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...
The WSJ Law Blog (which has a new
editor, by the way) featured an article yesterday on clients' increasing unease with paying for the work of first-
and second-year associates .
I've seen this change building for
some years now, in my work...
Yesterday I noted the issues
raised by a WSJ piece on clients looking askance at paying going rates for
first- and second-year associates .
There are really only three ways to
resolve this issue, beyond, of course, extending the status quo:
Most people, especially those outside
the technology industry 1 , think very highly of Apple.
What would your law practice look like
if your clients felt that way about you?
Some practices already get rave client
reviews; these firms are proving...
This is the fifth in a week-long series of articles about plans and planning, collected as Planning Week.
The U.S. military (and various other armed forces) has the concept of Commander's Intent. Any (battle) plan needs to be accompanied by the...
I saw an ad today for a university-sponsored
legal project management 1 course for in-house counsel.
I checked out the instructors, figuring
that a reputable university would of course engage one of the specialists in this
area. In this case I assumed...
Some project managers lead
successful projects by working well with the members of their team, their
business partners/clients, and so on.
Actually, most successful project
managers are successful because they know how to work with people. Sometimes...
The city/county/state is doing a major rebuild of the streets leading to the Interstate exit closest to my house in Seattle.
My office is in my home, and when I travel I take another road to the airport, so I get to see the road construction once every...
Movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn (the G in MGM) once responded to a suggestion: "In two words: im possible." 1
I can describe project management in two words.
Too many people, including project managers, think they can describe it in one.
First up in Planning Week is German military strategist Helmuth von Moltke.
"No battle plan," he sagely noted, "survives contact with the enemy."
When your plan meets the real world, the real world wins. Nothing goes as planned...
Today's NY Times describes how Ford's designers went "back to the drawing board" to tune the controls on their new cars.
They didn't use drawing boards. That was the first big step. They used video games and paper mock-ups and...
Do you remember what football games on TV used to be like in the days before Roone Arledge, Howard Cosell and Monday Night Football?
They were boring if you weren't a dyed-in-the-wool football fan, especially if the game wasn't close.
(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...
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...