Not overrating employees on employment evaluations

Employment evaluations are a must in any business. This is also true in law firms. No matter whether you evaluate employees yearly, semi-annually or quarterly, you need to evaluate employees on some kind of regular basis. If you are not conducting employment evaluations, it is time to think long and had about doing it. Conducting…

Trimming the fat from your law firm budget

As the end of the year approaches, as a law firm owner or manager, you often reflect back on the year. You reflect on the good that has happened and the areas where you fell short of some goals as well. To plan for the next year, it’s important to look back at your law…

Ineffective management technique: Blaming the boss or the firm

In any law firm, you have your partners and likely senior administrative staff. But below that, you likely have some level or layer of middle management in your firm. It could be lawyers who are not partners, but who are senior level associates who help supervise other lawyers in the law firm.  It could be…

Us versus them mentality in a law firm

If you are a law firm manager or owner, you want your law firm to succeed. To succeed, you generally need everybody moving in the same direction. Whether the issue be the quality of the legal work being performed to the business aspects of the firm, you want your entire firm on the same page….

Getting over the guilt of getting paid

In almost any industry out there, companies and professionals get paid for the work they do. Whether it be doctors, dentists, accountants, engineers, therapists, chiropractors or any other professional industry, the professional is paid for the work they do. Most do not feel guilt about getting paid for their services, either. If the professionals were…

Case never looked better than the day you got it

Obtaining new business is critical in the legal industry. You obviously need new cases on a regular basis. This is why law firms are in business in the first place: To perform legal services for clients. One area that can be a problem for some lawyers, and some young lawyers in particular, is t become…

What’s the motive behind your employee’s actions

When you are running a law firm, there are often going to be times where employees are falling below your expectations. Employees can fall below expectations in a number of ways. You could be worried about the quality of the work being performed by your employee. For one reason or another, the employee could just…

That’s the way we’ve always done things

A lot of lawyers and law firms have often done things the same way a long time. They like doing things the same way. Doing things the same way makes them comfortable. It feels like a safe place. It does not involve risk. It does not involve learning something new.  Just like an old dog,…

Managers need to know how to say “no”

When you are a law firm manager or owner, it’s easy to say “yes.” When you say “yes,” you make others happy. You are pleasing others. You are making them smile. You are giving them what they want. Whether it be employees, others outside the firm, vendors, marketers, etc., saying “yes” makes is what most…

Is it time to clean house in your law firm?

When you have a law firm, there are going to be periods of time where things are running fantastically. Everybody is moving in the same direction. Everybody is positive and upbeat. Everybody is following the policies and procedures. Law firm life is good. On the other hand, in most law firms, there are going to…

Do you have a social media policy for your law firm?

Social media is prominent in society at this point. From Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Instagram and a litany of other social media platforms, your employees are likely on social media. When employees go on social media, posts are often spontaneous. They are often made without a lot of thought. Employees generally can on social media…

It’s okay to pull the ripcord on some employees

When you are a law firm owner or manager, it can be a tough task managing employees. Try as you might to get all your employees moving in the same direction, there are times when this can be seemingly difficult or impossible. At almost any given time, there is usually at least one employee —…