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Integrating Strategic Planning and Strategy Execution

By Nick Jarrett-Kerr

Professional service firms are typically littered with uncompleted strategic projects, failed initiatives and strategic plans that have remained in a drawer (or a computer file) almost as soon as written. It has often been observed that professionals are better at ideas and planning than in putting those plans into reality by means of effective implementation. 

From Partnership to Prosperity

By Gerry Riskin

Some new partners will deceive themselves into dismissing the importance of collateral skills on the grounds that the only issue for a good lawyer is technical expertise.I contend that such expertise is necessary but not sufficient. Those who ignore skills do so at their peril—and risk joining the under-appreciated, who mutter how unfair clients can be.

INTEGRATION OR DISINTEGRATION, THAT IS THE QUESTION

By Leon Sacks

Firms can easily lose the focus on integration, an intangible asset, while they are busy dealing with the tangible issues of day to day operations, developing business, serving clients and controlling finances. It is better to manage integration than recover from disintegration.

Partner Teams – the benefits, the challenges and why some partners don’t like them! (PART TWO)

By Sean Larkan

Too often, partners with specialties do not train successors in that area of work, do not introduce their clients to team lawyers in an organised, structured way and when they retire the ‘cupboard is often bare’ i.e. no real succession has been provided for in regard to skills transfer, personnel or key clients. Legal staff are left in a melting pot of uncertainty as to workflow, quality of work, coaching, feedback and whether an interest will be taken in them or their work and progression in the firm. This results in lowered self-esteem, potential is not realised and lower productivity and sometimes departure results.

5 Compensation Issues to Review at Reopening

By David Cruickshank

We all hope the tide will come back shortly after reopening. A candid review of your crisis response and tweaks to your compensation will demonstrate leadership and stability.