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By Martin Straub
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By Ian H. Turvill, Freeborn & Peters LLP
Across the globe, professional services firms are striving for growth. They employ many strategies to realise their objectives, but among the most common (certainly among law firms) is to hire partners from rival entities – so-called “lateral hiring.” Sadly, these hiring decisions often fail to live up to the heightened expectations associated with them. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Instead, there are three factors that distinguish the firms that engage in successful lateral recruitment and integration, and those that do not.
By Prof. Robert Anthony, Anthony & Cie
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By Dr Anuphan Kitnitchiva, Dherakupt International Law Office Ltd.
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By Alan Rajah, Lawrence Grant, Chartered Accountants
The 9 characteristics that I believe are the key drivers in being successful:
2. The need or an overwhelming desire to achieve
3. Screening for opportunity
4. Locus of control
5. Goal orientation
6. Continued optimism
7. Courage to see it through to the end
8. Tolerance to ambiguity
9. Strong Internal Motivation
By Olena Makeieva, Aksonova & Associates
In 2009 I visited a unique training IBR University Leadership Professor Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, PhD. in Psychology Larry Stout. Larry was able to represent us great, who is the real leader. We watched a movie about the great expedition explorer Ernest Shackleton in Antarctica. In 1914 Shackleton organized the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Expedition ship, reaching the coast of Antarctica, sank as it was nipped. Hike ended catastrophe, but Shackleton managed to save the entire team and no one died. Intuitively, from the example of great men and their stories alive, comes the understanding of who the leader is, crystallize a clear understanding of the vital qualities of a leader.
By Eric R. Elmore. Drucker & Scaccetti, P.C.
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Professional service companies commonly organise themselves along practice lines. For example, accountants offer advisory, audit, and tax services. Alternatively, companies can position themselves within certain industries, including particular niches and segments. A consulting firm might perhaps focus on food, and then specialise further on agriculture, ingredients, manufacturing or food service.
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