How to kick-start your career when you’ve got stuck
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How to kick-start your career when you’ve got stuck

Are you feeling stuck in your career? Have you lost your mojo? Are you bogged down by the same old, same old, but try as you might, you can’t put your finger on what you really want and what to do about it? Even though the dreaded year of 2020 is over, not everyone is…

Why habits, not goals, are essential to progress your career
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Why habits, not goals, are essential to progress your career

If you were asked, “What will progress your career?” I’m pretty sure that your answer would be something akin to “goal-setting plus a lot of hard work.” This would be no surprise as isn’t that the winning combination for all the personal and professional goals that we set ourselves? Let me ask you something, how…

5 secrets to make that first day back to work as productive as possible
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5 secrets to make that first day back to work as productive as possible

Do you know that dip in productivity that you get after coming back from vacation? Where the first couple of days or even that first week goes slowly, and you tell yourself that you’re just getting back into the groove of things? This is what is known as the ‘post-vacation blues’ and many lawyers, accountants,…

How to write a career plan if you are a lawyer, accountant or consultant (without getting overwhelmed)
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How to write a career plan if you are a lawyer, accountant or consultant (without getting overwhelmed)

Understanding how to write a career plan if you are a lawyer, accountant or consultant is key to make partner and stay there. As the saying goes, “fail to plan, plan to fail”. And this couldn’t be truer if you are wanting to progress your career in the professions. How to write a career plan…

How long does it take to become a partner at a Big 4?
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How long does it take to become a partner at a Big 4?

It’s a question that most junior members of a firm want to ask: “How long does it take to make partner?” It’s even more difficult to answer. You can work all your life and still only reach the position of a Director or you could defy the odds and make partner by the age of…

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

3 lessons that being in the gym can teach you about successfully going for partnership (& it’s nothing to do with your physical fitness)
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3 lessons that being in the gym can teach you about successfully going for partnership (& it’s nothing to do with your physical fitness)

I was in all sorts of pain – and I’d only been sitting on the erg for 5 mins. (Erg = rowing machine) This wasn’t good… And I shortly gave up, 4 minutes short of my target of 10 mins on the erg. The thing was, I knew I was unfit. I also knew that…

Why have I asked my coach to inflict pain on me?
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Why have I asked my coach to inflict pain on me?

I’ve just done something very stupid. Yes, incredibly stupid. I have asked my coach to inflict pain on me on a daily basis over the next 14 days. Seriously. The problem is, (deep breath for confession time) I have let myself get disorganised. I’ve had the luxury of not having a boss for the last…

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