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...

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...

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,...

Corrupt CFOs Thrive in Small Town America

Improbable trivia quiz:  What do Adelphia, Tyco, and Worldcom have in common? Being headquartered in very very small towns:  Respectively, Coudersport, PA (pop: 5,390), Portsmouth, NH (pop: 21,000) and Clinton, Miss. (pop: 25,000). And according to no less a...

Rorschach Test on the Mommy Track

The Wall Street Journal front-paged a story today about the barriers women face in attempting to return to the workforce after having taken time off to be with their kids. Horror stories abound:  A woman who last was a prosecutor with the Manhattan DA’s...

Is JD/MBA An Oxymoron?

If the law is a business, should law school be more like business school?  This New York Law Journal article provides the full spectrum of perspectives on that question, making it either journalistically professional and even-handed or else a complete hodgepodge...
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