People Management


Practice Management

Sharing Bad News with the Office

By | Jun.04.15 | 1 Comment

No one likes to deliver bad news. But things happen, and when they do it’s important to let those around you know. In your law office, failing to share bad news at the appropriate time …Continue reading »


Ask the Experts

Can You Be a Better Boss?

By | Feb.25.15 | No Comments

Question: From a firm administrator’s perspective, what could a lawyer do to be a better boss? Sharon Abrahams: Lawyers are saddled with one of the most important jobs related to the supervision of their administrative staff: providing …Continue reading »


Managing

Support Staff Makes Your Bacon

By | Dec.08.14 | 3 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. We don’t work together, though — because that would …Continue reading »


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, for …Continue reading »


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. What’s the best way to get …Continue reading »


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 …Continue reading »


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 and the lawyer she works for is just going …Continue reading »


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 …Continue reading »


Ask the Experts

Law Firm Dress Code Too Much Trouble?

By | Jun.09.14 | 1 Comment

Question: With the warm weather, the annual “what to wear” debate is underway at our firm — and it’s probably time to update and enforce a dress code policy. Do most law firms have a dress …Continue reading »


HOT OFF THE PRESS

Sponsors Are the New Mentors, Especially for Women

By | Jan.15.14 | 1 Comment

Ida Abbott’s provocative new book gives men everything they need to sponsor — not merely mentor — professional women for leadership roles. Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know is hot off the press and …Continue reading »