What if “None of the Above” Had Teeth?

After all the Sturm und Drang surrounding implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley, how "reformed" are corporate boards?  According to Ira Millstein, not very. How could this be?  Chalk up another one to human nature:  "My impression is that...

All CIO’s All the Time

What is the proper role of a CIO in a law firm (or in a large corporation)?  Too often, the answer is painfully unclear, and it reflects the "can’t live with it, can’t live without it" attitude many non-geeks have towards technology. ...

Strategy 101

If life is coming back into the economy, and if, in John Maynard Keynes’ famous phrase, the "animal spirits" of capitalism are about to be unleashed anew, the rising tide might promise to lift all boats. But according to this Strategy 101 article, the...

A Contingency Recruiter Swings Back

As turnabout is fair play, Legal Week has posted a rejoinder to the piece I commented upon earlier critiquing contingency recruiters.  It’s written by (surprise) a contingency recruiter, as the original piece was written by a retained-search recruiter....

“Great Groups” and “Obsessive Brio”

Regular readers will know that Warren Bennis, the USC business professor and Chairman of Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, is IMHO one of the few people in the world who actually has anything to say about leadership.  (OK, Jim Collins of "Good to...

Contingency Recruiters: What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Given that a law firm’s only meaningful asset is its people, I have long been mystified at the prevalence of "contingency" vs. "retained" recruiting.  At last someone agrees with me that this talent-seeking model is perverse. ...
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