Patrick McKenna – McKenna Associates Inc.

Ashridge House 11226 - 60 Street
Edmonton, AB T5W 3Y8, Canada

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Create Your Stop Doing List

Many new firm leaders severely underestimate the time that is going to be required of them to really do the job. In fact, a recent Citibank/HBR 2014 Client Advisory, provided a commentary under the title: The Leadership…more
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Is Your Firm Facing A Leadership Transition

Do these sound like some of the questions that every new Firm Leader is likely ask themselves: • Am I really clear on the reasons why I accepted this position? • How can I be sure that I have correctly understood what is…more
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McKenna's International Review Magazine - Spring 2014

International Review is my 24-page glossy, printed magazine distributed to over 1600 law firm chairs and managing partners throughout North America. The articles in this issue include The Seeds of Competitive Disruption which…more
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Firm Leadership Is NOT For Wimps!

Leadership Truths We Don't Talk About Here are eight truths that I know to be valid based upon anecdotal evidence gleaned from countless discussions and interviews with firm leaders much wiser than I…more
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A Novel Approach To Compensation

Conventional wisdom, as well as economic theory, tells us that the more of something we have, the less of it we want . . . but that is not the case with money! According to some brand new research released in January by Jeffrey…more
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Are You Getting The Minutes From Your Practice Group Meetings?

Whenever I’ve been called in to work with a firm’s practice group, some group that needs remedial attention, one of my first questions of firm leadership is to please send me copies of the groups’ meeting minutes. The response…more
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6 Factors That Can Impede Effective Firm Leader - COO Relationships

One needs to keep in mind that the Firm Leader-COO team, in a sense, is two people who have been forced to work together – rather than having chosen the arrangement voluntarily. That is not intended to be pejorative, but the…more
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The Seeds of Competitive Disruption

Today there is a new reality in which increasing numbers of legal departments, constrained by tight budgets, are demanding cost concessions and predictability in their bills. That shift has brought with it a groundswell of new…more
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Are You Developing A Star Culture?

Some years back, while working with the Strategic Planning Committee of a 300 lawyer, regional powerhouse, we were exploring various options for growth when one partner delightedly announced that an unsettled local merger…more
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Exploring The Dark Side: When Firm Leaders Overuse Their Strengths

In my article Malignant Leadership, I talked about the merits of psychological evaluations and about how “increasing stress, work overload, fatigue, high emotion, and lack of social vigilance can increase the probability of…more
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Competitive Plagarism

Ask most firm leaders to identify those business CEOs that they most admire and they would probably list a small group of highly entrepreneurial names that would include Jack Welch, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson or Warren Buffet. …more
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Fall 2013 Issue of International Review Magazine

International Review is a 24-page glossy, printed magazine distributed to over 1600 law firm chairs and managing partners throughout North America. The articles in this issue include cautioning firms about the overuse of…more
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McKenna's Spring 2013 International Review magazine

Here’s my newest issue of International Review – an issue that I hope contains a balanced blend of thoughtful insight and practical contributions on law firm strategy and leadership. Today, I believe we face a time when doing…more
| Law Firm Marketing, Law Practice Products & Services

6 Elements of Meaningful Differentiation

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 all work at making themselves distinctive and…more
| Law Firm Marketing, Law Practice Products & Services

Malignant Leadership

A lack of effective oversight can allow even a well-intentioned managing partner to go bad…more
| Law Firm Marketing, Law Practice Products & Services, Professional Malpractice
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