• On the Hot Seat: Five Must-Haves for Today's

    December 01, 2016 |

    Over the years, the structure of law firms has shifted from a geographical to a practice group model. Rather than placing leaders in each geographical office, law firm practice group leaders have more power. As law firms have evolved in size, reach, and complexity, so too has the need for seasoned e

  • At the Intersection: How to Fail at Collaboration

    December 01, 2016 |

    For firms or teams with historically non-collaborative cultures (and that describes 99.9% of them), this "whole collaboration thing" has become a huge annoyance, an attempted interference with "how we've always practiced law." For these folks, the challenge is thorny: Convince everyone that their cu

  • Compensation Remains One Of the Most Important Decisions for A Law Firm

    December 01, 2016 |

    Part One of a Two-Part Article

    With associate compensation dominating the headlines over the past several months, partner compensation has managed to slip under the radar. This isn't particularly surprising, however, given how uncomfortable discussions regarding partner pay can be f

  • The Evolution Continues: Coaching in Law Firms

    December 01, 2016 |

    The evolution of coaching within law firms is continuing, expanding, and taking on new and diverse forms within law firms. External coaches are being hired by firms to address an ever-wider variety of general and specific attorney performance and development goals. And an increasing number of firms

  • Your Merger

    December 01, 2016 |

    A Marriage of Convenience or Convergence?

    Despite the high failure rate of mergers, a record 91 mergers took place in 2015. Perhaps the high failure rate is due, in part, to a failure to pay attention to the emotions of the people who are affected. Mergers, and even the integration

  • Retiring Boomers Pose Big Challenges For Firms

    November 01, 2016 |

    The boomer generation — 75 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 — and a tiny cadre of over-70s Silent Generation lawyers currently make up just under half of partners at Am Law 200 firms. As partners with the greatest seniority, they constitute a majority in the equity and management ranks,

  • Partner and Millennial Associates' Performance Expectations

    November 01, 2016 |

    "They don't want to work!" It's an all-too-familiar refrain uttered about associates of the millennial generation. As more and more millennials enter the workforce these generational clashes will continue. What can be done to bridge the gap and why should you care?

  • How to Be a Great Mentor to Associate Attorneys

    November 01, 2016 |

    Mentorship is a key element of associate engagement and retention. While most law firms have formal and informal mentoring programs, not all firms give explicit instructions on how to be a good mentor to junior attorneys. Here are some tips that can prepare you to be a great mentor to the associates

  • AI and the Law

    November 01, 2016 |

    The Paradigm Shift Hits the Fan

    AI — artificial intelligence — and its relatives: digital research engines, "bots" and other automatons, have made their beachhead in the legal profession, and it really looks like this is gonna change everything.

  • At the Intersection: 'Get a GRIP' on Collaboration

    October 02, 2016 |

    While Google's People Analytics Division has been able to spotlight some prerequisites for a climate of collaboration, it has not defined practical action steps for implementing effective collaboration. So all across the legal profession, frustrated leaders' voices continue to ask, "What exactly do

  • Executive Presence

    October 02, 2016 |

    Lawyers who exhibit "executive presence" are more likely to make partner, to gain clients' trust and loyalty, and to receive referrals from others. This article discusses what executive presence is and how you can learn it.