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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 […]

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 […]

Navigating the Uncertainty of Running a Law Firm

Becoming Comfortable with Uncertainty in Your Law Firm

Jul 18, 2019

I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but if you are running a law firm and you’re looking for a life of job security, you are in the wrong business. I’m not saying you can’t or won’t become wealthy. I’m simply saying if you’re going to succeed in this business, you must learn […]

How to Keep the Golden Rule in Your Law Firm

Applying the Golden Rule to Your Law Firm’s Marketing, Recruiting and Management Practices

Jun 27, 2019

“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you.” –Matt. 7:12, NASB   The Bible verse quoted above forms the basis for what we call the “Golden Rule.” Another way of wording it: “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” Considering how the legal profession has been […]

How to Nurture Millennials Who Work at Your Law Firm

Coaching Millennial Employees at Your Law Firm—New Rules for a New Generation

Jun 20, 2019

Whether intentional or not, the generation known as millennials (born between 1981-1996) have had an unfortunate stigma attached to them. Many employers typically presume that young adults in their 20s and early 30s today are soft, overly sensitive, unmotivated and entitled—a combination of helicopter parenting and the Great Recession. However, while this new generation definitely […]

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 […]

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 to Market to Higher-Paying Clients for Your Law Firm

Aiming Higher: How to Market to Your Aspirational Clients

Apr 19, 2019

Every law firm—and for that matter, every business—can identify two basic types of clients. We have our bread-and-butter clients, the basic clients who help us keep the lights on month after month; and we have our aspirational clients, the higher-dollar clients we’d like to have more of. Most of us have plenty of bread-and-butter clients. […]

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 […]

Lessons You Can Learn from Bad Client Experiences

Learning from Your Worst Client Experiences in the Best Possible Way

Feb 7, 2019

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey   We’ve all had them. No matter how much we might love what we do, we can all usually think of one or two clients that made our job feel like a nightmare—far more trouble than they were worth. A bad experience with a client can steal […]

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