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On Being a Managing Partner

14 Apr: Keys to Stress Management

I read this wonderful article, by Travis Bradberry, that focuses on how smart people stay calm. The number one take away for me is that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress.  So often, I have seen that times of…

29 Nov: Not So Fast . . .

One of the most far-reaching changes to Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations was about to begin effective December 1st. This change doubled the threshold for exemption from overtime pay to $47,476.  What’s more, the exemption would have automatically been adjusted every three years…

07 Nov: Questions are good. Good questions are even better.

A key skill, whether you are in leadership, sales or support, is asking questions. I recently read this article on Inc.com, “4 Questions Smart Leaders Always Ask Employees to Improve Their Performance,” which discusses things to ask your direct reports during your one-to-ones. You do have one-to-ones, right?…

02 Nov: Getting in the last word is a good interview tactic.

Asking questions at the end of an interview is a chance to make a great last impression.   You want to show the interviewer that you are sharp and confident.  The worst question is that you have none.   I like question # 5 on…

18 Oct: Vision? It’s more than just seeing where you want to go…

I recently read this article about what could be holding you back from success:   When we facilitate partner retreats, one impactful issue that is all too common is a lack of a clear firm vision.  Often times we find multiple visions that cause friction among the partner group.  Even…

10 Oct: Creating your own reality…

I recently watched this video and loved it. So often, I see people typically not make decisions because of fear. Isaac talks about how fear makes us replace the unknown with “awfulizing.” It is amazing how often when we write the story, or the staff…

07 Oct: No Bad Teams, Only Bad Leaders… do you agree?

So often, when we meet with managing partners, we discuss under-performing teams.   The conversation almost always focuses on lower level employees and not practice leaders.   This article, “Former Navy SEAL commanders explain why ‘there are no bad teams, only bad leaders,’” by Richard…