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What changes when you make partner and how to prepare for them

*This blog is an excerpt from chapter 2 of the 3rd edition of Poised for Partnership. This chapter focuses on ‘Direction’ and helps you to work out whether partnership is right for you and if it is really what you want. Download the full chapter for free here. Far too many professionals see making partner as …

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How early should I start preparing for partnership?

“How early should I start preparing for partnership?” is a question that I get asked by lawyers, accountants, and consultants very often. “I want to make partner in the next 12 months” is also something I hear, but more on that later. While it is possible to make it through the Partnership Admission Process within …

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How to pick yourself up if you are unsuccessful in the partnership admissions vote

Firstly, if you are reading this article because you have just been told you are not going to make partner this time around, I feel for you. Even if you almost expected it, I am guessing that you are probably feeling a bit raw now. In this article, I explore how to pick yourself up and …

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5 key ingredients needed if you are to be seen as ‘partnership potential’

For some people, the route to partnership is a hard slog. (In fact, probably for most people.) However, there are often a few number of people who seem to be given extra help and all the right assignments and experiences to make it to partner. These select few are often tagged by partners as ‘partnership …

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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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If you could read just one book to help your career move forward…

When Jo and I wrote ‘How to make partner and still have a life‘, we wanted to leave a legacy. In our combined 30 years in the professions, we had seen far too many able, clever and talented people fail to make partner, mostly because of a lack of knowledge of how the process works. …

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