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Monthly Archives: February 2008

Muir Conducts Associate Compensation Audioconference

Posted in Announcements, Compensation, Management, Recruitment, Retention, Risk Management
On Wednesday, March 12, 2-3:15 pm EST, Muir will be conducting an audioconference for the Center for Competitive Management on Associate Compensation: Remain Competitive Without Breaking the Bank.  Included in the discussion will be a review of current trends and out-of-the-box ideas for dealing with the impact of escalating associate compensation, how to find the… Continue Reading

Decorum, Virtue and Other Values in the Age of the Internet

Posted in Business Development, Communication, Culture, Leadership, Management, Professional Development
Law firms are often bedeviled by the on-line shenanigans of their young (and sometimes not so young), who can carelessly leave a footprint permanently in cyberspace.  While these irritations don’t often rise to the level in titillation value or PR devastation as some of the old-tech crimes perpetuated by errant employees/partners, like the Cravath tax lawyer who solicited children… Continue Reading

Muir Lectures on Group Decision-Making

Posted in Announcements, Communication, Conflict, Decision-Making, Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Management, Risk Management
On February 12, 2008 Muir is scheduled to discuss with students at Northwestern University’s Business Institutions Program how to improve decision-making.  Based in large part on the information contained in "Promoting an Effective Board or Management Group," the discussion will explore, among other subjects, optimal personality traits for good decision-making and how to avoid extreme decisions.… Continue Reading

The Mathematical Proof for Diversity

Posted in Books, Client Service, Culture, Decision-Making, Law Departments, Management, Productivity, Professional Development, Profitability, Recruitment, Retention, Risk Management
What’s the route to higher efficacy and productivity?  Might that be by staffing with "messy" groups?  So suggests a recent book entitled The Difference:  How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools and Societies by Scott E. Page, professor of complex systems, political science and economics at the University of Michigan.  Using mathematical modeling, Dr.… Continue Reading

Look Who’s Changing Now!

Posted in Compensation, Diversity, Management, Productivity, Professional Development, Profitability, Recruitment, Retention, Risk Management, Work Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance
Lawyers have been making it into the big-time news lately.  That is, not just into the AmLaw publications, where spots about closely-argued decisions vie for those on the merger of the month, but onto the front page of  the New York Times SundayStyles section in early January  ("The Falling Down Professions") and more recently the front page of the… Continue Reading