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How to Make Partner and Still Have a Life

How to Make Partner and Still Have a Life

The Smart Way to Get to and Stay at the Top

Heather Townsend, Jo Larbie

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The ultimate prize in the world of professional services is making partner. This is the definitive guide to fulfilling your potential, becoming a successful partner - and still having a life outside work.

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About the book

The burning question on every ambitious fee-earner's lips is: 'how do I make partner at this firm?' Fully updated with the latest insights to tackle all the most current challenges in this fast developing industry, this 2nd edition of How to Make Partner and Still Have a Life is your route map to making it to the top in a professional services firm. It shows you how to stand out, be in the right place at the right time and build your kitbag of skills to overcome the many hurdles and reach the Holy Grail of becoming partner. This book reveals what it really takes to make it, and what it will involve once you're there. It helps you make an informed decision on whether or not this is the right step for you, and guides you on how to become a partner and still sustain a healthy work/life balance. Heather Townsend and Jo Larbie show you the rules of the game, laying bare exactly what you need to do to take the ultimate step.



Reviews

This is one of the best roadmaps you will find to help you get to partner and stay there.
Charles H Green, co-author of The Trusted Advisor

Ambition and hard work is not enough: those aspiring to partnership also need advice and guidance. This is where to find it. Jo and Heather provide a dispassionate, knowledgeable, but also entertaining overview of the challenges facing young professionals and how to get over them. This new edition has extended its reach to provide practical insights into the sometimes eccentric world of professional practice management.
Guy Vincent, former Managing Partner, Bircham Dyson Bell LLP

This is a book that ALL young professionals should be reading now, even if partnership is only a long-term aspiration. Firms begin forming views on future partners on the day that staff join the firm - and possibly even at the interview stage. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so be prepared. This book will help you do just that.
James Mendelssohn, Chair of MSI Global Alliance

As someone who has coached people both through to partnership and beyond this book captures some crucial thinking. It is great mix of stimulating thought and down to earth practical advice. I recommend it to any one in professional practice or anyone looking to join a partnership.
John Moss, Managing Director JA Consulting

This is a book that ALL young professionals should be reading now, even if partnership is only a long-term aspiration. Firms begin forming views on future partners on the day that staff join the firm - and possibly even at the interview stage. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so be prepared. This book will help you do just that.
James Mendelssohn, Chair of MSI Global Alliance

This is the go-to resource for anyone with ambitions of making Partner. Superbly written and bursting with practical tips, tools and advice, this is without doubt the definitive resource for any current or future Partner.
Drew Moss, Head of Learning and Organisational Development, BDO Australia.

I have looked to Heather since 2011 for guidance in the kit bag of skills required for a partner in the 21st century. The second edition of this book is essential reading for any aspiring partner, new partner and for the established partner to help them be successful whilst achieving a work-life balance.
Judy Dyke, Director, Tyndallwoods

The journey to making partner in a professional services firm can be challenging, confusing and time-consuming. This book will help you prepare yourself for that challenge, help you demystify the confusion and ensure you spend your precious time wisely. It will help you to build a strong business and personal case and provides you with the tools to help you decide if you are up for the challenge of making partner, for which the rewards can be great!
Paul Welling, Director Activ8 Development Limited

Whatever you think you need to do to be a partner or remain a partner, think again by using this insightful guide. Do the exercises, follow the roadmap, and with your drive and enthusiasm, you can get to and stay at the top.
Phil Mullis, Head of Retail and Wholesale, Wilkins Kennedy LLP

This book tells you what often nobody does about making partner - from considering if it's right for you through to practical advice to help you get there. It is extremely well written, being both informative and insightful in a 'human' and engaging way. Thoroughly recommend!
Joanna Gaudoin, Personal & Corporate Image Expert

Engaging and practical advice combine to create an indispensable guide to managing a career in the professional services. An excellent read for aspiring partners.


Nick Boyd, Head of Alternative Real Estate, Lambert Smith Hampton

How to Make Partner and Still Have a Life is a must read for anyone wanting to be a partner in a professional practice. This thought provoking book helps you navigate your own route to partnership and also offers guidance on how to succeed once you've reached your goal. Each chapter is packed full of practical advice and real-life examples. I have found this book invaluable and I'd highly recommend it.
Hollie Gallagher, Partner Bircham Dyson Bell LLP

Ambition and hard work is not enough: those aspiring to partnership also need advice and guidance. This is where to find it. Jo and Heather provide a dispassionate, knowledgeable, but also entertaining overview of the challenges facing young professionals and how to get over them. This new edition has extended its reach to provide practical insights into the sometimes eccentric world of professional practice management.




Guy Vincent, former Managing Partner, Bircham Dyson Bell LLP

Navigating a course to partnership can be a bewildering and frustrating blend of 'hard' and 'soft' issues, either of which can sink you. Jo and Heather's compendium of all the major issues is an excellent aide on that journey. You'll find out how to choose the right destination as well as avoiding the rocks on the way.
James Entwisle, Managing Partner, Hymans Robertson LLP


Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749478803
  • Edition: 2
  • Published: 3rd September 2016
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 234x156
  • 336 pages

About the Author

Heather Townsend helps professionals and firms become the go-to-expert. Over the last decade, Heather has worked with over 100 partners, coached and developed 1000+ professionals in the UK's most ambitious professional practices.

Jo Larbie
is a leading thinker in the world of talent management for professional service firms. She has over 20 years experience in organisational and leadership development and as a lawyer, HRD Director, consultant and executive coach. She has been personally responsible for many hundreds of professionals successfully taking the step up to partner.


Heather Townsend


Jo Larbie


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