Lawyers as Managers: How to Be a Champion For Your Firm and Employees

(The American Bar Association – August 2017)

Today more than ever, all members of a law firm must work together as a team for the benefit of clients. Coordinating and getting the most out of everyone’s contributions is the responsibility of a firm’s managers, whether they are lawyers or administrators.

The fact is that few lawyers enter the profession with management experience. Law schools offer little if any preparation. All too often lawyers must learn to manage their firm’s most significant asset—its people—on the fly and without a great deal of support. “Human capital” may be difficult to quantify, but when it is wasted or not effectively used, a firm will not survive, let alone prosper.

Information on how to manage people in law firms has been sorely lacking up until now. Lawyers as Managers gives you everything you want and need to know about managing people. It is not just a book to help you deal with the challenging people in your law firm—it is a primer and road map on how to empower, motivate, inspire, and bring out the best of everyone in your law firm . . . including you!

This book will accelerate your growth as a manager of lawyers and legal professionals. It is a handbook you can turn to if you’re in a position of authority or as you gradually assume greater managerial responsibilities. It’s a comprehensive and practical guide that includes the checklists, charts, and resources attorneys and managers need to lead thriving and resilient firms.

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The Lawyer’s Guide to Professional Coaching: Leadership, Mentoring & Effectiveness

(The American Bar Association – April 2012)

Finally, a book for lawyers and by a lawyer that clearly explains the value and process of coaching! The Lawyer’s Guide to Professional Coaching: Leadership, Mentoring & Effectiveness answers the following questions:

  • Why coaching has grown so popular…and necessary.
  • Why coaching lawyers is and should be different from coaching executives and other professionals.
  • How coaches help lawyers and contribute to their bottom line.
  • How individual lawyers are using coaches to improve their performance and satisfaction.
  • How and where law firms are using coaches to improve effectiveness, cohesion, morale, and profitability.
  • How coaches differ from consultants, therapists, and trainers.
  • How to get the highest ROI from your investment in coaching.
  • Practical advice on how to find, select, and hire the right coach.
  • Isn’t everybody a “coach” today? How to get past the labels and tell real coaches from unqualified ones.
  • The coaching process demystified – what to expect in coaching conversations and engagements.
  • How coaching skills help when lawyers manage, mentor, and work with clients.

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