“La Republica,” one of the two leading business/finance papers covering Colombia, saw fit to publish a couple of pieces last week around my breakfast talk with local law firm leaders at the delightful Gun Club in Bogota last week. First was a day-before teaser announcement and the day after my talk was a more substantive piece.
The links go to Google Translate’s finest effort to convert the originals from Spanish to English, but editorial clarity has suffered a bit going through the sausage machine. True:
- I did talk about what the most successful firms around the world are doing to outperform their peers, including
- running the business of the firm in a business-like way,
- being a distinctive destination (a “go-to” firm for X),
- hiring and listening to and getting out of the way of sophisticated business professionals,
- being intentional and strategic about client intake, and
- engaging in purposeful and serious succession planning.
I also talked about the frankly unwelcome, but manageable, consequences for “local hero” firms which can ensue when the outside world discovers their cozy markets.
Otherwise, as they say, “you had to be there.” So, next time, I hope many of you can be!