Accelerated Best Practice: Implementing Success in Professional Firms

Accelerated Best Practice: Implementing Success in Professional Firms

by F. Westwood
     
 

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All professionals are under pressure to implement change. They face increased competition and external regulations. Their clients have become more demanding and critical. Quality work is at a premium with senior people moving between organisations. Professional service firms must find a way to respond positively to these pressures. Success stems from developing the

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All professionals are under pressure to implement change. They face increased competition and external regulations. Their clients have become more demanding and critical. Quality work is at a premium with senior people moving between organisations. Professional service firms must find a way to respond positively to these pressures. Success stems from developing the ability to take control and make change happen.

Professionals are trained to analyse and debate, rather than decide and act. Implementation and speed of response within professional firms remains a key problem as ongoing confusion over ownership and consensus frustrates change.

Whilst there are many management books focusing on strategic change, few tackle change in an applied way and even fewer, in the context of professionals. This book provides practical tools and techniques for professionals, enabling them to harness their intellect and energy to achieve buy-in and commitment to change.

Accelerated Best Practice is based on current research into successful professional organisations. It develops five key elements that build into a Model for Success. These include operational management, strategic leadership, structure, client and people development.

Key Benefits
• Allows readers to implement strategic and operational change quickly and successfully
• Shows professional service firms why change is necessary, how to diagnose problems and identify corrective action
• Succinct and practical help based on contemporary research
• Includes case studies, applied techniques and tools to put theory into practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403933348
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
01/01/2005
Edition description:
2004
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.03(d)

Meet the Author

Fiona Westwood was a solicitor for 20 before setting up Westwood Associates in 1994 as a management and training consultancy specializing in strategic planning and management development for professional firms from a wide range of sectors, including law, accountancy, surveying, architecture and engineering. Her first book, Achieving Best Practice: Shaping Professionals for Success, was nominated by McGraw-Hill as their September 2000 Book of the Month. She writes regularly for business and professional publications, including The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland and the English Law Society Managing for Success.

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