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TRAINING & TECHNOLOGY

Proof of tech skills: Everybody’s doing it!

By Jay Stromberg bio When it comes to professional upward mobility, it’s looking like assessments are where it’s at. According to a recent article in TechCrunch.com, even LinkedIn is getting into the assessment game. “LinkedIn, the social networking service for the working world, is today taking the wraps off its latest effort to provide its users with better tools for presenting their professional selves, and to make the process of recruitment on the platform more effective. It will now offer a new feature called Skills Assessments: short, multiple-choice tests that users can take to verify their knowledge in areas like computer languages, software packages and other work-related skills.” In some ways, the legal industry is ahead of this curve. Ever since the American Bar Association updated their Model Rules in 2012 to include technological… . . . read more

TRAINING YOUR ATTORNEYS

“I thought you had the baby!” “I thought YOU did!”

By Jay Stromberg bio Sorry about my alarming headline, but I thought it was the perfect analogy for a topic I want to discuss today. If you’re a parent, you have likely experienced this terrifying moment: You and your spouse look at each other and realize that you both assumed the other one was in charge of the kid(s). A mad scramble ensues and, hopefully, your cherub is playing happily in the backyard. I honestly think this is very similar to what happens in law firms that need to train attorneys and staff to use new technologies: No one wants to be responsible for demanding that attorneys advance their skills. So, no one talks about it and no one takes responsibility. And when attorneys refuse to learn, their secretaries will… . . . read more

WORKING WITH ATTORNEYS

How to set a plan for associate development that actually works

One area no firm can afford to ignore is associate business development.
The firm’s future depends on how well the younger attorneys are developed and…


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RISK MANAGEMENT

4 bad financial habits that may increase your policy premiums and your malpractice risk

Ineffective billing and collections practices affect more than the bottom line. They ultimately may determine what the firm has to…


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INCREASING PROFITS

How to pay the partners

Is your compensation system driving away the talent you need to grow? What approach did your firm take when establishing its partner compensation plan? It’s likely you chose…


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HIRING

Step by step guide to successful lateral hiring

Attracting a lateral hire requires more than sending out a request for resumes.
To find the candidate it wants, the firm has to decide on the specific qualifications it…


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MANAGING STAFF

Want to jump ahead of the competition? Get everybody aiming for the same thing

No matter what the business, the winning players are always organizations with a motivated and productive workforce…


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FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

A guide to understanding financial data

Law practice owners, especially those operating smaller firms, tend not to be super-knowledgeable about…


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MARKETING

7 ways to make your firm stand out among your competition

The competition for clients is fierce and law firms are marketing heavily, says marketing expert…


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BLOG

5 ways high-performance organizations make meetings effective

By J. Elise Keith  bio
Every organization has to figure out how to make meetings productive. It’s a complex challenge. To be effective, each meeting needs to…


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