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Practice management solutions are easy. It's identifying the real problems that's difficult!

For some partners the move into a management position, or indeed into the role of managing partner, in a professional service firm, can be an unsettling and frustrating experience. Gone are the old certainties associated with advising clients on professional matters. In come the new challenges of dealing with increased levels of ambiguity, with fewer absolute rules to follow and even fewer cast iron guaranteed solutions to management and business dilemmas. Confronted with such circumstances many partners seek certainty - solutions which will work. As consultants we are regularly asked to'' just tell us what to do'' usually associated with ''and by the way we do not need any of that theory stuff - just keep it simple''. By Tom Kennie and If Price.

1 January 1999

Practice management solutions are easy. It's identifying the real problems that's difficult!

For some partners the move into a management position, or indeed into the role of managing partner, in a professional service firm, can be an unsettling and frustrating experience. Gone are the old certainties associated with advising clients on professional matters. In come the new challenges of dealing with increased levels of ambiguity, with fewer absolute rules to follow and even fewer cast iron guaranteed solutions to management and business dilemmas. Confronted with such circumstances many partners seek certainty - solutions which will work. As consultants we are regularly asked to 'just tell us what to do' usually associated with 'and by the way we don't need any of that theory stuff - just keep it simple'. By Tom Kennie & If Price.

This paper examines one approach to help partners deal with the transition into the messy world of management - witho...

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