Pamela Woldow – Edge International

Game Your Way To Longer Life

In our last post we discussed legal “Gamification,” that is, approaching certain legal tasks as if they were a competitive game in order to maximize both individual and team engagement and produce superior legal outcomes. In…more

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Notes On The New Year – 2014

A young American follower of Shinryu Suzuki, the famed founder of the San Francisco Zen Center, was bewildered by the Master’s abstruse, fractured-English lectures. He finally asked Suzuki if he could summarize the essence of…more

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Signs of the Times

When you spend a lot of time looking at the world through the lens of developments in the legal profession, sometimes the ironies of happenstance can slap you right square in the face. Take, for example, page B3 of the of the…more

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Successfully Implementing Legal Project Management

I had the privilege of working with Michelle Mahoney to introduce LPM at King & Wood Mallesons. She recently asked for contributions to the ILTA blog on best practices for implementing LPM, and I have reproduced my answer…more

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A Practical Slant on LPM Implementation

It’s little wonder that law firms struggle to integrate Legal Project Management (LPM) into their lawyers’ legal service delivery. The firm’s LPM champions face a double bind: on one hand, many of the firm’s lawyers are…more

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Adventures in Magical Thinking – Part III

In our last two posts, we’ve been discussing “Magical Thinking,” the tendency of firm leaders to assume that rank-and-file partners can and will divine the reasoning of the Executive Committee and will take all necessary steps…more

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Adventures in Magical Thinking – Part II

In the last post we discussed “magical thinking” – the wishes and hopes of firm leadership that the lawyers they lead will exhibit certain desirable behaviors just because leadership wants them to or hopes they will…more

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Adventures in Magical Thinking, Part I

The good news is that the strategic brain trusts of many law firms often are populated with realistic, forward-thinking leaders who grasp the sweeping economic and operational forces that are reshaping the face of the legal…more

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Lawyer Assessment and Client Development – An Emerging Trend

As part of an innovative individual business development coaching program for a group of its high-potential partners, a forward-looking global law firm was persuaded to include a battery of personality and motivational…more

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Searching for Clients with a Bottomless Wallet

It happens often in Legal Project Management workshops when talk turns to how aggressively clients are pressing to control legal fees. Some partner leans back in his chair and proclaims that LPM simply does not apply to his work…more

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A Seat at the Legal Project Management Table

Sometimes one learns valuable lessons in really enjoyable ways, and such was the case recently when we facilitated a Legal Project Management training workshop for the Energy, Environmental, Mining & Transportation practice…more

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Lateral Integration: The Real Elephant in the Room

In our last few posts, we’ve been discussing topics and insights that arose in a recent Managing Partners Forum sponsored by Edge International. One concern the MPs cited as a major area of management concern was: Law…more

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