I’m a day late noting this article, but the always thoughtful Ron Friedmann has a great list of reasons why clients hire law firms.
Many of these reasons are “the old standbys” (which doesn’t make them any less valid, of course). However, consider these, found (in a slightly different order) near the tail of his [...]
There’s a good article in Slate this morning about the value of single-tasking, with some concrete examples of how the author did more by doing less. Key paragraph:
I downloaded Freedom, a program that blocked my access completely for a specified amount of time, and got to writing. The results shocked me. I was woefully [...]
I have a lot of respect for Scott Adams and his blog of ideas, even when I disagree vehemently with him. (That’s the fun of his blog. He takes hyperbolic positions on any number of topics to elicit thoughtful responses.)
However, this morning he published a piece that – while thought-provoking – is way off [...]
I’ll be in the Los Angeles area (east side/Ontario, but with wheels) this coming Thursday and Friday, with time in the afternoons both days. If you want to meet to talk about Legal Project Management and training (or pretty much anything else), let me know.
Last year HP bought Autonomy for $11,000,000,000.1 I write that number out fully to make it plain how large it is.
What was your reaction at the time? My mouth dropped. I could see no way that Autonomy was worth that kind of money.2
Neither could many other people, none of whom seemed to be [...]
I’m often asked my opinion on whether time spent managing projects is billable.
My quick answer is, Billable time is what you and the client agree is billable.
That, of course, isn’t the most helpful answer, and I offer that answer with a smile.
Then I go into the specifics of working through this issue.
In the fingerpointing over who’s to blame for Hostess Brands’ demise, one thing is clear.
They were no longer creating products people wanted.
When was the last time you purchased a loaf of Wonder Bread, or bought a pack of Twinkies other than as a joke?
If you were born in the 40s or 50s, [...]
Mark Hermann (Aon Chief Counsel) writes this morning about compliance training.
What’s compliance training for?
No, that’s a serious question. I’ve asked that question of a number of Chief Compliance Officers, GCs, etc.1 I’ve rarely gotten a straight answer.
Let’s say – hypothetically, of course – you could have a one-question compliance test featuring either [...]
I emphasize in my courses that Legal Project Management means more than managing the mechanics of a project. Among other things, it includes good people management – whether the project team reports to the project manager or not.
Mark Hermann, Chief Counsel at Aon, has an article today that covers this topic. It’s worth reading.
When a project team member tells you something, how well do you hear what they’re really saying?
Most of us don’t hear all that’s available. We listen to the specific words better than we fill in the blanks or paint a mental picture.
Let me offer an example, which might serve as a metaphor of [...]