A couple of recent enquiries have led to the same conclusion. It’s something that I was first engaged to do about 3 years ago but less often recently. Maybe there has been an article somewhere or a speaker recommending the idea?
I don’t recall mentioning it myself in any of my articles, blog comments or talks. Still the idea is one to consider – and there are plenty of people around who could provide such a service if you have the time to check them out.
Do any of the following sound familiar?
- “The junior partners are suspicious of our motives and plans”
- “Our partner meetings are less productive than they could be”
- “We need the partners to contribute more equally at our meetings”
- “Why don’t we ever stick to the agenda and spend time on the important issues?
Each of these has been expressed to me in the past along with requests for me to help by facilitating partner meetings. Most recently the idea arose early in a partnership restructuring exercise. I was asked to play a key role in helping to manage the process and to address the concerns of junior partners by providing an independent view and explanation of the formal advice from third party advisers.
So, do consider the idea. If it appeals then by all means get in touch. I only have limited time for such engagements and, of necessity they need to be within easy reach of North West London. For those further afield I’d be delighted to put on my thinking hat to help find you someone suitable.
And if you’ve tried this and are willing to share your experience, do add your comments to this post. Other views also welcome.