What If You’re Not the Alpha Male?

"Management all comes down to people." How often have we heard that, and how often is it honored in the breach? CFO Magazine writes that the knee-jerk assumption that everyone in each department (in this case, surprise, finance) wants to be promoted to the...

Take Me to Your Leader

"Leadership" is as elusive a concept as there is in business—not that that has prevented scores of writers spilling torrents of ink on it.  (The general form of the tautology in this management literature is:  It requires a great leader to...

Las Vegas and “Non-Obvious” Pattern Recognition

Is your firm facing a gnarly IT issue?  Such as securing client extranets, authenticating (virtual and real) visitors to privileged document repositories or firm financial and competitive information? Chances are that ways of dealing with the challenge...

The Envelope, Please…

The American Lawyer has published its "Corporate Scorecard 2003" ranking the top firms in a broad range of transactional categories from IPO’s (you guessed it—dead) to bankruptcy (also counter-intuitively quiet) to municipal bond issuance...

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...

How Not to Bid on an RFP (cont’d)

The Wall Street Journal picks up the story of the EDS/Navy outsourced-IT contract that has gone so horribly wrong. From a business perspective, it’s even worse than my original post on this (March 18) indicated.  Just as an example, if a serviceman...
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