Insights

Here are some recent articles and videos for professionals that draw on the themes of my research.

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Update: Will the Big Four really eat Big Law’s lunch?

Read two recent interviews with me for American Lawyer and Thomson Reuters. What can Big Law learn from the Big Four and how worried should they be?

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"Leading Professionals" - First anniversary of publication

“The reason I found the book compelling is that it articulates and pulls together a lot of unspoken and hidden dynamics that can be observed within partnerships.”

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Professions at risk

As the traditional professions face new challenges to their status and legitimacy, in this podcast I ask: is it time to rethink what it means to be a professional?

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Insecure overachievers on the record

Senior professionals speak frankly to me on my BBC Radio 4 documentary about insecurity, the ‘drug’ of achievement, the mental health costs, and the way ahead.

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Waiting for the Golden Ticket

Unrealistic expectations and misleading recruiters can lead para professionals to feel ‘trapped’ in transitional roles. Read my most recent article for Harvard Law School's "The Practice".

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Stefan Stern reviews "Leading Professionals"

Management writer Stefan Stern has written a lively review of my latest book. He says the book "shines a bright light into a previously under-explored world".

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What does it mean to be a professional?

Should professional service firms ditch their grandiose purpose statements and reconnect with a more profound commitment to what it means to be a professional?

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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.

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If you’re so successful, why are you still working 70 hours a week?

In my recent "Harvard Business Review" article I discuss overwork, insecurity, and social control in professional organizations

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Governing the ungovernable

I discuss the key themes of my latest book, "Leading Professionals: Power, Politics, and Prima donnas", in "Legal Business".

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Leading Professionals: Power, Politics, and Prima Donnas

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

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Insecure overachievers? You are perfect for the job

The "Financial Times" management columnist Andrew Hill discussed chapter six of my new book "Leading Professionals" in his column.

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Review of "Leading Professionals: Power, Politics, and Prima Donnas"

Stephen Mayson has written a thoughtful review of "Leading Professionals" and raised some interesting questions about the future of professional service firms.

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Myths of Management

Management writer Stefan Stern interviewed me for his recent 2017 book "Myths of Management: What People Get Wrong About Being The Boss".

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Crossing the research–practice divide

I discuss how academics can make a difference and what are the rules of engagement with professionals.

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The Oxford Handbook of Professional Service Firms

With the publication of this Oxford Handbook, professional service firm scholarship came of age. Now it’s available in paperback.

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Leadership dyads: The ideal leader is two people

In this article for Thomson Reuters I talk about the dual-leadership model, or leadership dyad, that is common in professional service firms.

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What is professionalism?

My video interview for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) explores what it means to be a professional.

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How do professionals work together to create leadership?

A video based on my presentation at the 2017 ESADE Research Day on high-performance/high-impact organizations.

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Who’s in charge? Leadership dynamics in professional service firms

This video and report introduce some of the major ideas that are developed further in Leading Professionals: Power, Politics, and Prima Donnas

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Steering law firm strategy

I am interviewed for Harvard Law School's "The Practice" on how strategy has evolved in law firms and who is driving it.

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What makes people follow reluctant leaders?

Stefan Stern wrote this blog post for the "Harvard Business Review" drawing on ideas from chapter three of "Leading Professionals: Power, Politics, and Prima Donnas".

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Financial Times - Professor of the Week

I defined the term ‘Leadership Constellation’ (described in chapter two of Leading Professionals: Power, Politics, and Prima Donnas) when I was profiled as the Financial Times ‘Professor of the Week’.

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