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A combination of varied skills and qualities are required to make it to the highest echelons of a firm, the most crucial being the ability to gain trust

1 March 2016

A few weeks ago I was asked for tips on how to be successful at work. While I am probably the last person who should be answering this question, I have worked for a number of different firms with varying degrees of success. I have seen a large number of people promoted; some deservedly so, and others, perhaps may be not quite so. So maybe I can offer a small insight.

First of all, there is no magic formula to this. If there was, everyone would be a partner. There is also a heavy dollop of luck involved. This is not just about being in the right place at the right time, but also recognising the opportunity when it arises.

There have been many times when a great opportunity passed me by, and I was too dozy to recognize it. So just because it doesn't work out at one firm, it does not mean that the same will be true of another. Sometimes personality clashes or bad luck can detrimenta...

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