Law Firm Culture


a curmudgeon's perspective

Dress for Excess

By | Oct.23.12 | 1 Comment

The other day, Oriella, one of the young legal secretaries, wore these sandal-type shoes with long leather straps wrapping up to mid-calf. I thought they looked pretty, and a little sexy, and remarked on them …Continue reading »


Taking Care of Yourself

You’re Being Bullied: Now What?

By | Sep.19.12 | 2 Comments

Yes, a law firm can be a pretty difficult place to work. You’ve gathered together and granted power to people with expensive educations in … well, winning. And that can be less than conducive to productive …Continue reading »


Take Care of Yourself

Are You Being Bullied?

By | Aug.30.12 | 1 Comment

A law firm can be a pretty difficult place to work. You’ve gathered together and granted power to people with expensive educations in … well, winning. In all of its various manifestations. In fact, most …Continue reading »


Law Practice Management

Don’t Tolerate Jerks

By | Aug.15.12 | No Comments

News flash: Jerks, it seems, are everywhere. Yes, it’s true, including in law firms. The ABA Journal’s recent  “No Jerks” piece, as well as Bill Cobb and Terry Conner’s “Why Should We Tolerate ‘Jerks’ in Our Law …Continue reading »


Professionalism

The True Meaning of Partnership

By | Jun.27.12 | 2 Comments

When I began consulting, it was my plan to focus on working with corporations. But one of the first calls I received was from the managing partner of one of the international accounting firms. When I …Continue reading »


Business Development

Ten Ways Small Firms Can Compete

By | Dec.08.11 | 4 Comments

Turbulence in the legal profession, and the business world itself, make these difficult and unusual times. The loss or consolidation of so many venerable law firms has altered the competitive landscape for firms of all …Continue reading »


Balance

Signs It Might be Time to Quit

By | Oct.19.11 | 1 Comment

How do you know when it is time to quit … your job, your client, your firm, your relationship, your diet—or even your dream? While many of us grew up to the tune of “quitters …Continue reading »


A Curmudgeon's Perspective

Hey, Old Guys!

By | Oct.13.11 | No Comments

There’s a scene in the movie “Men in Black” when Will Smith’s character tries unsuccessfully to get the attention of his bosses, and finally succeeds when he bellows “Hey, Old Guys!” That’s a familiar scene around my …Continue reading »


Collaboration

Take It From the Wonder Pets

By | Oct.10.11 | No Comments

I spend a fair amount of time watching my nephews and niece, ages six, four and two, respectively. They tend to cycle through the kids’ shows, but there’s one they keep going back to, time and again: The …Continue reading »


Innovation

Laffy Taffy or Hershey Kiss?

By | Aug.24.11 | No Comments

Innovation is the cornerstone of our economy. Finding new ways to do things, unique things to sell and better ways to sell them—that’s what it’s all about. How does this apply to your law practice? Just …Continue reading »