work life balance

How to communicate your strengths to your partners and still make friends and influence people

It’s a fine line between being confident about your strengths and being perceived as arrogant. So, what’s the right way to make your partners aware of your many strengths, without rubbing colleagues up the wrong way? Here are some of the ways we can let the partners know just how good we are, without annoying …

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3 ways in which YOUR management skills are impacting your personal effectiveness

When people talk about personal effectiveness, everyone automatically assumes it is about how you personally manage and organise your workflow. I beg to differ. Actually, personal effectiveness is as much about the people around you, and how you interact with them, as it is about your personal organisation. I can lecture you until I am …

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Is this common mistake jeopardising your performance at work?

I had been forewarned that my coaching client was likely to be emotional in our coaching session. What I didn’t expect was for the tears to start rolling from the start of our conversation. I was reminded of this coaching session recently. I was having one of those days. You know, the ones that happen …

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Your first 90 days in the job – why is this so important to your work/life balance?

Over the last few months I have been delivering a couple of events around the topic of ‘how to have it all – partnership and a life’ or if you were at the ACCA autumn update, ‘how to have it all – a career and a life’. In this talk we do talk about how …

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Why is regularly ‘feeding your soul’ so important to making partner?

If you are going to work at peak performance, then you need to think differently about your health and well-being. Or as Chris William’s, performance coach to partners in the magic circle and Big 4, puts it, “Alternative Asset Management”. Most of us will find ourselves working at full stretch on the journey to get …

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A tip to help you really shut off from work on your holiday

If you are reading this blog now, you may like to feel a little sorry for myself. I will probably be shivering in a field, camping with my family. Yep, that’s right, it’s our annual week of “hoping” that the sun will shine and the british weather will be kind to us. Anyway, this is …

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What does ‘AND have a life’ really mean for you?

In the last couple of posts we have been talking about your responsibility to drive your career forward and whether you have actually sat down and thought about what you want from your life and career. Very often in my experience professionals only tend to have clearly defined goals for their career. e.g. “I want to …

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Make partner and still have a life – It’s a choice

I was having a conversation today about the whole ‘how to make partner and still have a life’ proposition. In the conversation we explored our reactions to an e-mail I had received from one of my network, which contained the damning and immensely sad lines: I don’t think my firm would approve of me wanting …

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