Mindset

Are you ready to go for partnership?

Mindset is one out of 12 key indicators for making it to Partner. What are the key indicators we hear you ask? Well, they are a list of criteria that we have come up with to test whether you are ready to go for partnership. Based on our experiences of working with hundreds of lawyers, accountants and consultants, we found that only the candidates who performed strongly in these 12 key areas, were successful in being made up to Partner. 

You can only know what you need to work on when you assess yourself, so take our Partnership Readiness Assessment now. This will tell you how you score in the 12 key areas, highlighting which of the indicators you need to work on. The results of this assessment will be invaluable to you as it will help you to prioritise and take purposeful steps to progress your career to Partner. 

Why is Mindset so important to your future career progression?

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 Mindsets 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 are 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 hide 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 in my firm

Your partners are not looking for another high-performing senior associate or senior manager. They want someone who is already showing that they think, act and feel like a partner.

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

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    Prioritise your self-care

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    Understand and accept your current situation

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    Book a session with an Executive Coach

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    Spend 5-10 minutes every day journaling why you work the way you do

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    Reflect on when you have successfully changed your Mindset - what worked?

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    Consider what you really want, i.e. your vision, goals or dreams.

If you need more help with changing your Mindset, read Chapter 1 of Poised for Partnership here.

A selection of the resources in Progress To Partner to help you with Mindset

On demand courses

Recorded Virtual Events

Workbooks, books and guides

Short videos

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