Category Archives: Law Firms

Heroic vs. Quiet Leadership — Part 2

How do lawyers choose their leaders—or if you read the first part of this blog posting, elect their “kings”? Factors like seniority, community visibility, share of equity, and amount of business originated certainly play a role. And while lawyers may … Continue reading

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Heroic vs. Quiet Leadership — Part 1

One of the core dilemmas of leading and managing a law firm is played out in a hysterically funny scene from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8bqQ-C1PSE]. In the scene, Arthur, King of the Britons, encounters a couple of … Continue reading

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Business Development for Litigators

Commercial and general litigators often feel they must work harder and smarter at business development. Their client relationships are often episodic, coming and going with a client’s need for representation. It can be tougher for these lawyers to develop expertise … Continue reading

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Creative Lawyer is Not an Oxymoron

Use the phrase “creative lawyer” and many people (including lawyers) will scoff or imagine the worst. Thoughts of novel but spurious legal arguments come to mind, or examples of unethical time keeping and billing practices. At best, people may think … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions For The New Normal: 8 Ways To Make Your Business Development Efforts More Successful

Welcome to 2015! With the start of each New Year, many Americans make resolutions. Studies have shown that by the time February rolls around, only 64% of them will still be working on those resolutions. If 2015 is like prior … Continue reading

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Collaborate to Innovate

In an excellent conversation with columnist Erik L. Mazzone, legal industry experts Bruce MacEwen and Jordan Furlong discussed the many challenges law firms have faced since 2008, and the need for innovation throughout the profession. [“The Innovation Imperative: Adapt or … Continue reading

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The Inner Game of Marketing

When lawyers try to learn and master business development skills, they often discover that their old habits of thought and behavior are the biggest obstacles to their success.  Their beliefs and attitudes—particularly when unspoken and outside of their awareness—can be … Continue reading

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Motivation and Morale in the New Normal

The economic downturn that began in 2008 has had a profound and wide-ranging impact on the legal profession.  As law firms have struggled to adapt to this “new normal,” they have begun to question and change the traditional ways they … Continue reading

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Is Your Business Development Plan Drowning in Data?

Time, relationships, and knowledge are a lawyer’s three most precious resources— without them, few lawyers can succeed. Wasting one or more of the three resources is a recipe for underperformance. Lawyers’ education (both law school and CLE) has traditionally emphasized … Continue reading

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