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 —…

Do you have an accounts receivable problem?

Running a law firm costs a lot of money. From paying employees, rent, yourself, the cost of office supplies, utilities, insurance, taxes and other miscellaneous expenses, it is not easy for most law firms. This is why some attorneys choose not to tangle with owning a law firm — and instead work for others as…

Running a law firm is like playing whack a mole

Have you ever played the whack a mole game at the arcade?  This was a popular arcade game created where the player has a soft, black mallet.  From holes on the game, moles randomly appear.  The player whacks the moles as they appear back into the hole.  The quicker the moles are whacked, the higher…

Do you take a two weeks notice?

From time-to-time an employee is going to leave your law firm.  Sometimes, you may not even get two weeks notice of their departure.  Other times, you might get the courtesy of a two weeks notice. The question is whether or not you accept the two weeks notice or not?  This is an interesting question that…

The importance of setting an optimistic tone

Running a law firm can certainly be an enjoyable experience in many ways.  It can be satisfying when things are going well.  For example, it’s a great thing when you feel like your firm is providing representation to clients that delights them. It is always great times when a law firm is doing well from a…

Promote from within or hire from the outside?

In any law firms, positions are going to open from time-to-time that need to be filled.  It could be that somebody departs and an important position needs to be filled.  It could be that your firm is growing and you are creating a new, important position within your law firm that needs to be filled….

How the weather can impact your law firm

Many law firm owners spend little time thinking about how the weather can affect their law firm.  But the reality is that the weather can have a huge impact on the overall success of a law firm.  It can also have an effect on the morale of the employees. No matter where you are located,…