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Making partner in a private professional practice has always been tough, but with business retrenchment across the globe, it’s tougher now than ever. Executive coach Heather Townsend and talent management consultant Jo Larbie detail a viable partnership path for accountants, architects, engineers, attorneys and other professionals in today’s competitive corporate environment. Note that the authors spend more of the book’s attention on making partner than on still having a life, but that’s what being a partner is like. getAbstract recommends Townsend and Larbie’s guidance to those who work at partnership firms and charge clients for their time. This very basic career manual explains how to win the partnership war and how to survive the stresses of battle and of victory. It’s up to you to decide if it is a war worth winning.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why becoming a partner at a professional service firm is difficult,
  • What four common partnership routes you can follow,
  • What qualities you need to become a partner and
  • Why achieving partnership status means more and harder work.

About the Authors

Heather Townsend is an executive coach. Jo Larbie handles talent management for professional service firms.



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Contemporary professional firms have too few high-ranking slots for all those who want to become a partner. Nonpartners may work around the clock every day but still not make the grade. Those who become partners often sacrifice their personal lives to remain in good standing. Yet...

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