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Are Traditional Profit-Sharing Models the Enemy of Diversity?

By Neil Oakes

Methodologies for sharing profit among equity partners have been an interest of mine for many years. Some time […]

Charisma: The Quintessential Leadership Skill

By John Plank

Charisma separates great leaders from good ones Defining charisma What is it that enables leaders to establish an […]

The Path to Partnership in Small to Mid-sized Firms

By David Cruickshank

If you are a partner in a U.S. law firm with fewer than 200 lawyers, think for a moment […]

Tailored Talent Supervision

By David Cruickshank

While working with counsel at a top global firm recently, I asked them: “What is your best tip […]

Creating a Growth Structure from a Lockstep Mindset

By Mike White

It’s not often I stumble into mid-sized and larger firms that have successfully retained a compensation system that […]

The Changing Nature of “Leverage”

By Neil Oakes

Ten years ago, profitability was relatively straightforward: leverage, price and productivity, right? The more the better. Ten years ago, […]

Career Planning for Managing Partners

By Nick Jarrett-Kerr

Law firms often debate the advantages and disadvantages of professional managers as opposed to traditional lawyer managing partners. […]

Superstar or Renegade? Keeping Toxic Lawyers Out of Your Partnership

By Jordan Furlong

“Superstar employees are the obsession of the corporate world,” a recent article in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) begins. “They’re […]

Five Signs of “One Firm Thinking”

By David Cruickshank

Managing partners sometimes complain to me about the lack of collaboration and teamwork in their firms. Then they […]

Tall Poppy Syndrome and Origination Credit

By Ed Wesemann

Law firms talk a good game about sophisticated management but often, just when a firm reaches the verge […]