Category : Brain Food

Biggest Law Firm Management Trends of the Past Decade (Part 1)

Dec 5, 2019

This December marks the end of the 2010s, which makes it a perfect time to take a quick look back at where we’ve been, as well as where we’re going. The advances of the past decade in particular have had a dramatic impact on how we practice law and how we serve our clients. Before […]

Tips for Dealing with Employee Distraction at Your Law Firm

Distracted Employees at Your Law Firm? Here’s How to Help Them Focus

Nov 18, 2019

Workplace distraction is the bane of the modern office—and chances are your law firm is no exception when it comes to distracted employees. According to a study by Udemy last year, 70 percent of employees claim they are regularly distracted in the workplace, and more than half of employees said they aren’t as productive at […]

How to Respond to Negative Online Reviews of Your Law Firm

Do’s and Don’ts of Dealing with a Bad Online Review of Your Law Firm

Nov 14, 2019

The good thing about the Internet: You have instant access to a wealth of information at your fingertips. The bad thing about the Internet: People can say whatever they want, even if it’s untrue or unfair. Fact: If you stay in business long enough, sooner or later someone is going to post a bad review […]

The Right and Wrong Ways to Set Goals for the 2020s

Goal Setting for Your Law Firm in the 2020s: Best (and Worst) Practices

Nov 12, 2019

The end of the year can a key time for firms like yours to evaluate past performance and set new goals for the upcoming year. It matters even more because we’re coming up on a new decade, not just a new year. To keep your law firm on the path toward success, you should be […]

Setting Aside Time for Deep Work for Your Law Firm

The Importance of Doing “Deep Work” for Your Law Firm

Oct 28, 2019

If you’ve never read Cal Newport’s book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, I highly recommend you take the time to do so. Newport defines “deep work” as “Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit.” That’s a fancy way of saying […]

Signs that Building a Law Firm Is Not for You

Key Indicators that You Should NOT Be Building a Law Firm

Oct 24, 2019

Not to be a Negative Nancy here (er, Bummer Bob?)…but let’s share a difficult truth: Building a law firm isn’t for everyone. Furthermore, that’s okay. Not every attorney has to own their own firm, nor should every attorney feel pressured to do so. Building one’s own firm offers unique advantages, to be sure—but if entrepreneurship […]

Tips for Breaking out of Ruts with Your Law Firm

Stuck in a Rut with Your Law Firm? Some Common Causes and How to Fix Them

Oct 17, 2019

Have you ever been in a place with your law firm where nothing is particularly wrong, but something just doesn’t feel right? You’ve got a good client load, those clients are happy and paying on time, the office is running smoothly…so what’s missing? Welcome to the club. You’re officially in a rut with your law […]

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 […]

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