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Debra Baker

Rethinking Law Firm Growth: Moving from Bottom Line to Triple Bottom Line Success Metrics

The legal profession has had a pretty good run. Lawyers are busy and overall law firm economics are solid. After a decade of declining and flat growth, 2018 brought an upward tick in demand. Key practices of corporate, litigation and employment all reported growth. Anecdotally, a general sense of “busyness” contributed to attorney confidence and sense of productivity.

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Alycia Sutor

Of Counsel: The Legal Practice and Management Report January 2019

For a long time, the people most prepared to articulate and advocate for inclusion efforts in law firms have been human resource professionals and diversity officers. Increasingly firms, however, are realizing that diversity plays an important role in their efforts to sell their services and build lasting relationships with clients. In fact, far from being a purely inward-facing function, diversity and inclusion efforts should be a central pillar of your firm’s business development strategy, and this team should be staffed accordingly.

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Alycia Sutor

Five Core Practices of Trusted Leaders: Speak the Truth

Speak the Truth

It’s important to remember that leaders must not only inspire hope, but they also must ground us in reality, enabling teams to make informed and wise decisions. In a time of crisis, leaders need to strike a balance between not sugarcoating their message while remaining upbeat and optimistic

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Alycia Sutor

The Five Core Practices of Trusted Leaders: Message Hope

Message Hope

We only have to tune into the news for a brief minute to experience a breakdown in confidence. There is no shortage of things to remind us that we are living in an exponentially VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world right now.

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Alycia Sutor

The Five Core Practices of Trusted Leaders: Be Present

Be Present

In the midst of responding to COVID-19, it can feel challenging to keep client development connections warm. In a desire to avoid burdening already stressed clients, we have heard many lawyers express a desire to pull back from reaching out, wanting to hear that their assistance is necessary or invited before making contact. And, as event after event cancels and clients delay projects, it can seem like the possibilities to stay organically connected to most of our contacts must be put on hold until life and business as usual resumes.

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Deborah Knupp

Why Generosity is Good for Business

A recent article published by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley gathers the results of several studies to demonstrate five ways in which giving is actually good for you: It makes you happy, is good for your health, promotes cooperation and social connection, evokes gratitude, and is contagious. While we tend to view generosity as an act of altruism, it turns out the giver actually gains measurable benefits in the process as well.

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Alycia Sutor

3 Leadership Mistakes That Hinder a Growth-Mindset Culture

All law leaders want to see their firms thrive by bringing in new business. Firms that embrace a “growth mindset culture” — in which people feel safe taking risks, and view setbacks and failures as opportunities for growth — find more innovative ways to achieve that goal. In their determination to succeed, however, some leaders inadvertently squelch the growth-mindset that could transform their law firm culture by leaning on their intuition instead of what the data tells us about motivation and growth.

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