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How to Build a Business Development Culture

Law firms face all kinds of problems when they try to cultivate a business development culture. The guiding principle for overcoming these obstacles is to find strategies that lawyers can get excited about. People are more willing to be engaged in projects that are interesting and exciting. Here are ten tips for building a business development culture.

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Law firms face all kinds of problems when they try to cultivate a business development culture. Many lawyers are not interested in business development. They’re usually busy and they’re probably earning a comfortable living. So the need to develop business doesn’t seem pressing. Even more significantly, a lot of lawyers hate the idea of selling. In their minds, it evokes images of being pushy, invasive, sleazy, manipulative and needy. Many lawyers are skeptical about their ability to generate business and so they are reluctant to invest time or money. And they don’t like sharing relationships, so are unwilling to support cross-selling or internal business development.

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