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“Technology is Everyone’s Business” – Career Management and Technology

Larry Boyer

Understanding a variety of technologies is critical for career development

How many friends do you have? How often do you tweet? What apps do you use? These were some of the questions Artie Decker was asked after he was fired in one of the opening scenes of the 2012 movie Parental Guidance. Billy Crystal’s character, Artie Decker, is a long [...]

5 clever ways to get your mentor and sponsoring partner to help you to make partner

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Fail to use these 5 tips and you are risking sabotaging your career progression to partner in your current firm.

In this article, Heather Townsend, co-author of How To Make Partner And Still Have A Life and The Go-To Expert, shares 5 tips based on her recent experiences of helping her client successfully get appointed to a partnership position [...]

3 clever tips to help you get through your final interview for partnership


These 3 tips helped our client who was a Big 4 partner get his next partner role in another large firm. Heather Townsend, co-author of How To Make Partner And Still Have A Life and The Go-To Expert, reveals all…

Getting through the last interview for partnership may be a step too far. However, armed with these 3 tips you [...]

What Leadership Development Lessons Can We Learn From 9/11?

What leadership development lessons can we learn from how leaders at all levels responded on 911

On the morning of 9/11/2001 leaders at all levels around the world needed to respond to a situation unlike any before

On the morning of September 11, 2001 and the days that followed leaders at all levels of business and government faced a situation unlike anything experienced before. During a crisis people turn to their leaders, formal and informal, [...]

Labor Day’s Relevance For Today’s Professionals – Leadership Development Challenge.

Larry Boyer

By Larry Boyer, Guest Blogger

In today’s white collar world of professional services the struggle of the labor movement over a century ago may seem like a distant echo with little relevance to your world today. For most of us in the U.S., today’s Labor Day holiday is just another day off, summer’s last [...]

Top 5 Lasting Career Benefits of Big 4 Experience

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By Larry Boyer, Guest Blogger

Larry Boyer unites data science and leadership development to help organizations and individuals be successful in an increasingly complex and volatile business climate.

Firms around the world seek out employees with Big 4 experience. And it’s not just for people with accounting and finance experience. While employers see the value of the Big 4 experience, [...]

4 simple but effective tips to help you pass the big 4 partnership admissions process


On partnership track? Then this article will give you 4 simple tips to help you increase your chances of being admitted to the partnership.

I recently met with Tara Fennessy, a Leadership and Personal Impact Specialist who has helped 100s of Big 4 directors take the step up to partner. In our lengthy conversation we discussed the support Big 4 [...]

A new LinkedIn feature to help you stay in contact with the people who matter to you

The Go-To Expert

Heather Townsend, author of ‘The Go-To Expert‘ shows you how to use a new, simple and very powerful, LinkedIn feature to easily stay in touch with the people that matter to you. 

Staying in touch with your key contacts should be easy, after all, we have so much technology to help us do this. The problem is that much of [...]

5 most effective tactics to build a LinkedIn profile which gets you found by potential clients

The Go-To Expert

If you have neglected your LinkedIn profile, or wondering why it isn’t having an impact on your lead generation, then this article will give you five simple tweaks to help your LinkedIn profile start to win you work. 

I regularly do research for my clients and prospects on the state of their social media efforts. Of course, this will always lead [...]

11 smart tactics to survive and thrive when you move to a new firm

Heather Townsend

Have you decided that the best way to progress your career is to move to a new firm? Heather Townsend, co-author of ‘How to make partner and still have a life‘, shares 11 tips on how to not just survive, but thrive in your new firm.

1. Stop yourself from saying ‘when I was at….’

Given your career history, and the [...]

5 highly effective tactics to build a LinkedIn profile which gets you found by potential clients

The Go-To Expert

If you are generating interest from potential clients (or employers) on the strength of your LinkedIn profile, then you need to implement these 5 tactic. Heather Townsend, author of ‘How to make partner and still have a life‘ and ‘The Go-To Expert‘ explains all…

 When I am going to talk with a firm about helping them win new business [...]

4 business development lies you need to stop believing if you are to rapidly grow a partner-sized client portfolio

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These four business development myths are rife within Big 4 and large firms. Believing them could be very dangerous for your career. Heather Townsend, co-author of The Go-To Expert and How to make partner and still have a life, explains why…

Business development, or should we actually call it ‘marketing and selling’, tends to be seen as a dark [...]

6 savvy tactics to make your business case for partnership so persuasive your partners have to say yes

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These 6 tips helped our US based client give the best ever pitch for partnership that his partners had ever seen.  Heather Townsend, co-author of How To Make Partner And Still Have A Life and The Go-To Expert, reveals all…

1. Why you?

This is THE fundamental question you need to answer in your business and personal case for partnership. Until [...]

6 smart strategies to successfully ask for a pay rise

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These 6 strategies will increase your chances of getting the salary and bonuses you deserve. Heather Townsend, co-author of How To Make Partner And Still Have A Life and The Go-To Expert, reveals all…

With the global recession starting to lift, you could be forgiven for wondering why your pay hasn’t increased since pre-recession levels. If you are thinking [...]

The 2013 Big Four Firms Performance Analysis Is Now Available!

Download the 2013 Big Four Firm Performance Analysis

This new 28-page 2013 performance analysis report provides a detailed analysis of the historical performance of each of the Big Four firms and insights from their combined figures. Continue reading