“Agile Working” and Office Design

Having spent last week in London, where every firm worthy of its PR news feed has at least mentioned “agile working,” it’s worth spending a few moments reflecting on what’s behind that shorthand. The phrase clearly embraces the notion of being able to work (well,...

Paralyzed? Snap out of it

“Never before has our future seemed so shrouded in fog and noise,” I’ve written, and discussed its paralytic effects on our decision-making. Comes now academic vindication of just how strong the effect is. But I’ve also dug up, from the same...

FT Innovative Lawyers/2013

The other night I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the FT’s Innovative Lawyers 2013 (US) awards ceremony at the New York Public Library’s main Fifth Avenue and 42nd branch. (The report was published here the next day in the paper, and you can...

A Conversation with Kate Fritz

One of the more unusual reactions I’ve gotten to “Growth Is Dead” came from Kate Fritz, Managing Partner of Fenwick & West, who I had the chance to talk to recently. Several people have taken the book’s title a bit too literally, but Kate...

Growth is Dead: Part 7-Psychology

At the end of our last piece, I asked aloud whether we as lawyers are intellectually and emotionally capable of adapting to the new market landscape, suggested that adapting would require experimentation and—yes—failure, and noted that countries and industries that...

PRIME/UK – Time for PRIME/World

Here’s a first for Adam Smith, Esq.:  I’m issuing a challenge to US law firms, and to others throughout the English-speaking legal world. The challenge is to create and sustain, on our side of the pond and elsewhere, an initiative to rival what leading UK...
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