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Monthly Archives: July 2009

The 7 Cs of Success

Posted in Leadership, Professional Development
What are the critical personal attributes for achieving success?  Shalom Saar, with an M. A. and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Administration from Harvard University, has the answer.  Saar is currently teaching leadership and management at MIT and serves as a visiting professor at the China Europe International Business School.  His clients range from mega-corporations to… Continue Reading

It’s Crunch Time: Do You Know Where Your Clients Are?

Posted in Business Development, Client Service, Communication, Law Departments, Leadership, Management, Productivity, Professional Development, Profitability, Risk Management, Teamwork
Now is the time to really get to know your clients. What are their budgetary constrictions?  What are their priorities for the next two years?   What do they want more of and less of from their outside counsel?  What keeps them awake at night?  Do you not only know the answers to all of these and other questions but are… Continue Reading

Sotomayor and Predicting Who Rises to the Top of the Lawyering Heap

Posted in Assessments, Diversity, Law Education, Leadership, Management, Productivity, Profitability, Recruitment, Retention, Work Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance
The recent 5-4 Supreme Court ruling on the New Haven Fire Department vocational advancement exam in Ricci v. DeStefano once again stirs the waters on the question of how to choose the best from among a crowd. (See our entry "The Outliers of Law–Embracing Heresy".) The "best" in this case was determined to be simply the highest scorers, even if… Continue Reading

MBTI: All Because of A Lawyer, or Those Mothers-in-Law!

Posted in Culture, Decision-Making, Diversity, Management, Professional Development, Retention, Risk Management, Teamwork, Work Satisfaction
Not only do lawyers score very differently from the rest of the population on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) (see Muir’s article "The Unique Psychological World of Lawyers"), but it appears that a lawyer was responsible for the development of the assessment in the first place.  According to the Center for Applications of Psychological Types, Inc.  (CAPT),… Continue Reading

Who is the Best and Brightest?

Posted in Assessments, Leadership, Management, Professional Development, Retention, Risk Management, Wellness, Work Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance
The Grant Study is an extraordinary longitudinal study undertaken in the late 1930s to shed light on "the urgent question of how to live well."  As participants, a group of 268 (male) Harvard College sophomores, including John F. Kennedy and Ben Bradlee, were chosen for showing particular promise. An article interestingly entitled "What Makes Us Happy?" in the June 2009 issue of the Atlantic… Continue Reading

Spotting and Repairing Critical Talent Breakdowns

Posted in Client Service, Coaching, Culture, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Management, Mentoring, Productivity, Professional Development, Profitability, Retention, Risk Management, Wellness
In the current stressful marketplace, the rate of lawyers’ incidence of impairment has been ratcheting up from high (see, for example, our September 5, 2008 entry "The Depression Demon Coming Out of the Legal Closet") to even higher.  See "Employment Woes Fuel Uptick in Lawyer Depression."  Firms suffer losses in productivity, morale and recruitment because of impaired lawyers, and… Continue Reading