I was recently given the opportunity to take on editorial responsibility for the Handbook of Law Firm Management, which is published by Legal Works. The attached report includes an excerpt from the updated Introduction to the publication that discusses various developments over the last year or so that have presented challenges for law firms. I will be included periodic posts on this Blog relating law firm management issues going forwarded and welcome any thoughts or suggestions for topics to be covered in the publication.
Implementation is, of course, the most critically important part of any strategic planning process. However, the senior managers of the organization may get so caught up in the details of one or more of the initiatives in the plan that they neglect the need to take time to create an implementation plan and dedicate the necessary resources to make sure the plan is launched effectively and that progress is continuously monitored. In this report I discuss implementation of a strategic plan for a law firm and some of the specific issues that can arise in that context as the firm pursues new geographic and client markets or the creation of new practice areas.
A great deal of research has been done, and much has been written about, styles of leadership. In general, leadership style refers to the manner in which the leader of a group or organization, such as a law firm, provides direction to group members, implements the strategic plan of the group and motivates the members to act in ways that further that strategic plan. In this report I discuss six categories of leadership styles and how they might fit into the law firm context.