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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan Page; 1 edition (3 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749466553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749466558
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I wish I'd had access to a book like this before I became a partner." (Charles H Green, author of The Trusted Advisor)

"Crystal clear. Razor sharp. And intensely practical. This book is an absolute must for anyone who wants to become a partner, wants to make themselves a better partner, or wants to grow future partners as part of their succession plan." (Steve Pipe, Professional service firm strategist and author of The UK's Best Accountancy Practices)

"Highly recommended read for aspiring partners and HR professionals. Inspirational advice for creating a new generation of successful partnerships." (Yvonne Hardiman, Partner and HR Director, Pictons Solicitors LLP)

"This book sets out what you need to do to objectively decide you want to be a partner and then guides you through the process to get you there." (Darryn Hedges, Global Finance Director of Marks & Clerk LLP)

"How to Make Partner and Still Have a Life provides practical guidance on the things you need to think about and do as you develop your career. It is a valuable contribution to the very limited guidance on what you need to do if it's your ambition to make partner." (Wendy Walton, Partner BDO LLP)

"As an award winning and people development focussed firm, I have to say that this book will become required reading for our aspiring people. The insight and avoidance of "guru-speak" make the case studies very real. An essential read for anyone at or seeking a senior position in a professional practice." (Peter Gillman, Managing Director Price Bailey LLP)

"Another must-have read from Heather Townsend. A book that looks at the reality of what it is to be a Partner and provides essential practical advice for anyone considering promotion." (Claire Martin, Solicitor)

"Original, clear, concise and brilliantly written, this handbook is packed with invaluable insights. An absolute must-read (and potential life saver) for anyone pursuing a professional career. From long experience, Larbie and Townsend explain exactly how to reach both success AND that elusive work-life balance many top professionals so desperately need." (Sunny Stout-Rostron DProf, Executive Coach; Director: Sunny Stout-Rostron Associates, and Research Mentor with the Institute of Coaching at Harvard/McLean Medical School.)

"There is so much of value to partners and future partners in this book that I don't know where to start! It is a book, like Heathers first, that I will recommend to all my professional services clients. Heather and Jo's experience of working on the inside of a professional firm shines through and every chapter contains something of practical value. The real life case studies will convince you that you can make partner and still have a life. I'm even putting some of their tips into practice in my own life." (David Tovey, Author of Principled Selling)

"Life is about choices. If you know of this book and choose to ignore it, you do so at your peril!. This book is the bible for every ambitious person in professional services. Too many would be partners 'live to work'. 'How To Make Partner and Still Have A Life', makes an outstanding contribution towards getting control of your time and thinking in order to 'work to live'. It is a must buy." (Ian Cooper, Author of the 'Financial Times Guide To Business Development' and 'How To Be A Time Master'.)

"Packed with practical tips, exercises and advice from partners who have already made it, this is an essential career guide for any professional, whether aiming for partnership or unsure about their future direction. Highly recommended reading!" (Phil Gott, Director Peopleism Ltd)

"I wish this book had been around when I was a junior lawyer - it's a brilliant and practical guide to the issues surrounding partnership - how to work out if you really want it as well as helping you to create a road map to get it. It will also help a lot of partners gain some focus in these challenging times and treat partnership as the beginning, not the end of a journey. I particularly like the action points at the end of each chapter. I'm going to put it in our firm's library with a big "Read Me" sticker on it!" (Nicky Richmond, Joint Managing Partner of Brecher Solicitors)

"If you have aspirations to make Partner and you only purchase one book this year - make this that one. It could quite literally change your life." (Drew Moss, Senior Learning and Development Manager, BDO Australia)

"Too many people get part-way through their career with no clear ambition or idea of where it is going.This book is an essential tool for anyone within the professions - and in other areas too - to help them understand and work out what they want to achieve, and how best to achieve it." (Chairman of MSI Global Alliance and founder of Firm Management)

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The ultimate prize in the world of professional services is making partner. But how do you achieve this ambition? This is the definitive guide to fulfilling your potential, becoming a successful partner - and still having a life outside work.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By @ekbusinesslaw on 6 Feb. 2013
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I didn't purchase this book because I have a burning desire to be a corporate partner in a large commercial law firm. That had once been an ambition of mine. The focus of my attention is now in the field of legal practice education and training, and I purchased this book because I see part of my role as being able to help others make it to partner.

