Elect Your Managing Partner? Not so Fast.

One of the themes I recur to here is the indispensable role of leadership, and the ineffability of what makes a great leader.  Occasionally a leader will simply "emerge" as the breathtakingly obvious choice, a sort of leader by acclamation (although...

One in Twelve of your Brethren at Risk?

Will 8% of all lawyer jobs be "outsourced" by 2015?  So Forrester Research would have it.  GE’s inhouse department claims to have already saved $2-million by putting eight lawyers and nine paralegals in Gurgaon, India.  So the...

Is “Strategic IT” Over?

Can IT no longer confer a competitive advantage? According to the well-publicized writings of Nicholas Carr, it no longer can.  Whereas American Airlines’ famous SABRE reservation system provided a true, and enduring, competitive advantage decades ago (and...

Blindingly Obvious (To Those Who Would See)

Reed Smith is launching what is, so far as I know, the first of its kind collaborative partnership with the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  Called "Reed Smith University" (RSU), the program is a customized "executive...

Your Sexy Tax Department

Tax advice as a secret weapon in beauty contests is a neglected strategy, according to this UK tax solicitor.  Of interest is her take that your tax department should be more than a transaction support function—an unexciting backwater full of competent...

What if the AmLaw 100 Were Managed Like the Fortune 100?

Can we all agree that "leadership" is an indispensable ingredient that can separate the truly exceptional firms from the wannabes?  Yes, thank you.  Now, can we define "leadership?"  I for one cannot, but I usually turn to my...
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