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4 foolproof tips to help you make it from being on partnership track to Big 4 partner

What happens when you put two strong straight-talking women in a room? Who both help talented professionals make partner at the Big 4 (as well as other firms!) The sparks flew…. …as the world was put to rights! During my lengthy conversation with  Tara  (Leadership and Personal Impact Specialist who has helped 100s of Big 4 directors …

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7 things to consider to help you build a motivating personal plan after getting to partner

It is always a great moment for us when a client we have been supporting makes it over the line and gets the approval to join the partnership. However, the work doesn’t stop there. After all, once you have reached the top of one career ladder, you then need to start at the bottom of …

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6 tips to make your business case for partnership so persuasive your partners have to say yes

How to construct a compelling business case for partnership I was recently helping a highly accomplished and very successful professional make a pitch for partnership in his consulting firm. I thought I would share some of the journey and insights from this session on a blog post. Why you? When you are up against many …

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4 tips to help overcome yourself and ditch your fear of public speaking

I received an email from a soon-to-be US KPMG director. They candidly told me that their biggest weakness, and one which would stop them taking their next step up to director, was their fear of public speaking. With so many firms requiring their potential senior managers, directors and partners to present to a panel, overcoming …

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3 key questions to answer in order to build up a business case when you are currently in industry

In this post we look at how to build a business case for partnership when you are in industry and looking to return to practice as a partner. I’ve been writing this blog now for 2.5 years, and for the last 18+ months I have been asking everyone who signs up to our career kitbag …

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What due diligence should I do on my firm before buying in?

Why do your due diligence on your firm? It’s a great feeling being asked to join the partnership. However, before you agree to become an equity partner, whether fixed share or full equity, you need to do your homework on your firm. After all, ‘buying-in’ is just a fancy term for buying a stake or …

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Your business case for partnership: Don’t get over fixated on your technical ability

Most partnerships require their potential partners to write a business case for admittance to partnership. (See what do you need to put in your personal and business case for partnership) When I interviewed Darryn Hedges, Global Finance Director for Marks and Clerks,  recently, he explained the most common mistake that potential partners make with their …

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Career Clinic: How long should I be prepared to wait to be made up to partner?

This was a great question that I received in my inbox from someone who has recently signed up for my career kitbag. Here was my answer: I don’t think that there is a definitive answer to that question. It all depends on your firm and your own career aspirations. Your aim ideally needs to be …

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Career Clinic: Should I take the offer of partnership from a top 100 firm or start my own practice

It’s an interesting dilemma – should I take the offer of partnership, or should I start my own practice? It’s also a dilemma faced by the lucky ones. The accountants, lawyers or consultants who have got to the point in their career where they are a hot property. This was a question posed to me …

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