The book divides 21 chapters into 5 parts. As well as giving advice and guidance, each chapter is packed with very useful exercises, charts, action points, websites and suggested books for further reading and development.

Part 1 introduces you to you, and what being a partner really means. Reflective practice is something that for many years legal practice education has been lacking. Thankfully, there is now more emphasis placed on learning this skill. There are plenty of practical suggestions in this part of the book to help you develop in this area.

Part 2 focusses on how to become partnership potential. What I really enjoyed about this section was the recognition that partnership potential isn't something to focus on later down your career path. It's something that interviewers are likely to be looking for at the very early stages of your career.

Part 3 is how to survive those early years. This will help you develop an appreciation of the importance of networking within the firm and outside the firm. Networking is absolutely essential if you want to be a partner. If you wait for work to come to you, it will pass you by, and so will partnership.

Part 4 moves into the stage of your career where you need to be thinking about building your own client portfolio and your own team. Professional practice is as much about relationships as it is about practice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on 20 Feb. 2013
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I found this book extremely informative about a subject that tends to be a taboo subject. We spend so much time gaining our qualifications that its easy to loose focus on our career goals once the 9-5 begins. I have never taken the time to really sit down and think whether or not partnership is for me and so learning about what it involves and what is expected was very useful. Also, taking the time to think about life goals, both inside and outside of work is a useful exercise to carry out. I found the book helpful in giving me a direction with my career goals and extremely motivational.

I would recommend this book to anyone in a public service job who like me, may be unsure whether partnership is for them and if it is, then how best to reach that goal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. Kaye on 17 Aug. 2013
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I read this book and realised how it was that long hours working in a professional services firm had contributed to the breakdown of my first marriage.

The endless expanding hours for billables, client meetings, and internal meetings left little time to play and in the long run a lot of important things took a hit that could have been avoided.

I gave it to my son who is ambitious and working hard in the hope that this would give him an opportunity to succeed at work and still have a successful partnership at home (when that time comes).

I wish I had read this 30 years ago!...I still find it useful now....

If you have children embarking on fee earning careers give this to them for Christmas....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HR Director on 21 Nov. 2012
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Thanks to Heather Townsend and Jo Larbie for providing the rare insight into how to make partner and still have a life. This book is a must for anyone responsible for career path management in the professional services sector. I wish this book had been available when I started out in legal HR.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rajn100 on 14 Jan. 2015
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As a chartered accountant who qualified some years ago with a big professional services firm, this book was a timely reminder of years gone by....Timesheets yikes! Quite a lot of the content is probably less relevant if you are experienced, although a nice reminder and beautifully summarised, but there is still enough to really make you think about what you want to do with your professional life and whether the professional services firms is the right place for you.

I'd recommend this book to anyone starting out in the profession as "a keep by your side guide" - invaluable tips and experiences shared. .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DrMic on 6 Dec. 2012
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I originally bought this book for a friend who was wanting to make partner in his accountancy practice. I nearly didn't give him the book, as it was so practical, readable and actually applicable for anyone looking to get promoted without sacrificing their life in the process.

I particularly liked the chapters on becoming the 'go to expert' and 'growing your own client portfolio', I will be taking on board the advice in these chapters to help me with my business development responsibilities.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Filip Lyapov on 23 April 2013
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The book is an excellent study of the professional services world and the increasingly high demands on partners. Its reach is beyond the practical career roadmap and how-to-do-it guidance which is very helpful. The authors firmly believe that success in business can be achieved without sacrificing the quality of your personal life. It is all about making the right choices and getting all the support along this long journey.
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