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How Black Swan Events Can Upend Plans to Start Your Law Firm

Black Swan Events Part 2: Preparing for the Unexpected

Oct 14, 2019

We previously discussed “black swan events”—highly disruptive events that are unpredictable before they happen—and how such events might throw your law firm plans into jeopardy. What, if anything, can you do to prepare for a black swan event so it doesn’t kill your dream if/when it happens?   Preparing for the Unexpected   The obvious […]

How Black Swan Events Can Upend Plans to Start Your Law Firm

Black Swan Events Part 1: How a Black Swan Event Can Upend Your Law Firm

Oct 10, 2019

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”—Robert Burns, ‘To a Mouse’ Every so often, some cataclysmic event reminds us that we live in a world of endless variables and unpredictability. No matter how well you plan for your law firm, no matter how much you prepare, there’s always a chance something […]

The Key to Creating Great Content for Your Law Firm

One Powerful Rule for Creating Content for Your Law Firm

Sep 30, 2019

When trying to grow any kind of business in the 21st Century, the phrase “Content is king” is something of an understatement. In a world inundated with messaging from competing sources, entrepreneurs must produce a steady stream of high-quality content in order to educate their market and maintain brand awareness. Your law firm is no […]

Get More Done with Focused Work versus Long Hours

Quality Over Quantity: Why Focused Work Beats Longer Hours

Sep 19, 2019

There’s no getting around it: Starting and running your own law firm is going to take hard work. A lot of it. Especially at the beginning, a standard “work day” for you may not look anything like the typical 9-to-5. That said, I would caution you that there’s a difference between focused hard work and […]

Using Zero-Based Thinking to Improve Your Law Firm

How Zero-Based Thinking Can Help You Run Your Law Firm Better

Sep 12, 2019

Ever heard of zero-based thinking? It’s a term that floats around business meetings, motivational conferences and self-help programs—and with good reason. Zero-based thinking has the potential to help you make better decisions in pretty much every aspect of your life—including your law firm. News flash: We all make mistakes. It’s statistically inevitable. We’re constantly tasked […]

Difference Between a Sellable Law Firm and Just Being Your Own Boss

Building a Sellable Law Firm (Versus a Glorified Job for Yourself)

Jul 25, 2019

Lawyers who start their own law firms generally take one of two approaches to doing so. With the first approach, the attorney seeks to build a law firm that is sellable, focusing on the overall success of the firm. With the second, the attorney basically starts the firm for the purpose of being his own […]

Why Many Lawyers Are Terrible Writers

Common Terrible Writing Habits Many Lawyers Develop–and How to Fix Them

Jul 5, 2019

As attorneys, we are trained to pay close attention to the letter of the law. We must analyze wording thoroughly and choose our own words meticulously when writing legal documents. While this practice helps make us better lawyers in general, if we’re not careful, it can also cause us to develop some bad writing habits […]

The Science Behind Gut Intuition when Running a Law Firm

When to Trust Your Gut Intuition When Growing Your Law Firm

Jun 7, 2019

No matter how experienced you may be, either in practicing law or running a business, you’re bound to find yourself in uncharted waters from time to time. You’ll face a difficult decision where it’s nearly impossible to predict the outcome of each options. Or you’ll be presented with an opportunity that looks good on the […]

How to Get Your Team to Buy In to New Procedures

How to Ensure People in Your Law Firm Actually USE Your Systems, Processes and Procedures

May 30, 2019

If you’ve tracked with me for any length of time, you know that one of the key strategies I promote for law firm growth is to automate as much as possible. Anything repetitive (read: mind-numbing) work that can be done automatically, set up a system and process so it can run in the background. There […]

Tips to Inject More Humanity into Your Law Firm

How to Bring More Humanity into Your Law Firm

May 23, 2019

The unfortunate reality of our business is that the public often see lawyers as a necessary evil—someone they sometimes need but don’t really like or trust. The stereotype of attorneys as soulless, ruthless and unscrupulous has been reinforced in our culture by countless courtroom dramas—and unfortunately, also by some real-life bad actors. To grow your […]

Why You Need Good Mentorship to Grow Your Law Firm

The Importance of Finding the Right Mentors to Grow Your Firm

May 16, 2019

“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” — John Crosby “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” — Isaac Newton   If you had the opportunity to ask most successful people in the world about the secret to […]

How Fake Work Steals Our Productive Time

How Much “Fake Work” Are You Giving Yourself and Your Team?

Apr 30, 2019

“The most dangerous way to lose time is not to spend it having fun, but to spend it doing fake work.” –Paul Graham  Do you frequently come away from a long day at the office feeling exhausted but still wondering what you actually accomplished? Do your team members feel the same way? It’s a common […]

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