A Contingency Recruiter Swings Back

As turnabout is fair play, Legal Week has posted a rejoinder to the piece I commented upon earlier critiquing contingency recruiters.  It’s written by (surprise) a contingency recruiter, as the original piece was written by a retained-search recruiter....

Your Firm’s Single Most Useful Website (Or Is It?)

In the Paleolithic Era of the Internet, one of my favorite destinations was "Really Useful Sites."  Here one found an updated-daily list of sites where one could actually accomplish something—from an online thesaurus to (shock and awe!) being able...

Re-Evaluating the Associate Lockstep

Is there another profession or business that adheres to the "lockstep" promotion of new hires and apprentices (a/k/a associates)?  Certainly no Fortune 500—nor Big Four firm, nor management consultancy, ad agency, architecture firm, etc.,...

“Great Groups” and “Obsessive Brio”

Regular readers will know that Warren Bennis, the USC business professor and Chairman of Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, is IMHO one of the few people in the world who actually has anything to say about leadership.  (OK, Jim Collins of "Good to...

IT 101

What’s on the minds of major law firms’ IT directors?  LegalWeek did a survey and the results are sometimes predictable and sometimes not. For example, "resiliency" of the network ranks first, followed by data security.  But what are...

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. ...
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