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


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

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

Larry Boyer, Success Rockets, Career Development, Leadership Development, Advanced Analytics, Big Data, Personal Branding

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 [...]

Now Available! – Detailed 2013 Analysis of The Big Four Accounting Firms

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The 2013 Performance Analysis of The Big Four Firms - Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC

Revenues for the Big Four accounting firms grew at a moderate pace from 2012 to 2013 to record levels, a performance aided by continuing improvement in global economies while challenging conditions persisted.

Two Big Stories Of 2013: Deloitte beat PwC to become the largest accounting firm on [...]

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 [...]

SMB IT – Mid Size Companies –Today’s IT Challenges

Timothy E. Reed

Timothy E. Reed

Despite their unique challenges, mid-size companies tend to have many of the same IT priorities as their much larger counterparts.  The IT Challenges mid-size organizations face today are complex.  A recent McKinsey poll of senior IT executives identified the following key IT challenges,

- Generate more value from Data

- Improve Security

- Reduce cost of [...]