tell managers what ownership means

younger businesswoman and older businessman smiling and talking in office hallwaydon’t assume they see the benefits.

by gary bolinger

not long ago, i was in a firm meeting with several partners and senior managers. the plan for the meeting was for me to provide an update on current and emerging issues facing the profession and firms. the issue of succession planning came up (as it frequently does). i had been scanning the room to attempt to determine who was really tuned in and who was just warming the chair they were sitting in.

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a senior manager had caught my attention because he seemed intent on learning and understanding what was shaping his chosen profession. so, i took the opportunity to bluntly ask if he was interested in being an owner in the firm. i got a raised eyebrow from some of the partners. they obviously thought i was asking a question with a rather obvious answer. but …