“Unsustainable Trends Tend to Come to an End”

The American Lawyer is out with its annual survey of AmLaw 200 leaders and they are, as Aric Press succinctly puts it, "a confident bunch."  And why shouldn’t they be?  The heck with 9/11 and the heck with the 2000 bubble melt-down:  88%...

The Ineffability of “Best Practices”?

Rees Morrison, a longstanding observer of all matters law and business, opines that vis-a-vis in-house law departments, at least, there is no such thing as management by following "best practices," because they simply do not exist. To buttress his thesis, he...

Be Careful What You Wish For

What enterprise software market is growing 15%/year and is expected, if anything, to accelerate in the next few years?  If you answered, "Sarbox compliance app’s," guess again:  They grew far more than 15% in the last couple of years but...

Your Managing Partner vs. Your Executive Director

It has long seemed to me that the corporate-land debate over whether the CEO and the Chairman should be one person or two mirrors the law-land debate over the relationship between the Executive Director (or equivalent) and the Managing Partner.  On the premise...

“Modern” = “Dumbing Down?”

A trend emerging, I believe, from the competitive landscape is that the AmLaw 100 are "pulling away," competitively, from the AmLaw 101-200.   So when a star among the "second 100," like Boies-Schiller, misses a calendar deadline that goes all...

Human Capital Management

The Holy Grail of assembling the most potent and effective team for a client matter is, simply put, to have the right people in the right place at the right time.  Wal-Mart (and other companies like Toyota) have achieved this with inventory and supplies; what...
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