Ryan McLead has a terrific post at 3 Geeks… about the mismatch of expectations among lawyers, firms, and in-house counsel. He lists what attorneys think they sell, what firms think they sell, and what clients think they buy, and what he thinks firms should sell.
I’m writing this response in Chicago, where I’ve been attending [...]
CBS MoneyWatch posted an article yesterday about being too nice a boss that’s misguided in some unfortunate ways.
The article lists six signs that you’re being “too nice”:
Deadlines are regularly missed.1 You’re the butt of jokes.2 Your input is ignored. You’re sharing too much info. You’re always sharing credit. You’re treated like a pal. [...]
Have you seen The Hunger Games yet?
First, it’s not a kids movie. That’s not to say kids won’t enjoy it, though they may find it disturbing.1 It’s an adult movie that is about adults more than kids, using the story of a young girl, Katniss Everdeen, to reflect and refract our own culture back [...]
According to the Globe and Mail today (I’m leading seminars and teaching in Canada this week), the best-selling business book in Canada is titled Best Practices Are Stupid.
To which I say, Hear, hear! (I say it in principle; I haven’t read the book, though I do wish I’d thought of the title.)
To be [...]
Two articles in today’s (Sunday’s) New York Times1 speak to many of the ideas I’ve been teaching in my classes and writing about in my books.
I’ve said repeatedly that professional-project leadership — e.g., Legal Project Management — is about far more than traditional techniques to manage budgets and schedules. Indeed, you can manage the [...]
What does science know about motivating employees that businesses too often ignore?
That’s the topic of an 18-minute talk by (nonpracticing) lawyer Dan Pink. He frames it as an argument to the jury of the audience.
In this 2009 talk, he describes the science of motivation, which is fairly well known. He reports that for [...]
My new book is The Off Switch: Discovering Your Work-Work Balance. It is available starting today from Amazon.com. You can order it through your local bookstore as well. (You can also click here and I’ll get an extra $2 in royalties because it doesn’t go through Amazon in the same way.)
I’m pleased with [...]
If you watched TV this weekend, you likely saw the new Microsoft ad about the father grocery shopping. (If the embedded image above doesn’t work, watch it here.)
This is the most interesting and important ad Microsoft has done since perhaps Windows 95. For professionals, it matters for three reasons.
First is that it’s [...]
Remember Watson? The computer that beat (sort of) two all-time Jeopardy champions?
(I’ll return to the “sort of” in a minute.)
Here’s an article from the NY Times by the person who pulled the Watson team together. I know many readers of my articles are lawyers, or work with lawyers. When you read the article, [...]
Larry Downes in Forbes has an article on the decline and (they presume) fall of Best Buy. Other than the hagiography of Amazon.com,1 there are some very interesting points in the article.
Before you read it, though, consider what you think intuitively is Amazon’s core advantage over Best Buy.
Did you say pricing?
Now go [...]