I am a new and a first law firm administrator for a 16 attorney firm in Chicago. This is my firm law firm and after attending a few partner meetings I am concerned about how and where to start getting some ideas and projects implemented. I have lots of ideas. I would appreciate your suggestions.
Lack of focus and accountability is one of the major problems facing law firms. Many times, the problem is having too many ideas, alternatives and options. The result, often, is no decision or action at all. Ideas, recommendations, suggestions, etc., are of no value unless implemented.
Look for ways to insure that your, and your partners, time spent on management is spent wisely. At first identify a few (maybe three) management initiatives that you can move forward fairly quickly and get implemented. Then build upon these successes.
Don’t hide behind strategy, planning, and endless debate. Attorneys love to postpone implementation. Find ways to focus the firm and foster accountability from all.
Don't attempt to initially, in the short term, take on management projects that the firm is unwilling or unable to implement.
John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC