Hard Conversations 101

One of the thorniest and most convoluted issues any leader has to deal with is telling senior-level underperformers that they’d be better off elsewhere. It calls on every skill in the manager’s trick-bag, from financial analysis to subtler cultural and...

“Entrepreneurial?” Really?

For years, I’ve been hearing firms describe their cultures as “entrepreneurial,” and I hardly paid the slightest attention. Like “collegial” or “collaborative,” it just seemed like so much white noise. Then finally I heard it...

The Credo Card

If you’re like me, you travel a lot. and you almost certainly have your own views of, and preferences among, the familiar roster of hotel brands, Hilton, Marriott, and Sheraton, but also at the high end Fairmont, Four Seasons, J.W. Marriott, and Ritz Carlton....

Checked your demographics lately?

Sometimes large changes break across the landscape like summer afternoon thunderstorms, seemingly coming from nowhere and definitely getting everyone’s attention: And sometimes they steadily and stealthily accumulate over time, perhaps without anyone ever...

For Our Readers in Asia

Actually, this is for all our readers, but for those of you in the Eastern time zone in the US, you’ll need to be up at 11:00 pm this coming Wednesday the 24th of July. This is what I’m referring to:  The LAWASIA Law Management Section has kindly set up a...

A One-Firm Firm or Legal Co-op?

Here’s Scenario 1: You’re in an executive committee or practice group or departmental meeting at your firm, and the question arises for discussion why one or a handful of your partners are engaging in activities which, from the firm’s overall...
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