Book Review: How to Make Partner and Still Have a Life

Heather Townsend and Jo Larbie have just released the 2nd edition of their book, How to Make Partner and Still Have a Life. 13938127_10157331707990525_3798345719782329597_o

Having worked in two of the Big 4 accounting firms and witnessed first hand the sacrifices partners had to make and the challenges they faced, I was keen to see what wisdom was shared.

As someone who works with accountants in industry, commerce and the public sector, I was sure that there would be some useful tips in the book for this audience too.

Part 1 of the book tackles the big question that I’m sure few ever really consider – Is partnership right for you?

As well as answering the question as well as what it takes to be a partner in a firm, readers are encouraged to look at what they really want from their career and life.

I’m sure we have all worked with someone or perhaps been that person who put everything into their career, missing out on a lot of things and regretting it later.

Having set the scene and got you to the point where you have decided partnership is right for you, the book then goes on to show you how build a firm foundation.

In this part of the book you learn how to become partnership potential, how to develop yourself, how to create your career and action plan and build your support team.

You will also discover how a firm makes money, how to be seen as one of the club and even how to find the time to fit it all in.

Part 3 talks about transitions at different points in your career. I was particularly pleased to see this included as so often it’s missing from or glossed over in most career books.

The way in which your role changes as you move through the different grades was covered really well.

There is also great advice on building your own portfolio and team, becoming the ‘go to expert’ for your firm and managing and leading.

There is another great section on building your personal and business case.

The book concludes with insights into how to succeed as a partner, particularly in the early years.

Throughout the book there are plenty of mini case studies and stories that brings the content to life.

What I really like about the book is that as well as great content there is specific action to take at the end of each chapter.

It’s written by two individuals with real life experience over many years who have seen it all for themselves.

So if you’re looking for a practical roadmap and are serious about becoming a partner, check out the book on Amazon.

Duncan Brodie helps accountants in industry, commerce and the public sector build successful careers.

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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