Great Leaders & Their Environments

Is leadership the product of the person or the place? One camp says it’s the force of the individual. Through a combination of genetics and experience, some are leaders. And leaders act upon circumstances, make the market, revolutionize the industry, jump the trend....

Leading the Business of Law Firms

More jokes have been told about lawyers than any other professionals. But the business of law firms is no joke. $250 billion a year in the US, and Washington gets more than its fair share of the bounty. For the last 50 years law firms have done astonishingly well....

Finding the Next Generation of Leaders

Economics tells us that supply swiftly follows demand. If we need something, free enterprise ramps up to provide it. The operation of markets is a wonderful thing to behold. Efficient and effective, the system fills voids in a true and timely matter. Markets work...

The Law Firm Crisis: Changing Business Models

Law firms are big business, nationally and locally. In the United States, more than $250 billion a year is spent on legal services, and the Washington, D.C. region gets more than its fair share of that amount. The D.C. Bar has almost 50,000 active members, and around...

The New Normal

The market for legal services will never be the same. The ongoing recession decreases demand for services and general counsel spending and increases price pressures from competition and clients. The munificence of yesterday is gone. Layoffs, hiring and promotion...

A State of Organizational Grace

To be in a state of grace is to be absolved of sin. To repent is to be exonerated, and to atone is to be pardoned. To err is human, and to forgive is divine. It is the most revered sacrament because it encourages us to look forward, not backward. Odd start for a...

Gimme Shelter: Soaked by Organizational Change

A spring morning in Washington. Walking home from dropping my son at preschool—just two blocks from home—and it started to storm. Scattered clouds and high winds conspired to violently burst into rain and thunder. Waterfall-like sheets poured and shuddering booms...