How to Make Partner and Still Have a Life Paperback – 3 Nov 2012
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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)
Specifically written to meet the needs of professionals in practice who want to successfully take the step up to partner - and who want to have a life outside work as well
Demonstrates the skills, attitudes and behaviours needed to make partner and shows how to get them
Includes practical tools, frameworks, tips and action points which can be used to get fast results
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
As I read the book, I was struck by the fact it is comprehensive and full of many practical tips. As I run a training and coaching business, I will be putting into practice much of the great advice given.
It's great on how to differentiate yourself, become the go-to-expert and build your own client portfolio in a time effective way.
I'd recommend this book for anyone new into the professions, or who works with the professions, or who is looking to progress their career within a partnership environment.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed reading How To Make Partner and Still Have A Life. The book is structured in a very logical way and there are quotes throughout which help to really bring the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Anonymous
Well presented and lots of really practical ideas whether your intention is to become a Partner or not.Published 18 months ago by Helen B
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! Read morePublished 19 months ago by rajn100
A really incisive and easy to follow guide on reaching partnership and still be a member of the human race. Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 2013 by Phil M
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. Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2013 by Mrs. A. Kaye
This book has benefited me in many ways especially to get to grips with how the Audit Market works. It gives insights into standing out at work, keeping a proper record of work and... Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2013 by Sa
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