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6 ways to improve your confidence

Being in practice can at times be stressful. How does the saying go? [quote]My job would be easy if I didn’t have any clients?[/quote] You know, and I know that in the world of professional services your survival and career progression depends on you feeling good. Do you, like Heather and I, ever have any …

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Why is regularly ‘feeding your soul’ so important to making partner?

If you are going to work at peak performance, then you need to think differently about your health and well-being. Or as Chris William’s, performance coach to partners in the magic circle and Big 4, puts it, “Alternative Asset Management”. Most of us will find ourselves working at full stretch on the journey to get …

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Is there a difference between arrogance and confidence?

One of the key characteristics for any potential partner is self-confidence. However, is there such a thing as too much confidence? Is this when it becomes arrogance? Worryingly, being perceived as arrogant by your partners is a major barrier to making it to partner. Or is it all to do with how other’s perceive you? …

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How to keep your new year resolutions this year – part 2

Were you one of the many people who set a new year’s resolution for themselves? If so, well done. In this final part of our 2 part blog post (Part 1 is here) I will give you the last 3 things you will need in place to actually stick and keep to your resolutions this …

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How to keep your new year resolutions this year – part 1

Were you one of the many people who set a new year’s resolution for themselves? If so, well done. In this 2 part blog post I will give you the 5 things you will need in place to actually stick and keep to your resolutions this year. Before you commit to a set of new …

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9 easy non-verbal signals which mean all is not going well

In our recent blog series on how to navigate your firm’s politics successfully (part 1, part 2, part 3), we talked about the need to learn to read non-verbal body language. Very often it is a person’s body language, which will give the greatest clues to their state of mind. The skill of reading non-verbal body language can …

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What are political mistakes? And, can they really wreck my career?

In our last three blog posts (part 1, part 2, part 3) we have been looking at ways to navigate and survive the firm’s politics. In this blog post we will look at what we mean by political mistakes. Firstly, let us remind ourselves about what we mean by being politically savvy: (definition is taken …

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A tip to ensure your team really understand

A lot what you say to your team is wasted, well it is for many professionals running a firm and a team of people. The result is that the team is less likely to be able to get on with the job that you asked them to do! That’s wastes your time, their time and …

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How my parking skills can help your confidence

I’ve got a confession to make. You know when people, well normally men, talk about female drivers being unable to reverse or park? Well, and my apologies to the sisterhood, it’s me that they are often talking about. I am very lucky to have acquired many skills and talents along the years. However, reverse parking …

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