Do you have the right Mindset to make partner? Here's how to get it!


Making it to partner in your firm is so much more than another promotion! It's when you own some of the firm.

No matter where you are in your career, take the time to work on having the right mindset to transition from senior employee to business owner.

Your Mindset drives what you focus on; what you focus on drives your behaviours. Behaviour, in turn, dictates your actions.

And it is these actions which then determine the results you achieve. 

If you don't get rid of any hindering Mindsets you may have, then you have a lot less chance of implementing these new skills, behaviours or attitudes.  If you can adopt the right Mindset for your success, then it will become much easier to create sustainable behavioural change. And it is this behavioural change which will take you from being a senior fee earner to becoming a partner. 

Everyone is different, and some specialisms will require a certain trait or Mindset to be successful. However, this list of Mindsets is common to all successful professionals who have progressed through the ranks to partner.

  • Making partner is not just another promotion, it is where I grow a business that will increase the profits of the firm
  • My own mental and physical health is more important than hitting work targets
  • How I spend and use my time is within my control
  • I see fear as something to be embraced rather than hidden from
  • It is my responsibility to drive my own development and career 
  • Business development is part of my day job
  • I want to make a positive impact on my firm

Your partners don't want another high-performing senior associate or senior manager.

They want someone who is already showing that they think, act and feel like a partner.

You can find out how you score on Mindset and the other Key Indicators when you take my Partnership Readiness Assessment (start here)


To change your Mindset to one of those above which will progress your career, here are some tips to try:

  • Prioritise your self-care
  • Understand and accept your current situation
  • Book a session with an Executive Coach
  • Spend 5-10 minutes every day journaling why you work the way you do
  • Reflect on when you have successfully changed your Mindset - what worked?
  • Consider what you really want, i.e. your vision, goals or dreams.

Help to work on getting the right mindset to make partner



We have a great course in our Progress to Partner Academy  called How to put together a development plan to achieve your career goals.  The course gives you the structure, clarity, and guidance to gain the skills, knowledge, mindset, and experience to take your career to the next stage or level – whatever you want that to be. Find out more here

Other self-study courses include:

How to be on your A-Game Everyday

How to Truly Commit to Moving your Career Forward

There is a whole section full of resources to help with your Mindset in Progress to Partner Academy, including recordings on:

How to get noticed and grow your profile in an authentic way

Courageous conversations: How to become an expert at difficult conversations

How to be seen by your partners as sharp, commercial and future partner material

To unlock  12-months access to my resources (videos, recordings, guides, newsletter) that will guide and show you what you really need to do to get noticed in your firm – join my Progress to Partner online Academy (membership starts at just £35+VAT for 12 months access (sign up here )

Premium members also unlock access to our self-study courses including The Go-To Expert, Creating A Cast-Iron Business Case for Partner, How to Delegate Like a Pro, How to Lead & Manage a Team and How To Be On Your A-Game Every Day.

Join my Progress to Partner Academy as a Premium member today  and login to your Dashboard to get started.

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