Managing yourself

Why you now need both sponsors AND an influential firm mentor to rapidly progress your career in a Big 4, Magic Circle or large firm

Accepted wisdom used to be that you only needed an influential firm mentor to rapidly progress your career in the Big 4, Magic Circle or Mid-Tier Firms. In this blog post I share an exclusive extract from the 2nd edition of ‘How to make partner and still have a life’ (Click here for a free …

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How to make partner lesson 3 – the importance of your support team

In summer 2016 Heather Townsend revealed the 10 lessons that every potential partner needs to learn to an audience of 200 lawyers and accountants. In this short 2 minute video clip, Heather talks through the third lesson – the importance of have a good support team around you. The road to partner is long, and it’s …

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How to stay focused on your career progression when you are too busy to think

Long hours in a Big 4, city law firms and other large firms are often seen as the norm. In fact it can be easy to become so busy that it becomes impossible to stay focused on progressing your career. In this blog post I share an exclusive extract from the 2nd edition of ‘How …

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This is essential if you are not going to burn out on partnership track

I regularly speak to audiences of lawyers, accountants and consultants about the challenges of making partner. In my talks I often share the ten lessons that my clients have learnt along their journeys to make partner when they were on partnership track. In this blog post I am going to share the ninth lesson; the …

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How to keep yourself constructively busy and motivated when work is light

Long hours in a Big 4 and other large firms are often seen as the norm. But what happens if you find yourself on the bench and scratching around for something to do? In this blog post I share an exclusive extract from the 2nd edition of ‘How to make partner and still have a …

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This will help you understand why your support team is essential if you are to make partner

I regularly speak to audiences of lawyers, accountants and consultants about the challenges of making partner. In my talks I often share the ten lessons that my clients have learnt along their journeys to make partner. In this blog post I am going to share the third lesson, build a strong support team including an …

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Brexit: How to future proof your career in the short, medium and long term

Brexit. Ouch… (and that’s an understatement) The current political and economic uncertainty here in the UK, due to the Brexit vote results, will have far reaching consequences for anyone in practice. How many of us are thinking, “this feels like Lehman brothers all over again?” My day today has already been hijacked by the Brexit …

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5 tips to successfully navigate politics in your firm

Last week, I was speaking at a ‘how to make partner’ event hosted by the Pro-Recruitment group. After I had finished my talk, there was a question and answer session with me and a panel of partners. One of the questions was how to successfully navigate the politics in your firm. In this blog post …

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Is this common mistake jeopardising your performance at work?

I had been forewarned that my coaching client was likely to be emotional in our coaching session. What I didn’t expect was for the tears to start rolling from the start of our conversation. I was reminded of this coaching session recently. I was having one of those days. You know, the ones that happen …

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