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April 14, 2020

The curious paradox is that most law firms go to great lengths to look like every other law firm.  In fact the common response that you are most likely to elicit from the leadershi...

Addressing The Structural Issues That Impede Practice Groups From Achieving Higher Performance

If you are like many, for several years now you’ve been attempting to get your practic...

December 16, 2019

Pick up the firm brochure or visit the web site of most any professional services firm and you will see somewhere in the content, “We are acknowledged for our ability to find new,...

September 30, 2019

In accepting any new leadership position you are dealing with firsts.  And as with other firsts in life, where specifically you choose to invest your precious and finite leadership...

Hints of new emerging areas of opportunity are usually discernible years before they enter the mainstream.  For example, The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School...

March 20, 2019

New eBook from Thought Leader Patrick J. McKenna.

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The Challenge of Implementing Your Initiatives

I once heard it said that a consultant is like a seagull; they fly in from a...

February 27, 2019

Whenever I think about the effort that is required to go into implementing your firm’s strategic plan, I’m reminded of a particular business book title that grabbed my attention wh...

January 14, 2019

The recent announcement from Baker McKenzie that their global chairman would be taking a medical leave due to severe exhaustion took many by surprise.  But Paul Rawlinson is far fr...

November 26, 2018

At a recent gathering of firm leaders, while bemoaning the flat demand for legal services and the increasing power of clients, one discussion centered around metrics – financial an...

Many firms that have been involved in conventional strategic planning are failing to improve their ability to differentiate themselves, their competitiveness or their relative grow...

January 8, 2018

In a recent interview with W. Chan Kim, notable co-author of Blue Ocean Strategy and just released Blue Ocean Shift, I was struck by this comment: “What we found fairly early on in...

December 5, 2017

It’s hard to deny: clients today are particularly skeptical. So, one difficult challenge each of us as professionals face, is coming up with a convincing response to one critical q...

November 7, 2017

In a very recent announcement that caught my attention, the world’s pre-eminent consultancy firm. McKinsey, announced that it was commencing its procedure to “elect a new head.”  T...

November 3, 2017

When a firm leader’s departure is predictable, firms need to take appropriate steps to ensure a controlled and effective succession process that minimizes the inevitable ‘disruptio...

At a time when the demand for legal services is on a decline, the root of all successful strategy lies in being differentiated.  Your firm and your individual practice groups must...

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