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LPM’s Muir Cited Twice by NASJE

Posted in Announcements, Diversity, Emotional Intelligence
LPM’s Muir is honored to be cited twice in the June 2012 newsletter of the National Association of State Judicial Educators (NASJE), entitled "Judicial Balance: Lessons for Life and Law." The newsletter "helps you navigate the sometimes exhilarating and sometimes treacherous waters of being a judge, and makes it easier to find and enhance your fulfillment in serving… Continue Reading

Gender and Emotional Intelligence: Women Will Save the World?

Posted in Business Development, Client Service, Conflict, Culture, Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, Management
The Dalai Lama proclaimed at the Vancouver Peace Summit a few years back that "the Western woman will save the world."  Of course, he might have been a little heady over the company he was keeping there– Nobel peace laureates Mairead Maguire, Jody Williams and Betty Williams, Mary Robinson, the beloved Irish president and tireless human rights… Continue Reading

The Diversity Myth Revisited

Posted in Announcements, Diversity, Productivity, Recruitment, Retention, Work Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance
Muir’s entry "What Do Women Want? Challenging the Diversity Myth" was republished in June’s Law Practice Today, the monthly webzine of the ABA Law Practice Management Section. The article will also be used in the workshop at the ABA meeting this July, entitled "LPM Diversity and Inclusion Workshop: The New Look of Law Practice Management."… Continue Reading

Muir to Present Webinar on Emotional Intelligence and Lawyering

Posted in Announcements, Business Development, Client Service, Coaching, Communication, Conflict, Culture, Decision-Making, Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Management, Mentoring, Productivity, Profitability, Recruitment, Retention, Risk Management, Teamwork, Work Satisfaction
Ronda Muir of Law People Management LLC, Randall Kiser of DecisionSet, and Daniel S. Bowling III of Duke Law School will be co-presenting a Center for Competitive Management audio presentation on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 2pm EDT entitled "Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence." The presentation will cover the relatively new science of emotional intelligence, its relationship to… Continue Reading

Women Leaders and What Sabotages Them

Posted in Coaching, Conflict, Culture, Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Management, Mentoring, Professional Development, Recruitment, Retention, Succession
Are women really worth a damn as leaders? Or is the diversification effort–from those cozy women’s initiatives to the hard-headed firm strategies to avoid sexual harassment suits–simply political correctness writ large? There’s been a lot said from both sides of the aisle recently. And from some surprising corners. The Hay Group recently announced that, from a  series of in-depth interviews… Continue Reading

International Women’s Day: Women and the Paris Bar

Posted in Compensation, Diversity, Recruitment, Retention, Work/Life Balance
At first glance, you as a woman lawyer might be tempted to pull up stakes and take yourself to Paris: according to a report by the Paris Bar, after rapid increases in the number of female law graduates there over the last few years, the number of registered women lawyers now outstrips the men, the women start practicing… Continue Reading

Invalidating Work/Life Balance?

Posted in Culture, Diversity, Management, Mentoring, Productivity, Recruitment, Retention, Work Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance
This past August a court dismissed an EEOC discrimination suit against Bloomberg contending that the company had systematically discriminated against pregnant women or those who recently returned to work from maternity leave. The judge, New York district court judge Loretta Preska, saw the EEOC’s essential charge to be that  Bloomberg, as a company policy, did not provide work/life balance for its employees, which… Continue Reading

That Old Crying Feeling

Posted in Culture, Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, Management, Productivity, Risk Management, Work Satisfaction
The following entry won the BlawgWorld Pick of the Week. BlawgWorld is a free weekly email newsletter that links to the best articles on the Web for lawyers and law firm administrators.                                                         House Speaker John Boehner teared up when introducing two newly elected Republican congressmen during a closed party meeting on September 15th,… 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

Beauty Is As Beauty Does? Cashing In On Beauty

Posted in Assessments, Business Development, Client Service, Compensation, Diversity, Profitability, Recruitment, Work Satisfaction
Perhaps your mother’s adage about what makes for beautiful is not entirely correct.  It was recently announced that economists at the University of Texas-Austin analyzed data from five large surveys of more than 25,000 people conducted between 1971 and 2009 in the US, Canada, Germany and Britain and came up with what may or may not… Continue Reading

The Touchy, Feely Side of Successful Client Service

Posted in Business Development, Client Service, Communication, Culture, Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, Law Departments, Leadership, Management, Mentoring, Productivity, Professional Development, Profitability, Recruitment, Risk Management, Teamwork
The words being thrown around were trust, intimacy, empathy, vulnerability, honesty, transparency, communication, emotional intelligence, teamwork, forgiveness, feedback, collaboration, connectedness, courage, relationship-building.  It would be understandable if you thought that you had walked into a marital counseling conference or some new-age event.   In fact, the setting was Georgetown University Law Center’s March 9th conference entitled "Welcome to the… Continue Reading

Muir to Speak at Women Lawyers Alliance Annual Meeting

Posted in Announcements, Business Development, Client Service, Compensation, Culture, Diversity, Law Departments, Leadership, Management, Productivity, Professional Development, Profitability, Recruitment, Retention, Risk Management, Succession
Muir will speak on Law Practice in the 21st Century:  What It Means for You at the Women Lawyers Alliance annual meeting in Chicago on Friday, May 20.  Muir will review the massive changes that law practice is undergoing globally in this new century and what it means to individual lawyers and their law departments and firms in… Continue Reading

