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Teamwork Actually Matters

Date November 8, 2005 Comment Comments Off

It seems obvious that good teamwork can affect the quality of professional services. New research by Harvard Business School shows that surgeons who work in more than one hospital have better outcomes in facilities that demonstrate a higher level of teamwork. Could the same be true for lawyers and law firms? Career lesson: choose a work environment that fosters good teamwork.

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How to Consolodate Your Student Loans

Date November 8, 2005 Comment Comments Off

If you are thinking about consolodating your student loans, here are some tips for choosing a lender.

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The Mechanics of Creating a Podcast

Date November 7, 2005 Comment Comments Off

If you are interested in learning more about the mechanics of creating a podcast, click here.

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Don't Forget About Marketing

Date November 2, 2005 Comment Comments Off

It is much easier to see a return from business development activities than from marketing activities. After all, no one is going to hire you just because you were quoted in the New York Times, wrote an article for a trade association publication or spoke at a client seminar. But marketing activities play an important role in keeping up your visibility and in raising your credibility. If you spend some of your time marketing over a long period of time, then prospective clients will take you more seriously when you meet with them.

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Are podcasts the next wave of legal marketing

Date November 2, 2005 Comment Comments Off

We have come a very long way since lawyers first embraced direct mail marketing. Websites are almost ubiquitous (or at least the absence of a website probably sends the message that a law firm is behind the times.) E-mail marketing is now being widely used by major law firms to supplement (or in some cases to replace) U.S. mail and blogs like this are becoming increasingly common.

It seems that podcasts may be the next wave. It is very logical that lawyers should turn to this medium. While lawyers are supposed to be masters of the written word, increasingly, we live in a multimedia culture where busy professionals do not have the time to read. Podcasts provide a very inexpensive way to basically create a private radio broadcast (in the same way that a blog creates a private newspaper.)

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Career Audit For Associates

Date October 31, 2005 Comment Comments Off

My Career Audit for Associates is now available on the BCG website. This is a tool I created to help law firm associates evaluate what they like and dislike about their present firm. It is not meant to be a substitute for career counseling. Rather, it is a quick way to take stock in your current job (and measure it against your career objectives.)

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An article appeared in the WSJ on why 50.3% of all managers and professionals are female but women still comprise fewer than 2% of Fortune 1000 CEOs and just 7.9% of Fortune 500 top earners.

Carol Hymowitz of the WSJ reports that Catalyst (a women’s leadership organization) analyzed more than 40 studies of men and women leaders, and found no real difference in leadership styles. Despite this reality, many women perceive themselves to be weaker leaders than men.

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Don't Forget About Face Time w/Clients

Date October 21, 2005 Comment Comments Off

A blogger reminds us (check 10/15/05 post) that face time is an important part of developing your client relationships .

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Here a marketing consultant suggests a somewhat agressive technique for “closing business”. For a more organic approach, here is an article I wrote a while back for Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

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Salaries in CT on the Rise

Date October 20, 2005 Comment Comments Off

CT law firm salaries continue to lag far behind Boston and New York. But CT firms are following the upward trend already seen in California.

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