How to Hold Onto Your Lawyers

Years ago, when lawyer attrition started to reach alarming rates (which for some reason we are more complacent about now), Catalyst in the US conducted research to determine why so many female lawyers were leaving the profession.  Not that only female lawyers were leaving; that was simply the focus of their research. They found that [...]

Akrasia: The Silent Killer of Success

Many lawyers don’t have a productivity problem, they have a discipline problem. Here’s how to overcome it. Ancient Greek philosophers focussed on understanding how the mind and body works developed special words to describe unique human states.   For example, the word “Akrasia” refers to the state of knowingly acting against one’s best interests. It’s that [...]

By |2019-01-28T09:58:43-05:00August 3rd, 2016|Career Management|0 Comments

Dealing with Under-performing Partners

Very few partnerships are operating at full throttle.  Most have a lawyer or two who are performing under expectations.  This blog offers suggestions for fixing this issue. There are many possible reasons for declining productivity: An area of law may become commoditized, often resulting from excessive competition; A lawyer may let too much time go [...]

By |2019-01-28T09:58:47-05:00April 28th, 2015|Career Management, Coaching|0 Comments

How to Stop Good People From Leaving

It doesn’t matter how much money the professions spend on programs to keep their people – good people are still leaving in droves.  We need a change of strategy. Professional services attrition rates are atrocious, in two ways.  First, far too many professionals leave a firm before or in the early stages of partnership.  For [...]

Re-inventing Yourself

We know in our gut when we need to make a change; but we don’t always have the guts to make that change.  This post offers words of advice for those who need to embrace change. A large component of my executive coaching practice is working with highly intelligent, capable professionals on identifying and overcoming [...]

By |2019-01-28T09:58:48-05:00February 6th, 2015|Career Management|0 Comments

My Year In Review

I thought I’d start the New Year with a case study and lessons learned.  Those who have followed this blog had read countless articles here on the importance of strategic planning, strong implementation, results reporting and analysis.  Some readers might not be aware of this but 2014 was actually the first year of my consulting [...]

By |2019-01-28T09:58:48-05:00January 9th, 2015|Career Management, Coaching|0 Comments

Be the Stone

My last post of the year focuses on how to feel greater personal accomplishment in a way that can also profoundly and positively affect the life of everyone around you. We consider success the achievement of certain goals.  Those goals vary, but society tends to assess our success based on financial goals.  These are gauged [...]

By |2019-01-28T09:58:49-05:00December 19th, 2014|Career Management|0 Comments
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