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What Good Shall I Do Today?

Most of us, I’m guessing, have recently had days where we didn’t really know where to begin — much less, how to realize the highest level of productivity. This past weekend, while enjoying Ann Handley’s new book, Everybody Writes, I was reminded of the daily schedule of one of America’s most productive and innovative historic … Continue Reading

The Ultimate Building Block For Communication During Crisis

When your audience or market believes you always have their best interest at heart, every message will resonate — even in the midst of crisis. Nothing drives the impact of a message more than the presence (or absence) of trust. Trust provides a more effective platform than any pulpit…from sanctuary to bully. Once earned, it … Continue Reading

Things Aren’t Broken Enough

The Managing Partner spoke with measured emotion. And conviction. The topic was the desire he and his senior partners shared to continue the legacy they were beneficiaries of by passing on a thriving firm to the generation of lawyers, now laboring as associates and young partners. I was taken by the forward thinking…the commitment to … Continue Reading

A Recession IS Coming — Proactive Business Development Is The Only Way To Prepare

You’ve seen the articles. Many knowledgeable observers believe a recession is inevitable; some are predicting a severe slow-down as early as spring 2020, based on certain indicators. I do my best to avoid trafficking in fear and doom, but it is difficult to find a serious economic observer that doesn’t believe a downturn is coming. … Continue Reading

This Is What A Priority Looks Like

When things don’t change, there is typically one reason. Change is simply not a priority. Wherever there is a lot of talk, but very little action…when progress is painfully slow (without regard to how essential we say it is) it is almost always due to one thing. The prescribed movement isn’t important enough to command … Continue Reading

Five Keys To Realizing Return On Your Firm’s Business Development Efforts

Does your firm regularly wrestle with measuring return when it comes to business development efforts? If so, you’re far from alone. At least one reason is that for many firms, the pursuit of new business is not aligned with any overall, longer-than-this-year strategic plan — one that is guided by a set of core principles, … Continue Reading

Why Your Lateral Hiring Program Under Delivers, And How To Fix It

If your firm is like most, the pursuit of lateral partners is a critical piece of your growth plan, and you invest in it disproportionately. But unless yours is an exception, the effort under-delivers. Consider data highlighted in a January article from ALM, authored by Nicholas Bruch, Michael A. Ellenhorn and Howard Rosenberg. In the … Continue Reading

The Resonant, Authentic Voice Of Leadership

Some accomplish it with a pen — mightier-than-any-sword. Some with eloquent oratory. For some the tool is as simple as an invitation — how may I help you? Or the offer of a cup of cold water A few speak volumes with the sheer force of example. Whatever the avenue or methodology, the voice of real leaders encourages … Continue Reading

Seven Signs Your Firm Could Be Facing Consequential Transition

Whether a new enterprise or a venerable brand, the realities of a market in transition are most likely having an effect on your firm. Responses to Altman Weil’s 2018 Law Firms In Transition Survey underscore the magnitude. 49% of responding firms failed to meet billable hour targets in 2017 59% say equity partners are under … Continue Reading

The Perils of Peering Into The Future Through a “That’s-The-Way-We’ve-Always-Done-It” Lens

Vision is the lifeblood of any march toward the future. Without it, the status quo offers a comfort zone that is difficult to give up — especially when things have been pretty darn good for a very long time. Before we go further we should clarify terms. A Vision is not about a 100-word so-called … Continue Reading

The Inspiration Of Real Leadership

In his book, Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek bases the title on a practice of the US Marines. When gathered to eat, the enlisted members of the group are first in line, while officers wait until everyone else has been served. The book is, in my view a must read. But here is a timely … Continue Reading

Real Leadership Inspires Uncommon Vision

Some accomplish it with a pen mightier-than-any-sword. Some with eloquent oratory. For many the tool is as simple as an invitation — how may I help you? Or the offer of a cup of cold water Some speak volumes with the sheer force of example. Whatever the methodology, real leaders encourage conversations — around core ideas, fundamental values, … Continue Reading
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