Most partnerships require their potential partners to write a business case for admittance to partnership. (See what do you need to put in your personal business case for partnership)
When I interviewed Darryn Hedges, Global Finance Director for Marks and Clerks, recently, he explained the most common mistake that potential partners make with their business case is that they get over-fixated on technical content and technical ability. The whole interview is captured on a 35 minute podcast ‘creating a winning business case for partnership‘ – which is available to download.
In Darryn’s view (and he has now been heavily involved in the partnership promotions process for three firms), he believes that you need to focus more on your ability to lead, win work, work collaboratively with others, and delivery of excellent client service:
As Darryn explained in his interview,
In professional services, the terms ‘finding, minding and grinding‘ are often spoken about. This is normally relating to:
Grinding: Doing the work
Minding: Managing the work you have today and the people you work with
Finding: Winning the new work
What you need to show in your personal business case for partnership
If you are to have a winning personal business case for partnership, regardless of whether you are a lawyer, accountant, consultant or architect, Darryn suggests that you show in your business case how you get do all three, i.e. finding, minding and grinding, with a proven track record. I.e. not just showing that you can ‘Grind’ – after all, a competent associate, manager or director could do that.
How does your firm encourage you to increase your minding and finding skills?
The whole interview is captured on a 35 minute podcast ‘creating a winning business case for partnership‘ – which is available to download.