Fall 2011 Issue of International Review magazine


Dear Valued Clients and Friends:

I trust that you enjoyed a most productive and restful summer. I am hopeful that you will find this latest issue of International Review to contain a number of practical ideas, tips and techniques on law firm strategy and leadership that you can put to use immediately.

This issue begins with some guidelines on how to better execute your strategic plans and overcome the frustration of the unfortunate infliction that many in firm management suffer – a condition that I’ve come to call seeing SPOTS . . . which is an acronym for Strategic Plans On The Shelf.

From there I am delighted to once again include the insights of my good friend and colleague David Maister. I continue to hear from many of you on how you find David’s writing an excellent catalyst for your leadership reflections.

I’ve included an interview conducted by Nerly East and entitled McKenna On Leading Change In Your Law Firm. Nerly is currently writing a new book on this subject and I’m honored to have my work featured amongst her research. Many of you may know that I have chaired and presented at an annual conference on Overcoming Lawyers Resistance To Change for the past three years.

Once again, I am honored to include the thinking of my collaborators at the Managing Partner’s Leadership Advisory Board (the LAB) as they address a question on how one handles the stubborn partner who holds strong beliefs on high-stake topics. And, this article is but one of 18 different chapters that comprise a brand new book published by Thomson Reuters: Serving At The Pleasure Of My Partners.

Our final article addresses the challenges of sharing leadership – whether between co-managing partners, a firm leader and their COO, or between a Chair and a CEO.

Finally I would draw your attention to a new group that I have started on LinkedIn specifically and exclusively for law firm leaders. Please have a look at the information on page 22 and come join us.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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