Managing others

How to construct a speech which inspires a team to improve its performance

Motivating your team, particularly when the going is tough, is hard work. In this extract from an interview with Errol Williamson in Spring 2015, I talk about how to get your team onside and motivate them to higher levels of performance. EW:     In your book ‘How to Make Partner and Still Have a Life’, Part …

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Inheriting a new team – how to decide which team members to keep?

When you get made up to partner, either through a promotion or a lateral move, it is not uncommon to inherit a new team, or a dysfunctional group of people who happen – more because of a HR structure chart – to belong to the same team. Your long term success as partner is driven …

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Most popular (and effective) tactics to fix a struggling team

In last week’s blog post I talked about the need for partners to successfully manage and lead their team. However, what happens if you inherit a struggling team? After all, the professions are full of dysfunctional teams and non-team players. In this article, Jon Baker discusses how to fix the struggling team, once and for …

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How to keep your team happy when they are stressed out with tough deadlines

No-one said that being in the professions would be easy! However, when you get to manager in a practice you get given the equivalent of a ‘hospital pass’. On the one hand you need to keep your clients and partner happy. Then you also need to keep your team happy and motivated, often by asking …

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Barriers to firm growth: keeping it all up in your head

For the 1st time ever I was heckled during a keynote speech. I know, it had to happen at some point… but despite my polite acknowledgement, it was a battle I couldn’t win at that point in time. So, what produced the emotion from my delegate? It was the suggestion that if firms are to increase …

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