Phyllis weiss haserot
Phyllis weiss haserot

President & Founder

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Next Generation, Next Destination™ Program

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Transitioning Is the New Retirement

How many of these issues are keeping your firm from performing at its best?

Never before have workplace transitions seemed so complex and challenging.

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More than succession planning — The Solution to the Looming Demographic Perfect Storm

As the Baby Boomers are positioned to move on, will they participate in a smooth transition? Will the next generation be ready? Will the significant, strong relationships survive?

The issues for the firm are:

The issues for individuals are:

How will your firm address these vital issues? Practice Development Counsel’s *Next Generation, Next Destination*™ program provides the guidance and tools to help you plan and succeed.

Connecting the dots: How you benefit





Transitioning — The redefined retirement solution

Here’s how we help

As a neutral party to deal with your sensitive issues on transitioning:

*** Practice Development Counsel takes the points of view of both the firm and the affected partners, working with you to arrive at feasible and mutually satisfying solutions

Why Us? Our Value-added

Principals Phyllis Weiss Haserot and Richard T. McDermott serve as neutral parties to help resolve personal and emotional issues that affected partners are experiencing as well as providing access to high quality resources to deal with economic, health, next career and legacy issues. With decades of experience as practitioners, managers and consultants and coaches in professional firms, we know and understand professional service firm cultures, methods of operation and how the players think.

Phyllis Weiss Haserot is a business development and organizational effectiveness expert and thought leader with more than twenty years of experience advising professional firms. She is President of PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT COUNSEL, a consulting and coaching firm working with law and other professional firms. She works with firms on inter-generational relations, transition and succession planning, strategic business development coaching, influence strategies, retention and integration, client relationship management, implementing flexibility, collaborative culture and workplace conflict resolution. (see bio)

A frequent speaker and facilitator, Phyllis is the author of The Rainmaking Machine and The Marketer’s Handbook of Tips & Checklists (both West 2009), a monthly e-Alert on inter-generational relations, and is a prolific author in the professional and business press. (see bio)

Richard T. McDermott is a business case study on successful partnership retirement planning and has held a number of law firm management positions. He retired as a partner of Clifford Chance in 2004 and continues as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law. He is a consultant to Moody’s Financial Services, is a mediator, and serves as a principal with Practice Development Counsel in its *Next Generation, Next Destination* programs.

Dick served as Chair of Clifford Chance’s Legal Personnel Committee, which is responsible for the training, development, advancement and evaluation of attorneys in the firm’s Americas Region. Previously, he served as a member of the firm’s Finance and Legal Employment Committees and on the management committee of two mid-sized firms. (see bio)

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Practice Development Counsel
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If the above questions piqued your interest and you know they need to be addressed, contact us at 212-593-1549 or

We’ll share our “Best Practices for Transitioning” list at a brief meeting to discuss your challenges and needs around transitioning.