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Why my coming 292nd out of 330 will help you make partner

My face was bright red, I was sweating from every single part of me… but I was smiling and ecstatically happy. My husband was by my side. There was of course, some fairly tight and revealing clothing being worn… … but you would expect that as I was at the finish line of The Marston …

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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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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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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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