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e-b1s Business 1 Stop, a new interactive support service for small to medium sized businesses, has been developed in conjunction with UK law firm, Steele & Co. e-b1s Business 1 Stop will, for the first time, allow businesses will have access to professional services, including law, on-line.

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?

The first 100 days.

I have every faith in your abilities Jane, I know you can sort this firm out. Those infamous words of encouragement from John Parsons (57), the firms Senior Partner, were uttered just before Christmas, 1999. They had echoed continually around Jane Allens (39) head every since. Prior to her appointment as the new Managing Partner of Graysons and Hanrahan (incorporating Parsons and Jones) from the 1st January, 2000, she also had confidence in her ability to sort this newly merged firm out. Now, she felt much less clear. By Tom Kennie & If Price.

The first 100 days. A case study

I have every faith in your abilities Jane, I know you can sort this firm out. Those infamous words of encouragement from John Parsons (57), the firms Senior Partner, were uttered just before Christmas, 1999. They had echoed continually around Jane Allens (39) head every since. By Tom Kennie and If Price.

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.

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