In addition to my academic responsibilities, I undertake selected advisory work and speaking engagements, to help professionals apply insights from my research.
I work with the most senior leaders of leading professional service firms around the world to enable them to recognise and address deep-seated challenges.
My academic research provides a neutral and objective context in which to address highly sensitive and potentially conflict-laden issues. The frameworks and insights I have developed offer clarity and new perspectives. In collaboration with leaders, I get to the heart of extremely challenging problems and develop strategies to resolve them.
Sometimes this can be achieved through a single, very intensive senior leadership off-site; sometimes it is a much longer-term undertaking, such as an independent non-executive role on Boards.
Typically I advise on a range of issues relating to leadership, governance, partner management, and strategic change.
I speak at professional and partner conferences and leadership off-sites, as well as acting as a facilitator for senior executive teams. I am also asked by leading professional service firms to speak to their clients. Before undertaking a speaking engagement, I typically interview professionals within the organization, to enable me to tailor my insights to their particular context.
I speak on subjects relating to leadership, governance, partner management, and strategic change: for example, on understanding leadership dynamics, developing an effective partnership ethos, overcoming impediments to growth, and integrating post merger.
Recent speaking engagements have included:
House of Commons, London UK - Professional service firm mergers: The extreme change challenge
Harvard Law School, Cambridge USA - Why partnerships work
London Business School, London, UK - Insecurity and the gig economy in professional services
Allen & Overy, London, UK - Leading autonomous followers in professional services firms
ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain - Understanding leadership dynamics in elite professional service firms
Academy of Management, Atlanta, USA - Professional service firm governance
HEC, Paris, France - Leadership dynamics and the unstable equilibrium in professional services firms
Watch the video of me speaking at the launch of my most recently book, Leading Professionals: Power, Politics, and Prima Donnas.
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