SPECIAL ADVISORY ARTICLES
McKenna's International Review Magazine - Spring 2014
In a recent meeting I was taken back by how nearly every partner in the room was completely oblivious to the nature of some of the competitors making inroads into their marketplace. My first offering in this Spring issue is entitled The Seeds of Competitive Disruption and involves a number of hours of research in identifying 20 different US-based competitors that are growing and that your partners should be aware of. Part of the job of every firm leader is to neutralize complacency and so I’m hoping that this article might be worth you passing around.
In our First 100 Days program we introduce new firm leaders to the monumental task of taking the reins of leading their firms. Firm Leadership Is Not For Wimps! is an attempt to identify eight of the more challenging truths to being an effective firm leader, and I’m grateful to those who have provided valuable input into this piece (you know who you are – and thank you).
Six Factors That Can Impede Effective Firm Leader-COO Relationships had it’s origins in a Webinar that I was privileged to conduct with John Michalik, retired executive director of the international Association of Legal Administrators; while A Novel Approach To Compensation grew out of an innovative ThinkTank event that I participated in earlier this year. Hopefully both of these offer some pragmatic advice to those interested in either subject.
Finally, Are You Getting The Minutes From Practice Group Meetings? is an article that I expect will seem to pose a rather unorthodox question, at first glance, but should be read by every firm leader . . . who has an interest in knowing what their practice groups are really doing.
As always, I sincerely hope that you find some practical ideas, tips and techniques here that you can put to use immediately. Please send me your observations, critiques, comments and suggestions with respect to any of these articles.