Post #790 – Thursday, March 8, 2018

Tackling Partner Underperformance

I’m delighted to have been asked and subsequently contributed a Chapter to the second revised edition of Tackling Partner Performance, a new book by an old friend, Nick Jarrett-Kerr.


As Nick’s publisher, the Ark Group, points out, “The issue of underperformance at partner level remains incredibly agonizing and sensitive in law firms.”  Nick’s excellent book addresses contributing factors to and potential remedies for this difficult situation in chapters that range across topics such as “Clarifying and Managing Expectations of Partnership,” “Supporting and Rehabilitating Underperforming Partners,” “When Lateral Hires Fail,” “Communication and Conflict Resolution,” and many other pertinent topics. (See the book’s Executive Summary and Table of Contents for more detail.)

Nick is one of the leading UK and international specialist advisors to law firms and professional services companies worldwide on issues of strategy, governance and leadership development.  Prior to becoming a consultant, he was the chief executive partner of Bevan Ashford, an esteemed law firm in Great Britain, and he is currently a visiting professor at Nottingham Trent University, where he leads the strategy modules for the Nottingham Law School MBA.

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