Category Archives: Leadership and Management

How Associates Can Cope Better with Stress

Partners will admit that the level of lawyers below them has, in many ways, got the tougher role. After all, Associates are not yet the masters of their own destiny. Studies done (see Barry Oshry’s work at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3243038-in-the-middle) suggest that … Continue reading

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Dealing with the Four Leadership Contradictions Facing Mid-Levels

On the leadership programmes I run for various firms, advice is given by representatives of each firm which often appears to be contradictory. I’m keen to shed light on a potential way forward for mid-levels who may be confused. Typical … Continue reading

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Great Bosses Don’t Tell People What to Do – They Coach!

There’s a simple process for doing great coaching. It’s called the GROW model. GROW is an acronym standing for Goal – Current Reality – Options – Wrap Up. The model is a simple yet powerful framework for structuring a coaching … Continue reading

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How to Find Passion in Your Work

Ask yourself: How much do you love doing what you do? For most of us there’ll be some bits we really don’t enjoy (admin in my case!), but ideally there’ll be many aspects of our role that make our heart … Continue reading

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David and Goliath – The Potential Advantages of Smaller Firms

  If you find yourself competing against a much larger competitor, be encouraged. They have weaknesses! Just as Goliath did against David! Part of the challenge for the mega firms is that they don’t easily see their weaknesses. Consider an … Continue reading

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Here’s to a More Fulfilling 2017!

What will 2017 bring? Well, it has to true that if you approach the year in the same way as you did 2016 you’re highly likely to get similar results. If you didn’t find 2016 a positive experience, full of … Continue reading

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How to Improve Practice Group Profitability

Do all the practice groups in your firm make an adequate margin? If not, what is being done to address the deficiency? I’ve been involved in several projects which have looked at how to improve profitability. Here’s my proposed approach, … Continue reading

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