Speaking and advisory work

I work with senior leaders and partners in professional service firms around the world to identify, understand, and address significant organizational challenges, to stimulate fresh thinking, and to inspire change. Everything I do is informed by, and grounded in, my academic research.



  • Speaking

    I speak at conferences for senior professionals. I am also asked by professional service firms to speak at client events. My speeches are based on my research insights and can be tailored to address clients’ firm-specific challenges. Examples of work:

    • Understanding leadership dynamics
    • Unleashing the power of partnership
    • Changing professional service firms
    • Leading insecure-overachievers
    • Breaking through barriers to growth

    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

    ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
    Understanding leadership dynamics in elite professional service firms

    Academy of Management, Atlanta, USA 
    Professional service firm governance

    London Business School, London, UK
    Insecurity and the gig economy in professional services

    HEC, Paris, France
    Leadership dynamics and the unstable equilibrium in professional services firms

    Allen & Overy, London, UK
    Leading autonomous followers in professional services firms

  • Interventions

    I design and lead provocations and interventions, working closely with senior leadership teams of professional service firms to tackle specific problems. Using my research insights, I challenge their assumptions and encourage fresh thinking, through leadership offsites and ongoing workshops. Examples of work:

    • Defining values and purpose
    • Developing strategy and vision
    • Resolving conflict within the partnership
    • Redesigning governance
    • Improving partner performance
  • Advisory

    I am often asked by professional service firms to act as a sounding-board for senior leadership and to offer advice on a wide range of issues relating to my research. On occasion I also work on retainer and serve as a non-executive. Examples of work:

    • Governance and leadership effectiveness review
    • Leadership succession planning
    • Partner development and appraisal
    • Pre-merger analysis
    • Post-merger integration

How to lead your fellow rainmakers

In my latest article for Harvard Business Review I present case studies of highly successful (and highly unsuccessful) leaders and outline five guiding principles for leading professional service firms.


Two podcasts from New York launch of "Leading Professionals"

Oxford University Press and Thomson Reuters interviewed me about my research, how I do it and why I wrote the book.


Leading Professionals: Power, Politics, and Prima Donnas

My latest book was launched in the UK on 4 October 2017 at Cass Business School, London