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Analytics can make your firm more profitable and more competitive

  • September 21, 2017
  • James Careless

Successful managers have always used information gathered from past results to inform future decisions. “Analytics” takes that good business practice a little deeper, makes it a little more systemic, and produces results for the managers who pay attention to the conclusions it draws.

The challenges inherent in assessing firm leader performance

  • September 21, 2017
  • Patrick J. McKenna

Managing partners can have a list of job duties a mile long, but chances are pretty good they won’t have a job description. And chances are even better that there’s no mechanism within the firm to let them know how they’re doing.

Set your people up to succeed – every last one of them

  • September 21, 2017
  • Sandra Bekhor

A law firm exists to serve the needs of clients, no question. But it is also an employer of staff with their own needs and goals. The latter needn’t get lost in the service of the former – in fact, when done right, having staff who are encouraged to be all that they can be can also be a boon for clients.

The law firm leader’s bookshelf: Wiser

  • April 20, 2017
  • Kim Nayyer

Kim Nayyer, a law librarian at the University of Victoria, reviews Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter, and finds it has much of interest to law firm leaders who want to improve their decision-making process.

Effectively navigating ethical pitfalls

  • April 20, 2017
  • James Careless

Just about every profession has them – the ethical pitfalls that can trip you up and ruin the value of your work. James Careless discusses how to navigate those traps, and talks with two presenters from an upcoming Skilled Lawyer Series webinar on the subject.

Strategy the key to getting things done on a firm retreat

  • April 20, 2017
  • Carolynne Burkholder-James

What does a retreat mean for your firm? A little team-building exercise, but not much more return on investment than a few rounds of golf? As with many things in life, Carolynne Burkholder writes, the secret to getting the most out of a law firm retreat is in the planning stage – setting goals and doing your due diligence.

Making the most of millennials in your law firm

  • September 28, 2016
  • James Careless

If you’ve heard about millennials in the workplace, chances are you haven’t heard anything good – they have a bad work ethic, they need constant reinforcement … that’s the usual message. But here’s another one – they’re going to be there after you’re gone, so something’s gotta give. James Careless provides some common-sense tips for finding a bridge across the generation gap.

The omega to the alpha: The key to effective project management

  • September 28, 2016
  • Kim Covert

When you’re setting out on a car trip, whether you use a road map or a GPS, you find your route by identifying where you are in relation where you want to be, and working out how to get from one spot to the other in the most efficient way for your particular requirements – whether that’s speed or scenery. You can think of project management as a road trip you take in the office.

Being a mentor – it’s good for you too

  • September 28, 2016
  • Carolynne Burkholder-James

Everyone knows it’s beneficial for young lawyers to have good mentors, but fewer talk about the vice-versa – that interacting with young lawyers is also good for the mentors. Carolynne Burkholder talks to mentors who’ve seen how that relationship benefits their own practices.

Finders keepers: Tips for holding on to your associates

  • April 12, 2016
  • Carolynne Burkholder-James

Within their first five years, 57 per cent of female lawyers and 49 per cent of male lawyers leave private practice, according to data collected by the Law Society of Alberta. Experts say the numbers are likely similar across Canada.