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Book Summary: Inside Knowledge – How Women Can Thrive in Professional Service Firms by Alison Temperley

In 2015, a man starting work at a law firm was three times more likely than a woman to make a partner. The same held for accounting and consulting firms. Women’s leadership coach Alison Temperley addresses unconscious bias and gender inequities in professional service firms. She has 30 years of experience working in and with …

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Book Summary: Leading Professionals – Power, Politics, and Prima Donnas by Laura Empson

Professor Laura Empson of London’s Cass Business School and Harvard Law School reports on intensive research into how to lead professional firms, such as law offices, and complex organizations, such as hospitals and universities. Her scholarly work, packed with citations and cross-references, details how leadership functions in a professional services environment. This layered study, funded …

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Book Summary: Open to think – Slow Down, Think Creativity, and Make Better Decisions by Dan Pontefract

Citing the title of Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” as an example of something people think they know but often get wrong, consultant Dan Pontefract offers a strategy for thinking more clearly and making better decisions. As he explains how his “dream, decide, do” system works, he provides real-life examples of “open thinkers” …

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Reflections on Defining Success, How I overcame ‘Superwoman Syndrome’ and Assistants Must Excel at the Fundamentals

I started as a junior secretary in a law firm and eventually became an admin to a senior partner. In my personal life, I raised two children, helped save for their educations, and sent them to good colleges. I head up projects for several organizations as well as for my church. But despite all these accomplishments, …

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5 Inexpensive Actions with Big Rewards High Performance On Low Budget Or No Budget

Sure, perks such as daily catered lunches or fancy trips to industry conferences help some companies boost employee satisfaction and productivity. Organizations with limited resources, however, needn’t despair. Plenty of creative, effective ways exist to develop a thriving workplace culture without breaking the bank. Here is a look at five areas in which an employer’s …

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