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How to not get overwhelmed when planning to go from senior manager to partner

How do you not get overwhelmed when planning your career goal from senior manager to partner? Planning to get to the next stage of your career can be overwhelming, especially when you are on a track from being a senior manager to partner. So how do you not get overwhelmed? How do you handle the …

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How to really create the time to work on your career

Feeling stuck in a career rut? Do you feel like you’re spending your days working just on work and you don’t have time for anything else? It is pretty common for lawyers, accountants, and consultants in practice to feel overwhelmed with work. However, this leads to not spending the time that you should in your …

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10 tips for compiling a deal sheet (and why you really need one now)

It’s good practice for every lawyer to compile a deal sheet (a running list of representative matters that they have worked on); it’s even better to do this regularly! Not only will keeping an up-to-date deal sheet allow you to take stock of your experience, which will come in extremely handy if you intend to …

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12 red flags that indicate you won’t make partner at your law firm (and what you can do next!)

The increasing competitiveness among firms has resulted in a much longer timeline to becoming partner, if you’re lucky enough to be named one at all. So it’s important for associates to know and regularly evaluate whether they are on the right track. The partnership track is a tough and vigorous road to travel, so rather …

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What Is Tall Poppy Syndrome? [And How To Deal With It]

There is a destructive social phenomenon that impacts almost every successful or developing person in the world. It is an impulse to cut others down for the achievements they’ve made and somewhat a cluster of envy, low self-esteem, fear and resentment. To criticise those who demonstrate their individuality, ambition or unique talent and commonly disassembles …

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How does your role change as you move from manager to director?

We are going to explore how your role will change as you move upwards within the firm. (This advice is for anyone in a Big 4 firm, mid-tier or small firm). In this blog post we will start with one of the hardest transitions, going from manager to director. Or for the lawyers, whether BigLaw, …

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5 things you need to prove if you want to move from director to partner in a Big 4 firm

I have been privileged to help several senior managers in a Big 4 make it to Director and then help them along their way to Partner. In this article, ‘Partner versus Director,’ I share what I have learnt along the way, in particular, what is the difference between a Big 4 partner versus director. Big 4 …

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When to say No (or yes) to extra responsibilities at work

Many Big 4 firms and law firms expect their senior managers, directors, senior associates and legal directors to take on extra responsibilities at work. These are normally non-chargeable responsibilities which will take you away from the day job. The reality is that it is not optional to take on these responsibilities. However, these extra responsibilities …

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Why you need to be a BRAND to progress your career in the professions

This week I spent a day working with 3 senior lawyers helping them start a partner-sized practice. For each of the three, I helped them define and articulate their brand. It only occurred to me as I reflected on my conversations that wherever you are in your career you need to have built a brand …

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Why we need to go towards fear if we are to progress our career

I recently read a great article by Leo Babauta: Develop resiliency: How to move towards your fears and suddenly a lot became clear about why so many highly talented people in Big 4 firms and other large professional service firms become a brake on their own career development. What was the premise of the article? In …

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