The Gay Man’s Perspective on Women’s Work/Life Balance Issues

Posted in Culture, Diversity, Management, Mentoring, Recruitment, Retention, Risk Management, Work/Life Balance
Will Meyerhofer is a lawyer who worked at Sullivan & Cromwell before chucking it and getting his MSW to become a therapist. He is also gay. He writes the blog The People’s Therapist and occasionally ties in issues relating to the legal community. His latest entry is about a recent podcast he did with the… Continue Reading

The Recession and Diversity

Posted in Client Service, Diversity, Profitability, Recruitment, Retention, Risk Management, Teamwork
Just a heads up on those initial reports that the recession has not impacted minorities and women in the legal profession.  The most recent data from a survey done by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association shows that fewer minority candidates are being hired and promoted, and they are leaving their jobs at a faster clip, while women seem to be holding their own. The number… Continue Reading

The GCs Speak Out

Posted in Client Service, Diversity, Emotional Intelligence
Over the last few weeks, GCs have used the opportunity to speak out from lecterns at various  events about what they expect from their outside lawyers.  Here’s a short collection with more to come. Diversity "No corporate law department ever hired or fired an outside firm because of their diversity despite all the noise about corporate diversity… Continue Reading

Does Associate Satisfaction Still Matter?

Posted in Diversity, Management, Pro Bono and Community Service, Productivity, Profitability, Recruitment, Retention, Work Satisfaction
The American Lawyer recently published its A-List, AmLaw’s "look beyond pure dollars to quantify the 20 most successful law firms."  What it "looks" at to make that assessment is revenue per lawyer, pro bono commitment, diversity and associate satisfaction.  AmLaw tips its hand about the continuing importance of dollars by double weighting revenue per lawyer, but also double weights,… Continue Reading

Diversity at SCOTUS and Beyond

Posted in Compensation, Culture, Diversity, Management, Recruitment, Retention, Risk Management
In addition to the factors we pointed out as relevant in evaluating the Sotomayor Supreme Court nomination, recent studies provide some additional insight into the impact of minority judges just in time for consideration of Kagan’s SCOTUS nomination. The ABA Judicial Division reported this spring on two studies conducted by the University of Pittsburgh School… Continue Reading

A Short History of the Disappearing PPP

Posted in Client Service, Compensation, Diversity, Management, Pro Bono and Community Service, Profitability, Retention, Risk Management, Work Satisfaction
Steve Brill, the initial publisher of The American Lawyer, some 30 years ago invented the AmLaw 100 and began reporting comparative financial figures for that group of firms. Surprisingly enough, firms submitted that information for him to publish, showing definitively how much money lawyers make on the backs of their clients. Unclear Payoff Why do private law… Continue Reading

Muir’s “The Diversity Myth” Published

Posted in Announcements, Diversity, Management, Productivity, Profitability, Recruitment, Retention, Risk Management, Work Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance
An article based on Muir’s blog entry "What do Women Want? Challenging the Diversity Myth" has been published in the ABA’s April 2010 webzine Law Practice Today. The issue focuses on effective diversity strategies in law practice management.  … Continue Reading

Muir to Lead Discussion on Lateral HIring and Integration

Posted in Announcements, Coaching, Communication, Compensation, Conflict, Culture, Decision-Making, Diversity, Ethics, Leadership, Management, Mentoring, Productivity, Profitability, Recruitment, Retention, Risk Management, Teamwork, Work Satisfaction
From 2:00 pm to 3:15 EST on Thursday April 29, 2010 Muir will lead an audio conference discussion hosted by the Center for Ccompetitive Management (CCM) entitled "Lateral Partner Hires: Selecting and Integrating the Best Fit for the Firm," centering on the issues associated with hiring and integrating lateral partners. A record number of lateral partner… Continue Reading

Georgetown Law School Center for the Study of the Legal Profession’s Conference — “Law Firm Evolution: Brave New World or Business as Usual?”

Posted in Assessments, Business Development, Client Service, Coaching, Communication, Compensation, Culture, Decision-Making, Diversity, Law Departments, Law Education, Leadership, Management, Productivity, Profitability, Recruitment, Retention, Risk Management, Succession, Teamwork, Work Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance
It was my great pleasure–something I don’t often say about a conference– to attend this invitation-only gathering last week, March 21-23, of both august and up-and-coming law industry professionals as they prognosticated the future of our practice and what that might in fact look like up close for a broad array of providers and clients.  While I will digest and relay over the… Continue Reading

Muir a Panelist at Women Lawyers Alliance’s Conference

Posted in Announcements, Business Development, Client Service, Diversity, Leadership, Management, Productivity, Work Satisfaction
Muir will be a panelist at the Women Lawyers Alliance’s (WLA) Inaugural Spring 2010 Conference: Rainmaking Equals Influence to be held May 13 and 14, 2010 at the Wyndham Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. The conference is designed to help women achieve their full potential and will focus on equipping them with the skills to help… Continue Reading

Muir to Advise in Patrick McKenna’s ENABLE Program

Posted in Announcements, Business Development, Client Service, Decision-Making, Diversity, Leadership, Management, Productivity, Profitability, Recruitment, Retention, Risk Management
Muir has been selected by Patrick McKenna (co-author of First Among Equals and Herding Cats) as one of a select group of law firm consultants available to advise law firm leaders under McKenna’s ENABLE program–Executive Network of Advisory Boards for Leadership Excellence, which McKenna describes below.  "Now, more than ever, being a Firm Chair or… Continue Reading