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Can You Be Too Nice?

To most of us, courtesy and consideration are almost second nature. However, Michael Fertik — founder of reputation.com — says that when we assume a leadership capacity, being “too nice” can actually be detrimental to our organizations. In a guest blog for the Harvard Business Review, Fertik says: Many yield to [the instinct to be … Continue Reading

E Is for Effort

In a May 2014 article for Inc. (Magazine), Jason Fried warns would-be employees that simply submitting a well constructed resume detailing impressive credentials is not the best way to get a job with his company. Fried, who is is the co-founder and president of 37signals, a company that builds web-based productivity tools such as Basecamp, … Continue Reading

What can law firms do when a partner underperforms?

    In his newest book, Tackling Partner Underperformance in Law Firms, Edge International partner Nick Jarrett-Kerr addresses a highly sensitive issue that has faced nearly every law firm at one time or another: What do you do when one of your partners is not pulling his or her own weight? In preparation to write the … Continue Reading

The Edge International 2012 Global Law Firm Partner Compensation System Survey

“There is a significant difference among countries in what law firms take into consideration in setting partner compensation.” – The Edge International 2012 Global Partner Compensation System Survey   ‘   “There is a significant difference among countries in what law firms take into consideration in setting partner compensation.” –  Edge International 2012 Global Partner … Continue Reading

A Low-Paid Corner — Stripping Pay and Prestige from the Practice of Law

According to NYT journalist, Catherine Rampell, in her May 23, 2011 story: At Well-Paying Law Firms, a Low-Paid Corner,   Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe,  WilmerHale and McDermott Will & Emery are "creating a second tier of workers, stripping pay and prestige from one of the most coveted jobs in the business world". Catherine goes on to … Continue Reading

Recovering from information overload (McKinsey Quarterly)

All of the Managing Partners with whom I work are devoured by their "multitasking work environments".  "Recovering from information overload" (McKinsey Quarterly, January 2011) authors Derek Dean and Caroline Webb have succinctly laid out their take on the problems and solutions: Problems (multitasking): slows us down, hampers creativity and makes us anxious and it’s addictive) Solutions … Continue Reading

Attorney at Work Delivers Daily Ideas for Lawyers

I am honoured to be in the esteemed company of the publishers and advisors of Attorney at Work that promises “One Really Good Idea Every Day” There is no cost to subscribe and the ideas will flow starting in January. I recommend that you subscribe now Congratulations in particular to my long time friend, Merrilyn Tarlton who … Continue Reading

“Do, Don’t Say !” Seth Godin simply nails it.

Sorry for offering the punchline in the title… but Yoda would be so proud (of Seth Godin) Extract from Seth Godin’s blogpost: Won’t get fooled again  If you catch yourself making a promise that’s been made before, stop. Don’t spend a lot of time and effort building credibility with this sort of promising, because it … Continue Reading

Finding Success in a Global Paradox (Keynote ALPMA Sydney 22 Oct 2010 — Password Protected — registered participants only)

  Download by clicking on image or HERE  Registered participants were provided with Password in session.… Continue Reading

Would you associate these powerhouse law firms with “Quality of Life”?

Top 10 recipients of associates’ seal of approval: 1.    Ropes & Gray 2.    Williams & Connolly 3.    Morrison & Foerster        4.    Fitzpatrick 5.    Shook, Hardy & Bacon 6.    Hughes Hubbard & Reed           7.    Jones Day 8.    Davis Polk 9.    Paul, Weiss 10.  Skadden, Arps View the entire 2011 Vault Law Firm Quality of Life Rankings. … Continue Reading

Think Pink ! Motivators More Powerful than Money (revisited)

This clever animation may reinforce Dan Pink’s message from his new book Drive.  Compensation has been the tool of choice in law firms to reward good performance, punish the absence of it and drive change. You will not want to believe what you are about to hear and see…  ask yourself why? If you are … Continue Reading

Edge International Review Winter 2010

We are very proud of our latest Edge International Review.    For a complete downloadable version (or just the articles you want) click on the cover or go to EdgeInternationalReview.com If you have any questions , comments or suggestions, please shoot me a note. (You can also check out our Edge International web site at Edge-International.com)… Continue Reading

Motivators More Powerful than Money?

I believe in capitalism and free enterprise.  I have a business degree before law.  My practicing years were spent helping clients increase their profits… managing partner years helping my partners increase theirs.  You’ll get no socialistic psychobabble from me. I encourage you to assimilate the compelling evidence that increasing compensation in the hope of enhancing performance actually backfires.  … Continue Reading

The Art of Laying People Off

  PUNCHLINE:  (yes, I’ll start with it) Managing Partners: I don’t think you should downsize now unless you absolutely have to.  It’s a rough world out there – you should have cut the underperformers a long time ago.  BUT, if you HAVE TO, if you MUST, then learn from one of the most successful and business savvy people out there, Guy Kawasaki – read The … Continue Reading

30 Tips for Getting Along With Others

Many of my law firm clients tell me that one of their biggest "people" problems is that some people just don’t work well with others – why?  because they don’t always get along. Enter a brilliant post by Marelisa Fabrega (lawyer/blogger/woman-extraordinaire) called 30 Tips for Getting Along With Others You might want to get Marelisa’s … Continue Reading

“How the ‘Cravath System’ Created the Bi-Modal Distribution.”

Law Professor William D. Henderson (click on photo for bio) Managing Partners and law firm H.R. Executives should contemplate the meaning of Indiana University School of Law’s Prof. Bill Henderson’s post: "How the ‘Cravath System’ Created the Bi-Modal Distribution." Professor Henderson builds on the work of NALP (The National Association for Law Placement®, founded in … Continue Reading

Diversity – Call To Action (CTA) Summit

General Mills’ Roderick Palmore According to Roderick Palmore, executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance and risk management officer at General Mills Inc: "The statistics speak for themselves.  They say our progress in the profession has been disappointing." Attention Managing Partners: More than 100 general counsel executives of Fortune 500 companies and managing partners … Continue Reading

“economically-irrational” associate salaries hit ceiling

The Wall Street Journal has a post called: Big-Law Associates Facing 2008 Salary Cap by Dan Slater. Here is a key paragraph from that post from which my title was derived: "We called around to firms to find out whether associate salaries, called economically-irrational in some quarters, have finally (or, at least, for now) hit … Continue Reading

New York Times suggests top law firms seem absolutely irrational

Here’s the actual quote:  Lawyers are smart, but this herd mentality seems absolutely irrational, economically speaking — and not because the compensation is too high. The top law firms have been stuck in copycat mode for years. As soon as one of them raises salaries for associates, the others fall in line almost immediately. Later … Continue Reading
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