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7 reasons why you are not getting enough referrals from your network

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In this article, Heather Townsend, author of the best-selling and award-winning The FT Guide To Business Networking, and The Go-To Expert, explores why you are not getting enough high quality referrals via your network.

1. You are your network’s best kept secret

There is a myth that if you do a good job then your clients will become your [...]


Your definitive guide to creating a cast-iron business case for partnership

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In this article Heather Townsend, co-author of How To Make Partner And Still Have A Life and The Go-To Expert, brings together all of her collective wisdom on how to create a cast0iron business case for partnership…

Creating a powerful and successful business case for partnership in an accounting or consulting firm  is probably the most difficult part of [...]


Follow this simple process to build a crisp, clear and powerful business case for partner in your Big 4 firm

Are you wondering how to build a business case for partnership with impact and no waffle? Heather Townsend, co-author of How To Make Partner And Still Have A Life and The Go-To Expert, reveals all…

Lately, I have been talking to a lawyer who is being put up for partner in a few weeks’ time. This is unexpected and she is [...]


Just Out! The 2014 Performance Analysis of The Big Four Firms – Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC

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If you are in the Big Four, or accounting industry, and looking for a unique study, not available anywhere, this is a MUST! http://www.big4.com/analysis

This new 34-page 2014 report provides a detailed analysis of the historical performance of each of the Big Four firms and insights from their combined figures, including:

Analysis of historical performance

Detailed review of 2014 performance by each [...]


4 ways for a non-fee-earner to build a powerful business case for partnership

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Are you wondering how to build a business case for partnership if you are non-fee earner? Heather Townsend, co-author of How To Make Partner And Still Have A Life and The Go-To Expert, reveals all…

Not all professionals who want to make partner are client-facing. We have worked with a few. They cannot build their partnership business case based upon the [...]


Your business case for partnership: 3 clever tips if you are working in industry

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Are you wondering how to build a business case for partnership if you are currently in industry? Heather Townsend, co-author of How To Make Partner And Still Have A Life and The Go-To Expert, reveals all…

Plenty of my clients work in industry but want a career change and to make partner at one of the Big 4.  Many of them [...]


5 common and fool-hardy mistakes people make with LinkedIn publisher

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Are you making one of these common mistakes on LinkedIn?  Heather Townsend, co-author of How To Make Partner And Still Have A Life and The Go-To Expert, reveals all…

As the quote goes “everyone has a good book in them”, it seems like that everyone now on LinkedIn has the opportunity to have an article on LinkedIn. Publishing on [...]


5 tried and tested ways of increasing your odds of making it through partnership track

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Getting through the partnership admissions process is a competitive process. Read this article to gain five tested tips to make sure you become a dead cert for partnership.

In this article, Heather Townsend, co-author of How To Make Partner And Still Have A Life and The Go-To Expertshares 5 tips based on her recent experiences of helping her client successfully [...]


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

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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

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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.

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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

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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 [...]