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People Management

Five Steps to Increase Esprit de Corps in Your Law Firm

In French, esprit de corps means “spirit of the group.” It refers to the camaraderie that inspires each individual to work toward the group's shared success. Esprit de corps is the heart of a healthy law firm — it represents the passion, support ...

Elizabeth Ferris - June 1, 2018
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What Does the Future of Diversity Hold for Law Firms?

The Legalweek 2018 sub-conference Legal Diversity and Talent Management featured speaker panels from various sectors — law firms, companies, startups, bar associations and government. Being surrounded by legal innovation and discussions of the ...

Michelle Silverthorn - February 16, 2018
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Addicts Can Be High-Functioning: What Lawyers Need to Know

They say, “work hard, play hard.” Unfortunately, this adage may normalize workplace behavior that can be very dangerous. In fact, a 2015 study found that workaholics are more likely to drink in excess than their peers. At many major firms, ...

Eric Webber - December 14, 2017

Five Steps to Winning the Hiring Wars

Winning the talent war is one of the most important ways that an organization can make more than incremental change in a relatively short period of time. In his book, “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others ...

Steve Nelson - November 4, 2016

Firm Festivities? Don’t Make It a Drink Fest!

I’m often asked by friends and clients alike: “What advice do you have for holiday or end-of-year parties?” The first thing that comes to mind is "Don’t get drunk!" — but if you do, have a designated sober driver or use a car service to get home ...

Michelle Lee Flores - November 2, 2016
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Five Ways to Drive Your People Crazy

Work can be stressful. Sure, sometimes you really enjoy your work, particularly when things are going your way. And, of course, you know the things you can do to reduce and manage your own stress levels. (Don't you?) But is it possible that you ...

Merrilyn Astin Tarlton - June 24, 2016

My Secretary Is Absent a Lot

Question: My secretary is sick and absent from work a lot. Yet I need someone here every day to help me. What can I do? If your assistant is missing in action more than you like, you can find yourself in a ...

The Editors - January 25, 2016

Dull Marketing Copy? How to Manage the Editing Process

Writing and editing marketing copy — for a brochure, proposal, website, whatever — can be a high-wire act. If there's more than one lawyer in your practice, you know it's true: Make editing a group event, and it becomes a management nightmare. ...

Susan Kostal - November 12, 2015
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Experience Is the Best Teacher

When it was all over, I took a few days off. When I returned, the managing partner wanted to see me. I entered his office ready to be fired. It was the first big case I had led, and there had been quite a few problems.

Otto Sorts - October 1, 2015
Leadership

Honing Your Humility: An Antidote for Big Egos

I often begin leadership workshops by asking this question: What do you most look for and admire in a leader, someone whose direction you would willingly follow? What one word would you use to describe him or her? I’ve received hundreds of ...

Mark Beese - September 9, 2015