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Monthly Archives: February 2009

Five Great Things About the 2009 Depression

Posted in Profitability
OK, the news has been relentlessly bleak these past few weeks– Black Thursday followed by just as black Monday through Friday.  To keep things in perspective, here are five great things about the 2009 depression: 1. You don’t have to worry about keeping up with the Joneses or the Cravaths… They’re not up either. 2. Remember how… Continue Reading

Women of 2008: Their Accomplishments and Their Discontents

Posted in Culture, Leadership, Management, Professional Development, Profitability, Recruitment, Retention
How did women in the spotlight fare in 2008? Here’s a sweeping and eclectic review of women in business, politics and law–Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Governor Sarah Palin, Caroline Kennedy and Michelle Obama, among others–before the year is too far behind us.  Plus an interesting commentary on how we perceive each other. Women in Business A New CEO Record. A January 4, 2009… Continue Reading

Mistresses of the Universe

Posted in Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Management, Professional Development, Risk Management
In a February 8, 2009 New York Times op ed column entitled "Mistresses of the Universe," Nicholas Kristof notes that senior staff meetings of Wall Street types resemble “a urologist’s waiting room” and suggests that "Wall Street could use an infusion of women as well as cash."  Having more women in financial services might counter some… Continue Reading

Fearing Fear

Posted in Professional Development
What happens to our ability to make good decisions going forward when we and all the world are gripped in fear of what we might lose (or already have lost)? Gregory Berns, director of the Center for Neuropolicy at Emory University, makes a good case in a recent New York Times article for the profound… Continue Reading

Muir Lectures on Improving Management Decision-Making

Posted in Announcements, Business Development, Compensation, Conflict, Culture, Decision-Making, Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Management, Mentoring, Profitability, Recruitment, Retention, Risk Management, Succession
On February 18, 2009 Muir will lecture students at Northwestern University’s Business Institutions Program on how to improve management decision-making. Based in part on the article "Promoting an Effective Board or Management Group," the discussion will explore, among other subjects, optimal personality traits for good decision-making, constructing effective teams and avoiding extreme decisions.… Continue Reading

More Diversity for the Diverse

Posted in Culture, Leadership, Management, Mentoring, Professional Development, Recruitment, Retention, Risk Management, Work Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance
A 2008 ABA Journal survey, with reponses from more than 1400 women lawyers, produced some interesting results as to who they prefer to work with.  Of the 42% of women who expressed a preference in the gender of colleagues, that preference was different depending on the age of the respondent.  Female supervisors age 40 and over preferred… Continue Reading