Support Team

Are you ready to go for partnership?

Support Team 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 Support Team so important to your future career progression?

Making partner is a marathon not a sprint. Like any good long-distance endurance athlete, you will need your own Support Team to help and support you along the way.

Your Support Team is composed of people who are drawn from your personal, professional and family network.

All the members of your Support Team have an important role to play in helping you achieve your aim of making partner and living to tell the tale. 

The perfect support team will be different for everyone.

Of course, the exact makeup of a Support Team will be different for everyone. However, an effective Support Team when you are on Partner Track is likely to include these 6 types of people.

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    Mentor

    Your Mentor is someone in your firm who is more experienced, can act as a sounding board and provide objective guidance and feedback. They can also help you increase your profile in the partnership. 

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    Sponsoring Partner

    This person is normally the Head of your department or practice area. They are typically the person who will decide whether you are ready or not to go on Partner Track and be recommended for partnership. If you don’t have their blessing to go for partnership, then it will be pretty much impossible to make partner at your firm. 

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    External Coach

    Your own coach helps you to take time out from the hurly-burly of your work life to focus on what really matters to you. They will also work with you in acquiring the key skills and knowledge required to make partner. An independent coach can often be the only person you can totally confide in without fear of risking your progression to partner.

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    Family

    Having a supportive and happy home life is important. It is very difficult to truly excel at work if you are having long-term problems with your family life. 

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    Friends inside of work

    By going for partner in your firm, you are committing the next 5+ years of your life to this firm. Therefore, if you are going to be your best at work, you need to have colleagues whom you like, trust, respect and think of as friends.

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    A supportive ‘life’ partner

    Sadly, most of us, just when we are ready to accelerate to partner, also have conflicting priorities such as a young family. Regardless of your family situation, you do need a supportive ‘other half.’ If they don’t support you with your career ambition, it’s going to be hard work.

If you need more help with creating a support team, read chapter 4 of Poised for Partnership here.

A selection of the resources in Progress To Partner to help you with Support Team.

On demand courses

Workbooks, books and guides

Short videos

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Guide for mentors
How To Tell Your Partner That You Want To Go For Partnership
Guide for mentees
How to get your firm to pay for coaching for you
Poised for partnership 3rd edition book
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