As well as showcasing our latest thinking through webinars, articles, roundtables and conferences, Adrian Furner has authored, contributed, and reviewed books on various topics including the Professional Services Leadership Handbook (PSLH).
Professional Services Leadership Handbook: How to lead a professional services firm in a new age of competitive disruption : Authored by Adrian Furner with Nigel Clark, Alastair Beddow and Ben Kent
Professional services firms – from the legal sector to accountancy, consulting and beyond – face increased disruption. Service delivery models are under pressure to adapt to changing client expectations. Technology offers new ways of working with clients, but changes the skills profile required of professionals, and threatens the traditional people-centred business model. The Professional Services Leadership Handbook equips leaders, and aspiring leaders, with tools and insights both to tackle these long-term disruptive trends and to maximise their firm’s profitability today.
Leaders of professional services firms find themselves with a daunting, but exciting, range of challenges ahead. Using practical insights drawn from experienced professional services leaders, the Professional Services Leadership Handbook explores new models and working practices to address four components of strategic leadership: clients, business, people and self leadership. It offers clear-sighted analysis of common pain points, and provides innovative solutions for dealing with them. This practical guide is designed for everyone involved in leadership decisions, whether that be a practice area, sector group, business function, or even firm-wide leadership role. It will help readers to focus their attention on the activities that will really make a difference to the success of their firm.
Watch a 3 minute insight into the book – How to become a leader that others look up to – insights from the experts
The Fundamentals of Contract and Commercial Management – IACCM
This ground-breaking title from the world’s leading authority on contemporary contracting best practices, the Iaccm (International Association for Contract and Commercial Management) delivers a lively and practical complete insight into the contracting process which is useful in both business and personal life. Contracts are the language of business, and this book gives readers the essentials that can make a difference to any deal, no matter how big or small.
Designed for the non-contract business professional, this book takes project managers and other professionals through the basic process and gives them a road map to improved results, increased value, and successful outcomes In this book you’ll find sensible guidance and approaches to ensure business success. Case studies showing you what can go wrong – and what can go right — bring theory into the real world. Checklists give confidence and enable you to be certain that you have asked and answered the right questions as you go through any deal. This real-world approach demonstrates the value of effective contracting. This is not dry, academic prose. It is compelling and dynamic advice and tools to manage business relationships for both buyers and sellers.
Contract and Commercial Management – The Operational Guide by IACCM
Almost 80% of CEOs say that their organization must get better at managing external relationships. According to The Economist, one of the major reasons why so many relationships end in disappointment is that most organizations ‘are not very good at contracting’. This ground-breaking title from leading authority IACCM (International Association for Contract and Commercial Management) represents the collective wisdom and experience of Contract, Legal and Commercial experts from some of the world’s leading companies to define how to partner for performance.
This practical guidance is designed to support practitioners through the contract lifecycle and to give both ‘supply’ and ‘buy’ perspectives, leading to a more consistent approach and language that supports greater efficiency and effectiveness. Within the five phases described in this book (Initiate, Bid, Development, Negotiate and Manage), readers will find invaluable guidance on the whole lifecycle with insights to finance, law and negotiation, together with dispute resolution, change control and risk management. This title is the official IACCM operational guidance and fully supports and aligns with the course modules for Certification.