How to say no to a work project from a partner
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How to say no to a work project from a partner

How do you say no to a partner who is asking help from you for a work project? And how do you do it without offending them or hurting your career? Many lawyers, accountants, and consultants find it hard to say “no” when it comes to work, especially when it is work offered by a…

How to say no gracefully without fear of making a career limiting move
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How to say no gracefully without fear of making a career limiting move

How to say no gracefully is the challenge facing most people in professional services. Saying no to the wrong person or in the wrong way can be a career-limiting move. Particularly if you are on Partner Track or seeking a promotion to the next level in your firm. The problem is, everyone needs to be…

2 solid email templates for saying no to a partner
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2 solid email templates for saying no to a partner

How do you say no to a partner through email and still save your career? Can you imagine saying “no” to a partner? Even though the mere thought of doing so may cause you to tremble. However, it can be completely necessary to refuse something that they have asked of you. Many lawyers, accountants, and…

12 ways to navigate and survive your firm’s politics
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12 ways to navigate and survive your firm’s politics

If you are going to get promoted or make partner, you need to be able to navigate and survive your law or accountancy firm’s politics. Like any business, professional services firms are complex systems of egos, constituencies, issues, and rivalries. Even the best-managed firm has partners with strong egos,  sensitivities, and empire protectors. But ignore…

20 Tips for courteous office behaviour if you want to make partner
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20 Tips for courteous office behaviour if you want to make partner

Today’s guest post is by Katherine Everitt-Newton, a resilience coach. A chance encounter in the office triggered this post on Courteous Office Behaviour. Being liked and respected by your peers and colleagues goes a long way to helping you get to get noticed for partner track and make partner. Courteous behaviour is just one way…

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8 ways to survive and thrive in a male dominated office culture

Imagine you were thrust into the world of the professions after 20 years in public sector roles? If that’s not a shock to the system, then imagine that you are a female engineer coming into an engineering consultancy which is very much a ‘boys club’. Well that was exactly the question I was asked recently….

5 tips to successfully navigate politics in your firm
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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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