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How to say no to a work project from a partner

How do you say no to a partner who is asking help from you for a work project? And how do you do it without offending them or hurting your career? Many lawyers, accountants, and consultants find it hard to say “no” when it comes to work, especially when it is work offered by a …

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2 solid email templates for saying no to a partner

How do you say no to a partner through email and still save your career? Can you imagine saying “no” to a partner? Even though the mere thought of doing so may cause you to tremble. However, it can be completely necessary to refuse something that they have asked of you. Many lawyers, accountants, and …

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Partner Track Politics: The difficulties of transitioning from 2nd in command to being the boss

Partner Track Politics: Heather explains how it’s important to know what to expect when you are in partner or if you’re about to make partner. I often have this dialogue with particularly lawyers on the program. It’s on the how to make partner program, is that you need to build up your own team. But …

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8 ways to survive and thrive in a male dominated office culture

Imagine you were thrust into the world of the professions after 20 years in public sector roles? If that’s not a shock to the system, then imagine that you are a female engineer coming into an engineering consultancy which is very much a ‘boys club’. Well that was exactly the question I was asked recently. …

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5 tips to successfully navigate politics in your firm

Last week, I was speaking at a ‘how to make partner’ event hosted by the Pro-Recruitment group. After I had finished my talk, there was a question and answer session with me and a panel of partners. One of the questions was how to successfully navigate the politics in your firm. In this blog post …

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8 questions to ask yourself before you contribute to the firm’s grapevine

In our blog series on 12 ways to successfully navigate your firm’s politics  (part 1, part 2, part 3), we talked about avoiding gossiping or supplying information to the firm’s grapevine. Here are 8 questions to ask yourself BEFORE you share some information: Why am I sharing this? Does it create or solve a problem? Do people …

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What are political mistakes? And, can they really wreck my career?

In our last three blog posts (part 1, part 2, part 3) we have been looking at ways to navigate and survive the firm’s politics. In this blog post we will look at what we mean by political mistakes. Firstly, let us remind ourselves about what we mean by being politically savvy: (definition is taken …

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