Category : Discipline

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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Why the Physical Environment at Your Law Firm Matters

Jul 23, 2018

A desk, a phone, a computer, a door, restroom access, filing cabinets. When you’re starting out as a lawyer-entrepreneur with a limited budget, you may be satisfied renting any office space with these basic items, regardless of the physical environment. But is your office welcoming, or dingy and claustrophobic? (Images come to mind of Jimmy […]

Debunking the Myth that Hard Work Makes You More Productive

Does Working Harder Make You More Productive as a Law Firm Owner?

Jun 21, 2018

We only have so much energy for our work, for our relationships, for ourselves. A smart person understands this and guards it carefully. —Ryan Holiday   If your law firm isn’t yet producing the profits you want, your natural impulse might be to work harder—put some more “muscle” into it, so to speak. But does […]

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Working “In” Your Law Firm vs. Working “On” It

Jun 14, 2018

It’s remarkable how changing one small word can deeply change the meaning of a sentence or phrase. In this case, the difference between the smallest of words—“in” and “on”—can make the difference between success or failure for almost any small business, including law firms. Many entrepreneurial lawyers get buried in the busy-ness of the day-to-day […]

What They Don’t Teach You in Law School

4 Things They Don’t Teach in Law School—But Should

May 10, 2018

A question for you lawyers: How many of you felt like law school didn’t properly prepare you for actually being an attorney? (Hands up everywhere.) Law school is great for teaching us the principles of law in a theoretical environment (not to mention fulfilling a requirement for passing the Bar)—but as with so many professions, […]

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The Wisdom of Saying Goodbye to Problem Clients

Mar 22, 2018

Provocative thought of the day: You’ve got some clients you don’t need. It’s okay to say goodbye to them. In fact, it very well may be necessary to your success. What? you might be thinking. Clients mean money! Why should I say goodbye to money? Ever hear of the Pareto Principle, otherwise known as the […]

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The Skill of Chewing Glass: What Entrepreneurial Lawyers Can Learn

Mar 1, 2018

A friend of mine said running a start-up is like chewing glass and staring into the abyss. After a while, you stop staring, but the glass chewing never ends. —Elon Musk   This quote from noted entrepreneur (and forward-thinker) Elon Musk is worth “chewing on” in its own right. Essentially, the analogy refers to how […]

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3 Lessons Your Law Firm Can Learn from the Bitcoin Gold Rush

Feb 22, 2018

When the value of the crypto-currency Bitcoin went up 1000 percent last year—peaking last November at $20,000—a lot of people kicked themselves for not buying in sooner. The following month, some of those same people were kicking themselves again… when their $20,000 Bitcoin lost half its value within days. The volatility of virtual currencies like […]

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The Power of Mastermind Groups for Entrepreneurial Lawyers

Feb 2, 2018

No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind. -Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich Eighty years ago, author Napoleon Hill first unveiled his notion of the “mastermind group” in what would become his classic Think and Grow Rich. His mastermind concept […]

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