I just got done reading Managing the Professional Service Firm by David H. Maister. A very solid book about what it is like to run your own consulting firm. I already know this one is probably going to make my Top 10 books of the year list.
This is a must read for anyone in consulting, considering getting into consulting, or even running a team anywhere.
My favorite quotes:
“Having high-priced partners doing too much low-value work is a recipe for disaster”
“What is everybody’s responsibility is truly nobody’s”
“I realized that, in professional life, if you’re comfortable, you’re heading for trouble”
“The health of your career is not dependent so much on the volume of business you do, but the type of work you do (whether or not it helps you learn, grow, and develop), and who you do it for (whether or not you are increasingly earning the trust of some key clients). In any profession, the pattern of assignments you work on is the professional development process -- you just have to know how to manage it.”
“The best method I have seen of preserving a high level or motivation in a professional work group is the maintenance of a constant challenge to individuals composed of two key statement: “Yeah, you’re good… but how good are you?”
(PS here was my Top Books from 2017)