Career planning

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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Why every successful potential partner needs to identify their firm’s values fast

I was talking to a highly respected and long-serving partner from a top twenty accountancy practice a few weeks ago. It was with great sadness that he told me that the firm’s values seemed to have changed for the worst, and they no longer matched with his. At this point, I knew that he was …

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27 reasons why you may have lost your career mojo

In yesterday’s post we looked at ways to identify if you are lacking in career ambition. In today’s post we look at the many reasons why you may have lost your career ambition: 1. Bored 2. Don’t trust your firm 3. Don’t trust your partner 4. Don’t trust your mentor 5. Don’t trust your counseling/line/staff/appraising …

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9 signs that your career ambition is lacking (and what you can do about it)

If you are going to achieve your career (and wider life) goals you need ambition. Sometimes, this career ambition is lacking. For example, my career ambition was lacking when I returned to work after the birth of my first child. As you may have guessed, this returned a while later. In this blog post are …

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What’s the difference between a coach and a mentor?

In the last two posts we have looked at the importance of your support team, and who should be in your support team. You will notice that we advocate using both a coach and a mentor. Many people are confused about the difference between the two. (If I can be honest, the coaching and mentoring …

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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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Tip: Under estimate the small stuff and over estimate the big stuff

Do you find yourself over-estimating what you can do in the short term? I know that I do. I find myself often saying, just got a few more things to do and I will be home in 30 minutes. Before I know it, the thirty minutes have gone and I am still in the office. …

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