SPECIAL ADVISORY ARTICLES
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 presented the opportunity to obtain a great lateral. The candidate was a high probability capture, a former classmate who controlled a $10 million book of business. Before anyone managed to weigh in, the managing partner said, “That would definitely not work for us!”
”Why not?” was the first question. He explained, “As tempting as it might sound, we all know that attracting a gorilla of that size would only disrupt our zoo. I fully suspect that it would simply be a matter of time before his presence and demands would serve to corrupt our firm’s culture and everything we hold sacred. The risk would be just too high.”
Looking back, we didn’t fully appreciate what he was talking about then . . . but we do now!