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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Practical Practice Management Skills:A Case Study of Time Management Conflicts

Posted in Assessments, Client Service, Communication, Conflict, Management
One of the more interesting client assignments we have had involved a small practice group in a middle-sized firm on the West Coast.  The firm charged us to find out what was "wrong" with the group and "fix"it or, if it couldn’t be fixed, the firm was going to dump the whole group. When we arrived… Continue Reading

Emotional Intelligence At Work–The Crux of Hiring and Promotion

Posted in Assessments, Business Development, Client Service, Coaching, Communication, Conflict, Decision-Making, Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Management, Mentoring, Professional Development, Recruitment, Risk Management
In a new CareerBuilder survey of more than 2600 hiring managers and human resource professionals nationwide, 71% said they value emotional intelligence in an employee more than IQ and 34% said they are placing even greater emphasis on emotional intelligence when hiring and promoting employees post-recession.  And 59% said they would not hire someone who has a high IQ… Continue Reading

The Unhappy Lawyer

Posted in Compensation, Retention, Work Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance
According to the recently released 2011 Associates Survey, third- through fifth-year associates billed the highest number of billable hours in 2010 since 2007, working more than two extra weeks (80 billable hours, or a total average of 2,037 hours) compared to the 1,975 average  hours billed for 2009.  Which may account for the fact that the average firm composite score in terms of associate… Continue Reading

Liability for Lack of Lawyer Oversight?

Posted in Client Service, Compensation, Risk Management
A recent malpractice suit filed by a client against  McDermott Will & Emery places the spotlight on the challenges posed to firms trying to more efficiently process work that doesn’t require high-powered lawyering.  The client, J-M Manufacturing, the world’s largest plastic pipe manufacturer, claims that McDermott failed to adequately supervise contract attorneys, which resulted in 3900 documents being disclosed that were… Continue Reading