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The honeymoon is (almost) over

Jane always knew that being Managing Partner would not be an easy role to fulfil. The roller coaster exhilaration of the first 100 day had been both exhausting and exciting. She had now spoken to all the partners and a cross section of staff, and with only one or two exceptions, they had all expressed a mixture of relief and enthusiasm about her appointment. Whilst she welcomed the support, she also sensed that behind the words a degree of concern also existed. Her instincts suggested to her that they might be questioning whether she could deliver, would she be able to make some real and sustainable changes to the firms strategy and overall management?

1 July 1999

Jane always knew that being Managing Partner would not be an easy role to fulfil - the roller coaster exhilaration of 'the first 100 days' had been both exhausting and exciting. She had now spoken to all the partners and a cross section of staff, and with only one or two exceptions, they had all expressed a mixture of relief and enthusiasm about her appointment. Whilst she welcomed the support- she also sensed that behind the words a degree of concern also existed. Her instincts suggested to her that 'they' might be questioning whether she could deliver - would she be able to make some real and sustainable changes to the firm's strategy and overall management?

Those expressing less positive support did so more out of defensiveness - 'marking their territory' just in case she had any thoughts about 'you know, changing things around here'. Now, after her first 3 months in post she felt it was time to consolidate her thinking. The time to move towards action was bec...

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