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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

Google's Watching You: The Good, the bad, the ugly
Posted on 9 Feb 2012 by Steven B. Levy

This morning Google announced a change in its privacy policy . I link to the Washington Post article about it because searching Google for "Google Privacy Policy" does not bring up Google's privacy policy as its first result!!! (Okay, it's... Read More

Comparing Your Law Firm (or Department) to Apple
Posted on 3 Nov 2011 by Steven B. Levy

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... Read More

Leadership: actions and words
Posted on 7 Nov 2011 by Norman Clark

In September and October 2011, our firm conducted a worldwide survey about law firm leadership, as part of our ongoing support of the Law Firm Management Committee of the International Bar Association . 374 lawyers participated, more than half of whom... Read More

Market leaders lead the market
Posted on 30 Nov 2011 by Norman Clark

When a group of law firm partners discusses significant changes in their respective firms, one of them will almost certainly say: "But no other firm in our market does this..." We have three responses that we ask our clients to consider... Read More

The challenges of change in managing lawyer careers
Posted on 23 Nov 2011 by Norman Clark

Our firm is currently advising several law firms about improvements to their career management policies and procedures. In some legal markets this has become a very important strategic issue - not just one of internal human resources management. In... Read More

Life after managing partner
Posted on 8 Jun 2011 by Norman Clark

The Lawyer reported this morning that Mark Walker, until recently the managing partner of Cleary Gottlieb in New York, has moved to Paris and into the world of finance as a senior advisor to the global sovereign advisory group at Lazard. One of... Read More

Business plans for gigantic canoes
Posted on 1 Jun 2011 by Norman Clark

For several months now, I and some of my colleagues in the Public and Professional Interest Division of the International Bar Association have been reviewing the business plans of the PPID committees and other entities. These groups range from very... Read More

Law Firm Staff: Overlooked Marketers
Posted on 8 Jun 2011 by Tom Kane

Most employees of law firms are in a great position to help in the firm's business development efforts - or help damage them. A lot of that depends on how they are treated, how much that love or hate their job, and are otherwise engaged in the... Read More

Use your quality assurance experts
Posted on 3 Mar 2010 by Norman Clark

The people who do the work are in the best position to improve it . This is the third in a series of posts about the characteristics of successful quality assurance programs in law firms. Many law firms assume that the installation of an effective... Read More

Most in-house counsel neither manage nor lead others – they do work
Posted on 9 Mar 2010 by Rees W. Morrison

Upwards of 80 percent of all US law departments have fewer than 10 lawyers. Even at the top of the range, assuming at least four or five direct reports to the general counsel, none of the other lawyers manage more than one or two lawyers and maybe they... Read More

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

Time to Update Your Partnership Agreement? A Diagnostic Checklist
Posted on 22 Feb 2010 by Norman Clark

As my colleagues and I advise law firms on governance issues, such as managing the growth of the partnership, partner compensation, or capital requirements, we and our clients sometimes discover that it has been many years since the partnership agreement... 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