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A practice group leader calls the head of the professional development department and says, “My practice group needs a team-building workshop.” It would be easy to gather team-building materials, run off to the nearest fancy resort and conduct a half-day session in an effort to create a cohesive work group. Unfortunately, training as a solution is most likely a perceived need rather than a legitimate one. A legitimate training need is when a person or persons do not know how to perform a task, lack a skill or are missing knowledge. These are remedied by training. More often than not, the issue is not a training matter, but rather an outcome of poor management or lack of proper procedures.
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By Scott Flaherty, Chris Johnson, Meghan Tribe, Roy Strom, Miriam Rozen and Lizzy McLellan
With the new year upon us, law firms have just been through the typical year-end crush of collections, budgeting, compensation decisions and more. The authors recently took a look at 2017's hottest trends, and explored what we could expect from them in 2018.
By Vivian Hood
Although the current news cycle is a barrage of negative situations, the silver lining is that they offer law firms a wealth of teachable moments about the importance of preparing for and responding to a crisis situation.
By Michael P. Maslankammaslanka@fordharrison.com
A Different Perspective
Here are five ideas that lawyers can learn from the military. They just might work for you and your firm.
By Daniella Isaacson
Data-Driven Research by ALM Intelligence Suggests Three Reasons Why Gender-Diverse Partnership Fails
It is now common knowledge that female headcount within the ranks of Big Law partnership, both equity and non-equity, has held steady for the past few years at around 20%. The obvious question is, why?