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. ...

The Courage to Say, “I Don’t Know”

When one thinks of a "leader," traits that come to mind are decisive, resolute, and firm—as opposed to confused, doubtful, or uncertain.  The inimitable Warren Bennis begs to differ.  What’s needed most in an era of accelerating...

“The Difficulties Will Argue for Themselves”

Are lawyers by nature poor leaders?  This leadership coach thinks so.  The counts of the indictment: Leaders take risks; lawyers are notoriously risk-averse. Leaders are deeply curious, and listen more than they talk; sound like any lawyer you’ve met...

Drucker Distills It All

Some people are legendary for a reason, among whom I count Peter Drucker on management. If you only read one thing today, this should be it.  Eight practices, one rule. Pithy, pointed, and...

Should You Be Holding a Monthly Press Conference?

A recurrent theme in the managerial literature surrounds the pitfalls and difficulties encountered when a line manager moves up to a "CXO" level position and must simultaneously shed the comfortable involvement with the day-to-day "transactional"...

Is Your CFO Like a 747 Pilot?

All of us have peeked inside the cockpit of big, modern, commercial aircraft and, if you’re at all like me, you see every available square inch covered with dials, knobs, toggle-switches, and warning lights, and you wonder how on earth the pilot keeps track of...
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