Training: Back to the books
The arrival of management responsibilities all too often catches partners unawares but there are ways that gaps in knowledge can be addressed. David Lewis discusses his experience of preparing for the managing partner role through MBA
Even now, I can remember how flattered I felt. The partnership had decided to appoint its first managing partner. A number of partners declared an interest, but I was not among them. To avoid a formal election, a long-serving partner took soundings from us all to see if a consensus might exist. Remarkably, mine was one of two names to emerge. The solution? The other (more senior) partner would take office, with me working alongside as his deputy.
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