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About the course
The competitive pressures on partners, directors and principals of Professional Service Firm (PSF) have never been greater. And as these pressures intensify further in the current economic climate, the temptation of many will be to focus on client facing work rather than on the more challenging aspects of leading and managing their practices - for example, how to strategically differentiate and grow their practices, and how to nurture and develop their associates.
Management consultants, accountants, lawyers, actuaries, engineers, architects, surveyors, physicians, public relations professionals, recruiters and others involved in professional practice of whatever kind face the same pressures. While continuing to practice their profession, they need, as partners, directors or principals of their firms, to find the time to lead and manage their business and people. And as these pressures intensify further in the current economic climate, the temptation of many will be to focus on client facing work rather than on the more challenging aspects of leadership and management.
The Professional Service Firm Leader Programme brings together leading business academics from the University of Cambridge with top consulting professionals with a wealth of experience in providing strategic, leadership and personal advice and development skills throughout Europe. The result is a unique learning event which blends academic and practically based sessions to provide participants not only with an in-depth understanding of the concepts of professional service firm management and their role, but also with the skills to apply those concepts in their daily working lives.
It is our focus on implementation - in turning the concepts and ideas into specific actions that improve individual, practice and firm performance - that sets this programme apart. We recognise that firms from different PSF sectors tend to face different issues in different ways at different times. To respond to this reality and develop a programme that is truly focused on participants' needs, we will:
- contact each of the participants before the programme and ascertain which subjects they would like to explore in more detail
- use this feedback to create a series of 'application' sessions in which participants can work in small groups with their fellow participants and faculty experts on the issues they believe will really make a difference to them and their firm
- adjust the scheduled content during the programme if the participants believe that an in-depth discussion on any topic would better serve their needs
To support the participants when they return to their normal roles after the programme, we also have a cadre of outstanding coaches, who, at a participant's request, will work with them in turning the ideas into action.
While the final programme content will reflect the participants' needs, it will also cover the five main topics critical to the success of any professional service firm - strategy and differentiation, leadership, people management, client service and business development.
- Integrated leadership and the motivational dynamics of professionals
- Professional service firm strategies: practice segmentation; aligning the firm's practices, people and resources
- Leadership styles: becoming an effective role model, coach and mentor
- Client service: making your client teams even more effective
- Business development: the prerequisites for successful cross-selling
- Leadership and values: the power of personal example; leadership and change
- Leading and sustaining change in the firm: what really effective firms do to stay at the top
You'll learn from outstanding faculty and associates of Cambridge Judge Business School and experienced practitioners where you will build a network with other professional service firm leaders from firms across Europe and elsewhere in the world.
- Understand the practical significance of the elements in the integrated leadership model - setting direction, commitment and execution
- Understand the strategic execution process
- Understand more about your own role as a leader
- Develop an understanding of effective leadership and management of teams
- Practical case studies to identify principles and reinforce the learning
- Gain practical concepts and frameworks
- Translate frameworks into day-day business responsibilities
Who should attend
- Professional Service Firm (PSF) leaders, directors and principals
- Managing partners, members of partnership boards and other firm-wide management committees, practice area heads, industry sector heads, and those in line to take up such positions and responsibilities
- Management consultants, accountants, lawyers, actuaries, engineers, architects, surveyors, physicians, public relations professionals, recruiters and others involved in professional practice
Trust the experts
Dr.Hardy is a lecturer at the Open University. He was previously a researcher in Neuroscience, Endocrinology and Finance at Cambridge Judge Business School. Prior to this Dr Hardy worked as a veterinary surgeon in the pharmaceutical industry, general practice and veterinary academia. He is a form...
Fiona read law at Oxford, qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and has worked as an international banking, asset, project and corporate finance lawyer in London, Hong Kong and Singapore. She became a Partner of Allen & Overy, Singapore, having set up the office there with another colleague, wit...
Philip developed the Global Human Resource Research Alliance, a research group involving 30 companies worldwide - American Express, BAE Systems, BT, EDF, GE, General Mills, IBM, IKEA, Infosys, Matsushita, Oracle, Procter and Gamble, Rolls-Royce, SANYO, Sealed Air, Shell, Siemens, TCL, TNT, and Un...
University Lecturer in Strategy & Organisation Ecole Normale Supérieure, LLM (Rennes I), MSc (Paris X Université), MA (EHESS), PhD (HEC Paris) Research interests Strategy and economic sociology; organisation theory; categorisation; valuation; status; legal studies. Subject group: Strate...
Mark De Rond
Professor of Organisational Ethnography Fellow of Darwin College DPhil (University of Oxford) Research interests Studying people by living with them under similar conditions so as to better understand how they experience, and develop meaningful relations to, the world as it happens. Mark''s...
Bill is a clinical psychologist who graduated from the University of Aberdeen. He works with contemporary cognitively based psychological approaches to treat anxiety states, depression, stress reactions and chronic fatigue states. He has a particular interest in treating work related psychologica...
Mark Smith is a Senior Advisor for the professional service firm programmes where he designs and delivers content to develop competitive advantage for clients. Mark has two decades of experience in the legal profession spanning a number of different roles and providing a unique perspective on th...
Guy Lewin Smith
Guy is a Fellow in Management Practice at Cambridge Judge Business School where he focuses on the provision of leadership and management development programmes for professional services firms. He is involved in researching the implications for professional services firms of disruptive technology ...