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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

What Does Leadership Have To Do With Framing A Vision of the Future?

The mid-seventies motion picture All The President’s Men popularized the counsel offered by Deep Throat — Follow the Money.  This was the key to understanding the issues relevant to the Watergate scandal. Questions about the events surrounding the 1972 U.S. Presidential election — who was behind the break-in at the Watergate…and why — made for compelling news coverage. For … Continue Reading

The Pursuit of Better Conversations: A Thanksgiving Perspective

There are a few things that are either black or white. But very few. Most of the time almost everything is defined based on perspective. Thursday many  in the United States will enjoy a holiday tradition that has come to combine turkey and the National Football League. We’ll argue the blurry line between solid defense and pass interference. … Continue Reading

Want To Predict The Future? Follow The Vision

The mid-seventies motion picture All The President’s Men popularized the phrase follow the money. In the dramatization of the political scandal that became known as Watergate, the informant referred to as Deep Throat offered this phrase as the key to identifying those responsible for the dirty trick. Questions about the events surrounding the 1972 U.S. … Continue Reading

Effective Business Development Strategies Are Built On This

The development of new business rarely occurs in a vacuum. In professional service firms where marketing and business development are silos at best, or necessary evils at worst, organic growth will be painfully difficult. And there will be consistent debates over where and how to invest resources. By contrast, firms that realize measurable success — … Continue Reading

The Best Business Developers Share These Four Characteristics

There are markets where sales is little more than a numbers game. Send enough emails, make enough calls, knock on enough doors, ask the question over-and-over, ignore objectionns, and you’ll close some deals. But you won’t build many relationships. And that means that next month…or next quarter…or next year you get to start all over … Continue Reading

Do All The Things You Know Make It Tougher For You To Communicate?

There is no shortage of communicators talking about the challenges attendant to listening. Type effective listening into your search engine, and you won’t have to wait long for the evidence. In 1.8 seconds more than 1 million resources will be one click away. Tips, tricks, guidelines, best practices, secrets, insights, barriers, ten-step-programs, five keys, principles, systems — … Continue Reading
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