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Support Staff Makes Your Bacon

By | Dec.08.14 | 2 Comments

My wife is about a million times smarter than I am. (No … 100 billion.) For my money, that’s the recipe for a successful marriage. I’m a lawyer; she’s a legal assistant.[...]

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Curmudgeon's Perspective

Senior Staff Performance — It’s Been a Long Time

By | Nov.11.14 | No Comments

I hired Pat over 30 years ago, and she has worked either with me or in association with me ever since. She never was a great legal secretary, but she's reasonably bright, loyal and[...]

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How to Handle Disagreements in the Law Office

By | Oct.01.14 | No Comments

Question: Do you have any recommendations for dealing with disagreements between co-workers? I don't mean just staff. Sometimes it is even an issue among the lawyers in our firm. W[...]

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The Pain of the Gain: 10 Steps to a High Growth Rate

By | Jul.28.14 | 3 Comments

It's unavoidable. If the goal you and your colleagues have set for your firm is a high rate of growth, you are going to be banging your heads against a wall every day. So it’s im[...]

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Best Way to Handle Staff Performance Problems?

By | Jun.30.14 | No Comments

Question: What’s the best way to deal with staff performance problems? It seems like attempting to work them out during performance evaluation discussions between an assistant an[...]

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Is It Senior-Lawyer Wisdom or Just Weariness?

By | Jun.16.14 | 3 Comments

Oh, I admit I was a little hard on my colleagues, but in my defense, their idea was an old one we tried years ago to no avail. Still, I guess they felt I was a bit harsh in the [...]

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