Reconciling The Practice With The Business of Law

The US legal industry enjoyed double digit growth for five decades until the Great Recession of 2008, when demand for services dropped by 5% and outside counsel spending declined by 11%. It was a serious crisis that led firms to forego annual hourly billable rates...

Learning from Adversity: One Obstacle at a Time

Adversity happens. Our instinct in the workplace when adversity does arrive is to deny its importance, attribute it to a person or event outside of our control, or, even better, to ignore it. Frustration and failure are unavoidable, so the question for us is what can...

The Indispensability Syndrome

Making plans for summer vacation? You're probably wondering whether you’re too busy to take a week off from work. Maybe you’re thinking that you can, but only if the resort has WiFi. Likely the prospect of being away from the office makes you a bit jittery. After all,...

Balance of Business and Law

The following was authored by Julia Zemnick Gill, Winner of the 2015 GWSB Student Leadership Essay Competition   Law firms have experienced excruciating growing pains over the past decade. The legal industry is one of the largest and most profitable industries in...

Why the Heroes?

Heroes have been held out as the best of us throughout recorded history. All cultures commit to profiling and proclaiming them. Their stories are our past, present, and future, told through the protagonist’s lens. We research, record, and relate them for a reason....

The Stress, the Switch, and the Sources of Renewal

Imagine the eighteen months of General Motors CEO Mary Barra’s life. In her short tenure, GM will have recalled more than 30 million automobiles worldwide. Her firm is besieged by allegations of a caustic culture of carelessness, dysfunctional bureaucracy, warped...

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Dr. James R. Bailey is Professor at the George Washington University, He is a key-note speaker, best-selling author, award winning educator, and consultant for the world's most prestigious firms.

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