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Steve Jobs, Teamwork, and Legal Project Management
Posted on 18 Oct 2011 by Steven B. Levy

Jonah Lehrer writes in Wired and The New Yorker about Steve Jobs using architecture to inculcate teamwork when he took over Pixar. He insisted that Pixar's headquarters be designed so that disparate groups of employees were forced to come together... Read More

Can Lawyers Learn From Best Buy?
Posted on 17 Jan 2012 by Steven B. Levy

Larry Downes in Forbes has an article on the decline and (they presume) fall of Best Buy . Other than the hagiography of Amazon.com, 1 there are some very interesting points in the article. Before you read it, though, consider what you think intuitively... Read More

How Dumb Is the Pointy-Haired Boss?
Posted on 1 Sep 2011 by Steven B. Levy

Scott Adams and Dilbert regularly ridicule management, usually represented by the pointy-haired boss, or PHB. Over the many years Adams has been drawing the strip, he's certainly found plenty of targets for ridicule. Many of them have struck... Read More

A Lesson in Leadership from Aon’s Litigation Counsel
Posted on 8 Nov 2011 by Steven B. Levy

Mark Herrmann, Chief Litigation Counsel for Aon, writes about his first 360 review here . A 360 review is common in many corporations for mid-level and senior managers. An HR consultant (usually) helps you map your self-assessed strengths and weaknesses... Read More

Legal Project Management by another Name
Posted on 8 Sep 2011 by Steven B. Levy

Jay Shepard has an interesting post today at Above the Law where he talks about the need for partners to teach associates to be future partners . He lists seven things a teaching partner should do to strengthen the firm for the future: Be... Read More

The Hobgoblin of Foolish Consistency
Posted on 2 Nov 2011 by Steven B. Levy

(I should have posted this yesterday, when hobgoblins were out and about in the neighborhoods. And the first half wanders far afield before returning to project leadership concepts. You can skip the intro and jump right to that point .) I was working... Read More

Project Leadership and Motivation
Posted on 23 Jan 2012 by Steven B. Levy

What does science know about motivating employees that businesses too often ignore? That's the topic of an 18-minute talk by (nonpracticing) lawyer Dan Pink . He frames it as an argument to the jury of the audience. In this 2009 talk, he describes... Read More

  • Blog Post: How Dumb Is the Pointy-Haired Boss?

    Scott Adams and Dilbert regularly ridicule management, usually represented by the pointy-haired boss, or PHB. Over the many years Adams has been drawing the strip, he's certainly found plenty of targets for ridicule. Many of them have struck home with workers and bosses alike. I thought...
  • Blog Post: Legal Project Management by another Name

    Jay Shepard has an interesting post today at Above the Law where he talks about the need for partners to teach associates to be future partners . He lists seven things a teaching partner should do to strengthen the firm for the future: Be consistent. Share the whole picture. Provide...
  • Blog Post: Steve Jobs, Teamwork, and Legal Project Management

    Jonah Lehrer writes in Wired and The New Yorker about Steve Jobs using architecture to inculcate teamwork when he took over Pixar. He insisted that Pixar's headquarters be designed so that disparate groups of employees were forced to come together for certain functions. He insisted on a large...
  • Blog Post: The Hobgoblin of Foolish Consistency

    (I should have posted this yesterday, when hobgoblins were out and about in the neighborhoods. And the first half wanders far afield before returning to project leadership concepts. You can skip the intro and jump right to that point .) I was working on some slides when I noticed that PowerPoint...
  • Blog Post: A Lesson in Leadership from Aon’s Litigation Counsel

    Mark Herrmann, Chief Litigation Counsel for Aon, writes about his first 360 review here . A 360 review is common in many corporations for mid-level and senior managers. An HR consultant (usually) helps you map your self-assessed strengths and weaknesses against those defined by your manager(s)...
  • Blog Post: Can Lawyers Learn From Best Buy?

    Larry Downes in Forbes has an article on the decline and (they presume) fall of Best Buy . Other than the hagiography of Amazon.com, 1 there are some very interesting points in the article. Before you read it, though, consider what you think intuitively is Amazon's core advantage over Best Buy...
  • Blog Post: Project Leadership and Motivation

    What does science know about motivating employees that businesses too often ignore? That's the topic of an 18-minute talk by (nonpracticing) lawyer Dan Pink . He frames it as an argument to the jury of the audience. In this 2009 talk, he describes the science of motivation, which is fairly...