Second Class Treatment?

Monica Bay, the incomparable editor of my favorite new publication, Law Firm Inc., leads off this month with a call for firms to start identifying their senior business-side managers (Executive Directors, COO’s, et al.) on the firms’ websites.  One...

Why Good Strategies Go Bad

When it comes to high-end strategic advice, McKinsey is the gold standard.  But opining on what good strategy looks like is not sufficient to explain the remarkable, and enduring, ubiquity of bad strategy—even, it must be said, among McKinsey clients. What,...

“Accounting Irregularities = Sell?”: Not So Fast

Is it too early to say what impact Sarbanes-Oxley is actually having on quarterly earnings reports? Not according to the famous money manager Jim Cramer [trivia fact: he’s a Harvard Law grad]. He believes the compliance landscape has drastically...

“We Are Functioning Well [But]…”

Maybe an attractive culture will only get you so far.  That, at least, seems to be part of the message of this story about management and strategic changes at Philadelphia’s Ballard-Spahr. Perhaps the biggest change to management is that they will formally...

The Recruiting Outlook for 2004

When does what a "retained" recruiter do for you cross over from head-hunting to quasi-management consulting?  (Think:  Acquiring a practice group or moving into a new city.) And what about the trend towards more and more professionalization of...

you too could be a rainmaker

Born or made?  Saying some partners are better at generating business than others is platitudinous:  But now some firms are actually trying to do something about it, by hiring sales trainers.  Forgive me, I meant to say, "executive...
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