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Why Should Law Firms Consider Appointing a Board Advisor?

By Leon Sacks

Exploring the value of the appointment of a “Board Advisor” whose role is to provide expert support and advice to the governing board, without the firm releasing ‘power’ to an outsider.

Avoiding Law Firm Armageddon: The Sequel … Two Strikes And You’re Out

By Jonathan Middleburgh

Once broken, trust between partners is extremely difficult to rebuild.  A successful mediation of a conflict between partners can only ever be the first stage of the rebuilding of that trust – and, as with any relationship, the key players need to continue working on the relationship.

Your Firm Could be a “Go Firm”. Make it a “Stay Firm”

By David Cruickshank

The talent market for associates is red-hot.  We’re seeing record departures and stories of signing bonuses for second-year associates and clerks.  Instead of gearing up your recruiting to fill departures, you may want to examine the ways that associates will make your firm a “Stay Firm”, not a “Go Firm”.

Why is Law Firm Strategy So Hard?

By Mike White

How can law firms pick the right spots? How can they transform their business model and service delivery in intelligent ways without getting out over their skis?

Diffusing Conflict: Taming the Insensitive Partner

By Jonathan Middleburgh

This is the case of the insensitive lawyer, or the lawyer who is somewhat lacking in emotional intelligence, and who ruffles feathers or, worse, causes more serious distress to his or her colleagues.

5 Questions About Your Path to Partnership

By David Cruickshank

One of your high-performing associates is about to enter her fifth year at the firm.  She has asked for a meeting to discuss the firm’s path to partnership.  Your partners recently had a meeting about “keeping the keepers” so you want to be ready.  Here are five questions you may have to answer.

COACHING FOR LAWYERS: TRANSFORMING EMOTION TO ENERGY IN MOTION

By Bithika Anand

World over, one-to-one coaching is a highly effective method used for achieving better performance. While coaching has been an extremely popular concept across the globe, in India coaching for lawyers has started to gain importance over the last few years. Keeping in mind this recent growth of coaching for lawyers in India, this article aims to discuss how coaching for lawyers can be a catalyst to their growth and evolution through the stages of career transition while also promoting workplace confidence, wellness, resilience, and mental strength.

Results of the 2020/2021 Edge International Global Remote Working Survey Part 1: The Data

By Jonathan Middleburgh

I am delighted to publish the results of the Edge International 2020/2021 Global Remote Working Survey. This is the first part of a two-part review of the results. In this part I am sharing the results.  In the second part, I – together with Gerry Riskin – will be suggesting some practical conclusions that can be drawn from the results, which should inform how leaders manage remote working post-pandemic.

A Talent Take on Law Firm Rankings

By David Cruickshank

American Lawyer Top 100 rankings are announced.  Headlines like “30% Profit Increase at Firm Despite Pandemic” appear.  And “rumored expensive deals” for lateral partners get favorable attention for the acquiring firm.  This drumbeat from the legal press about “top firms” is supposedly a proxy for excellence in law firms, law practices and excellent individual talent.  But are these the best measures to help a client or a job-hunting professional decide to choose a “top” firm?

Move the Goalposts and Make Prospect Risk Aversion Your Friend

By Mike White

Whether you’re a strategy consulting firm or a law firm, “difference in kind” persuasion requires big “goalpost moving”- you’re going to need to get prospects to look at their problem and the opportunity fundamentally different from the way they are likely looking at it when they present it to you. If you “move the goalposts” you win; if you allow them to lazily accept the framing they brought with them before talking to consultants you likely won’t win.