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Make the Obvious Customer Driven Change/0 Comments/in Law Firm Strategy /by Gideon Grunfeld
Growing a law firm involves a myriad of steps, some of which can be difficult to determine. There is, however, a category of changes that is a good place to start when considering business-building and marketing strategies. They are requests and complaints made by your clients and prospective clients. A recent experience in a coffee […]
Determining Compensation Levels for Law Firm Staff/0 Comments/in Law Firm Staffing /by Gideon Grunfeld
Law firm leaders too often rely on precedent when making managerial decisions for their firms. A prime example of this is how they decide how much to pay staff members (and to a lesser extent junior lawyers). The most common mistake is to set compensation levels based on historical experience. For example, a law firm […]
Law Firm Resolution: A 5,000 Billable Hour Year/0 Comments/in Law Firm Marketing, Law Firm Strategy /by Gideon Grunfeld
It’s the middle of January and many New Year’s resolutions have already bitten the dust. In part that’s because setting annual goals is inherently unreliable, especially when the goal isn’t accompanied by a mechanism for reaching it. Annual billable targets for law firms aren’t exactly resolutions. In most firms they are couched as requirements that […]
Issue Spotting Isn’t a Law Firm Business Strategy/0 Comments/in Law Firm Marketing, Law Firm Strategy /by Gideon Grunfeld
Lawyers have been traditionally rewarded for spotting issues. Most law school exams were of the issue-spotting variety. As a result, law school grades and law jobs are correlated with the ability to spot issues. That might seem logical or benign, but it isn’t. As a business development tool, the ability to spot issues without more […]
Create a Six-Month Law Firm Budget/0 Comments/in Law Firm Finances /by Gideon Grunfeld
It’s that time of year when we tend to think in terms of years. People create new year’s resolutions, even though there is a lot of evidence they don’t actually help reaching goals. And in the business world, we create annual budgets. In my experience, however, too many law firms either don’t create budgets at […]
Are Law Firm Holiday Cards Becoming Obsolete?/0 Comments/in Law Firm Marketing /by Gideon Grunfeld
I received twice as many holiday cards from law firms in 2014 than I have so far this year. And an unscientific survey of law firms suggests that this might be a growing trend. For example, the managing partner of a firm that displays the cards it receives in its reception area also noted that […]
Keep More Cash in the Register/0 Comments/in Law Firm Finances /by Gideon Grunfeld
For too many law firms the holiday season is accompanied by an unfortunate tradition. It’s not the bad egg nog or the awkward silence that follows an inappropriate comment made by a lawyer who had too much to drink. This law firm holiday tradition is financial in nature. Specifically, it’s when the equity partners of […]
Don’t Forget Your Exes & Your Near Misses/0 Comments/in Law Firm Marketing, Law Firm Strategy /by Gideon Grunfeld
Law firm marketing efforts tend to focus on the new; new clients, new practice areas, and new lateral partners. At many firms, marketing efforts directed to the old often take the form of electronic newsletters and, this time of year, holiday cards. In this context, old primarily refers to former clients and referral sources. If […]
Networking Up: Attracting a Law Firm Mentor/0 Comments/in Law Firm Networking /by Gideon Grunfeld
You might be harboring contradictory sentiments about how a more junior attorney should interact with the most experienced or influential partners. One the one hand, your internal dialogue might criticize senior associates who you view as “kiss ups” or “ass kissers.” But at the same time you know that you need a mentor. So how […]
Selling By Lawyers 101: The Most Common Sales Mistake/0 Comments/in Law Firm Marketing, Sales Tips for Lawyers /by Gideon Grunfeld
If I gave you all the time in the world to decide whether to purchase a non-essential service, would you tend to buy it quickly? This question has a self-evident answer that leads to a bedrock principal that underlies a lot of sales training programs: If you want to improve sales, establish some sense of […]