-iron ways to make time for your career

A couple of weeks ago I, and Paul Welling  ran a workshop for the UK200 group, called “The successful senior manager’s tool-kit”. In the room we had 44 (yes, really) of the brightest, talented managers through to junior partners from the network. The room was positively humming. I learnt lots from working with these aspiring …

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7 ways to put yourself in the driving seat of your career

Last week, I blogged about delivering a workshop for the high potential senior managers in the UK200 group. In this blog post, I am carrying on the themes that came out of the day. At the beginning of the day I asked many of the delegates what they hoped to get out of the workshop. …

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Career Clinic: I’m 47 – is this too late to make partner?

I ask everyone who signs up to our career kitbag, what their one burning career challenge is. In this new series of career clinics, we will look at some of the real life questions being posed.  One question that I was asked: Due to a career change and taking time out to have a family, …

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The 4 different routes to partnership

This article first appeared in top-consultant.com If you currently work in a professional services firm, or have ambitions to move into this field, ‘making partner’ is often the holy grail of the career-minded individual. Heather Townsend and Jo Larbie, authors of ‘How to make partner and still have a life’ explain the four different routes …

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Why do so many professionals live their life by ‘default’?

I was working with a group of mainly young accountants yesterday delivering 2 workshops on networking skills. As part of this workshop, I ask them to write down a 5 year career goal. What was interesting that in the discussions, many of my delegates felt that having a 5-10 year career goal was unrealistic, as …

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Who is taking responsibility for YOUR career?

You may be wondering, what does taking responsibility for your own career have to do with making partner?  Surely it’s your firm’s responsibility to help your career progress? Well, yes and no. At the end of the day, it is your responsibility to drive your own career. Your firm can help you to get to …

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Have you sat down and really thought about what you want from your career and life?

The title of our book is ‘How to make partner AND still have a life’. However, how many of us actually take the time to step back and think about what the ‘AND still have a life’ bit means? We only tend to think about the ‘how to make partner’ – often to the detriment …

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