The writing’s on the wall #3 – resistance to change

There is no shortage of commentary about the need for law firms to change in what is the most significant transition in the profession in a lifetime. Theories from Darwin to Kotter are cited yet firms still struggle with the day to day reality of change. Partners speak of their frustration that things don’t moveContinue reading “The writing’s on the wall #3 – resistance to change”

Lawyers – Just. Do. Something.

It seems like there was some sort of psychic alignment in the UK legal blogging community last week. As the news came rolling in on changes facing the UK market (Neil Rose’s site Legal Futures is often a good place to start), the Entrepreneur Lawyer   Chrissie Lightfoot wrote a great post about the disruption and fearContinue reading “Lawyers – Just. Do. Something.”

Law firms and the death ground?

No, not a commentary on carnage wreaked by the credit crunch, but another return to the world of warfare for some thoughts on law firm change.     In my last post I mentioned Robert Greene’s excellent book “The 33 Strategies of War”, and was particularly interested in the section on creating a sense ofContinue reading “Law firms and the death ground?”

A law firm’s immune system

In his book “Your Next Move” (which is excellent by the way) Michael Watkins introduces the concept of the corporate immune system. The idea is that organisations develop unspoken systems to protect their culture when threatened by a “foreign body” inside them. This is examined in the context of a new person joining the company,Continue reading “A law firm’s immune system”

The rise of the undead lawyer

One thing that has intrigued me over the last twelve months is the number of former lawyers who’ve ended up in really interesting, non-traditional roles in private practice. It’s not easy to pigeon-hole the type of role into any particular category: business development? knowledge management? talent development? strategic support? The roles span all of theseContinue reading “The rise of the undead lawyer”

The winds of change

The legal profession has been changing for some time now. In the 12 years I’ve been working in and around it, many of the traditional trappings of the lawyer have been slowly and surely eroded. But in the UK, as deregulation really sweeps away some of the protection that has been preventing supply matching demandContinue reading “The winds of change”

Strategy as a thought?

In the increasingly fast paced world we live in, it seems more and more difficult to make plans for the future. There are all sorts of ways of thinking about strategy; what it is, how it’s formed, and what it does (a favourite book of mine is Strategy Safari by Mintzberg), but a common viewContinue reading “Strategy as a thought?”

Death of an editor

The first thing that strikes me about blogging (blatantly obvious when you think about it), is the lack of editorial control. Clearly this has huge benefits in the immediacy and authenticity of messages, and as is oft quoted these days, information wants to be free. But it makes me think for a number of reasons. Firstly,Continue reading “Death of an editor”

And in the beginning……

Prompted by thinking about how social media can merge personal and business worlds, and the pros and cons of keeping them separate, I started thinking about blogging more seriously. Stimulated further by my failure to get a website up and running quickly enough, and then finally spurred into action by some reflection on the needContinue reading “And in the beginning……”