Category : Discipline

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 […]

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 […]

Advantages of Having a Hobby Outside Your Law Firm

Why You Need Hobbies or Interests Outside Your Law Firm

Apr 16, 2019

If you’re anything like me—in the right ways, I mean—your law firm is what gets you out of bed in the morning. I don’t mean the responsibility of it; I mean the passion of it. Great attorneys eat and breathe the practice of law. It’s in their blood. And when things are working smoothly, a […]

Identifying What Works for Your Law Firm and Doing More of It

Key Rule for Law Firm Growth: Do More of What Is Working

Feb 21, 2019

A few weeks ago, I encouraged readers to close out the year by identifying their greatest triumph during the past year. (Hopefully you did so.) Here’s the reason I made that recommendation: One of the keys to growing a law firm—or any other business, for that matter—is to clearly identify the things that are working […]

Dos and Don’ts of Goal Setting for 2019

Establishing Goals for Your Law Firm in 2019: Goal-Setting Dos and Don’ts

Jan 24, 2019

As the new year comes upon us, one of the greatest gifts you can give your law firm is to establish some clear goals for 2019. A well-defined set of goals, according to Inc., gives you benchmarks to measure your success, helps you learn which actions help or hurt those goals, and gives your team […]

How to Learn Your Strengths and Weaknesses as a Law Firm Entrepreneur

Identifying Your Entrepreneurial Strengths and Weaknesses—Exercises to Try

Dec 20, 2018

If you spend any time with me, including reading my books or this blog, you’ll hear the mantra repeated over and over: Your law firm is first and foremost a business, and you need to run it as such. That makes you more than just an attorney—you’re also taking on the role of an entrepreneur. […]

What to Do and What Not to Do with Legal Interns

Onboarding an Intern for Your Law Firm: Dos and Don’ts

Dec 6, 2018

One particular advantage of running your own law firm: You’ll never have a shortage of eager law school students offering to help out as legal interns. When you do it thoughtfully and correctly, onboarding an intern for your law firm is a win-win situation. You get access to fairly cheap labor for those menial tasks […]

: Important Time Management Skills for Your Law Firm

Time Management 101 for Law Firm Owners

Sep 27, 2018

In running your law firm, do you feel like you’re burning the candle at both ends? Do you feel like the harder you work, the less you get done? You’re not alone—a lot of overworked attorneys share your plight. But the fact that this problem is common doesn’t mean it’s right. Much of your stress […]

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Doing LESS Can Make You a MORE Productive Attorney: Here’s the Science

Aug 29, 2018

In a previous post, we began debunking the notion that an overly busy attorney is a happy attorney—let alone a successful one. Lawyers who are too busy to enjoy life, by definition, are not enjoying life. The same holds true with any profession. Yet while productivity does lead to greater fulfillment, the science clearly shows […]

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It’s Crazy That Lawyers Brag About How Hard They Work

Aug 22, 2018

When you run into a colleague at a conference or networking event, how does the chit-chat generally go? Typically, it follows this basic pattern: “How are you doing?” “Super busy. You?” “Busy.” It’s not a myth. As the Chicago Tribune notes, the median work week for a lawyer is 50 hours, but over 40 percent […]

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