Tag Archives: Law Firm Leadership

Nurture Effective Leadership Where You Need It the Most

I was pleased to contribute an article entitled “Stealth Discrimination: A Model for Choosing and Managing Your Leaders” to the December 2017 issue of Edge International Communique. I developed the “Stealth Discrimination Model” several years ago to assist managing partners and others responsible for leadership in law firms who (like most of us) simply do … Continue Reading

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

New Leadership Models for the Creative Economy

I recently came across a fascinating video presentation by management expert, academic and author Gary Hamel. Hamel is a founder of Strategos, an international management consulting firm based in Chicago. In the video, Hamel notes that today, leaders often appear to be coming up short. This is not an individual problem, he says: it is … Continue Reading

Stop Over-Thinking!

When it comes to managing our law firms, including leadership and business development, we tend to apply our lawyering skills to the detriment of our organizations                       An article that recently appeared in Lifehack, "How to Stop Being an Over-Thinker" by Craig Harper, explains how … Continue Reading

It’s Not Just About Team Spirit: Great Managers Can Boost Your Bottom Line

    Considering the money law firms invest in every newly hired attorney, it would make sense for partners to pay closer attention to lawyer satisfaction. But according to Gerry Riskin, founding partner of law firm consultancy Edge International, "most firms are oblivious" to attrition costs. "That expense is unacceptable, yet firms have been accepting … 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

2012 Law Firm Strategy Lessons from the Apollo 13 Moon Mission

Your law firm’s success in 2012 may require considerable ingenuity under extreme pressure just as it did from the crew of Apollo 13 for their safe return to Earth. Apollo 13 was the third mission in the American Apollo space program intended to land on the Moon. The number 2 oxygen tank in the Service … Continue Reading

Angry Birds help with best practices in one of India’s most sophisticated law firms

I received this correspondence from Hoshedar Wadia, a partner in one of India’s most sophisticated law firms, Juris Corp.  This firm deals in matters that range up to the hundreds of millions of US dollars in sophisticated areas like Capital Markets, Structured Finance, Securitization and so on.  In the spirit of disclosure, I have had … 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

Around the World Speaking Tour (Gerry Riskin — Edge International)

SEPTEMBER 2010 September 24th, 2010 ADR Institute of Canada National Conference September 23-24, 2010 Plenary Session: Optimal Marketing for ADR professionals Workshop: Effective Marketing for ADR professionals Calgary, Alberta OCTOBER 2010 October 9th, 2010 Fordham Law School (for Prof Silvia Hodges) Guest Lecture: Law firm management: Strategy New York, New York October 14th, 2010 (with Nicole … Continue Reading

Welcome to Edge International, Pam Woldow !

My Edge International partner, Jordan Furlong, has done a nice welcome piece on Pam Woldow already (at his Law 21 blog) but I thought I would echo that Edge International is so very proud and delighted to have her on board. Also, thank you to friends who have joined us in congratulating Pam, like Valorem’s awesome founder, … Continue Reading

Will the Legal Profession Use the World’s First Temporal Analytics Engine?

I met virtually with Recorded Future this morning for a close up briefing of how their Temporal Analytics Engine might be used by law firms.  Firms who use this can better predict the needs of their own clients and prospective clients as well.   There is so much more that this technology can do if used effectively, … 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

SECURITY — a lucrative future-oriented practice area awaiting your firm

Greg George, Managing Partner of top security firm GTI Advisors Threat Management Practice Group has created a comprehensive due diligence report — among his many recommendations, he suggests that businesses consult a law firm  – is your law firm ready to answer that call?  SECURITY may be a lucrative future-oriented practice area awaiting your firm. … 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

Guru to the Gurus: David Maister

Nearly three decades ago, in the early days of Edge International, there was only one writer in the area of managing a professional firm that commanded our unqualified respect and attention. That was David Maister. “Managing the Professional Services Firm” is the Bible, according to many leaders of some of the largest professional service firms … Continue Reading

EXCELLENCE: 2 mins on “Don’t Fear Failure” with TOM PETERS

Tom Peters gave me the thrill of my life when he endorsed my book The Successful Lawyer.  I have revered this genius over his many masterpieces starting with In Search of Excellence and then so many more amazing literary, video and blogging contribution So, law firm leaders, as you think about excellence in 2010, enjoy this … Continue Reading

Law Firm Leadership Eye Openers

Take a few moments at the beginning of your next (executive, practice group, industry group, client team) meeting and watch this piece from Australia’s George and Margaret Beaton (Beaton research and Consulting).  They have been friends for a long time and not only built an amazing high end consultancy but have done it with panache … Continue Reading
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