The End of Leverage?

More so of late, but for some time, we’ve been harboring the suspicion that the glory days of the high-leverage model are over.  Could we be seeing the end of leverage? Of course, many management fads fashions tend to come and go, which is why we at Adam Smith, Esq.... read more +

Michael Eisner or Michael Dell?

Law firms have the reputation of being—from an internal perspective—more "command and control" organizational environments than the typical corporation. Please, don’t get defensive:  What Fortune 500 has "classes" of... read more +

Ask Sally: She’ll Know

First off, let me admit I feel a bit self-conscious ("self-referential" might be more apt) about this post, but I decided not to let that stop me from pointing out what I think could be a truly valuable wrinkle on the utility and purpose of... read more +

Good Work is Its Own Reward. Not.

Do you know who your key clients are?  That is, the clients whose loss would seriously affect your firm’s economics?  I sincerely hope you do, and mine is not to preach the importantce of what I hope is a self-evident key "metric" for your... read more +

The Innovator’s Dilemma

Booz-Allen’s Strategy + Business might appear an odd source for counsel on law firm management, but sometimes it helps to do a little mental stretching and try to imagine how concepts developed around consumer packaged goods, apparel, and healthcare, might apply... read more +

Secretaries Live in Word, Lawyers Live in Outlook

Thinking of building or updating your firm’s on-line "portal?" Can we start by just defining our terms?  What is a "portal," after all, and what strategic objectives is your firm trying to achieve? According to this article in Legal IT,... read more +

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