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Feb 12, 2001


Threats Facing the Legal Profession

Question:

What are the primary threats and challenges that the legal profession will face in the next decade?

Response:

The biggest threat is the public perception of the image of the legal profession. In addition the continued saturation of the legal market, reduced demand for legal services, and oversupply of lawyers. Law firms are going to have to change their mindsets and their organizational cultures as well as their methods of doing business. Quality of legal services must be improved. New delivery methods must be implemented and new price options offered.

John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC 

Jan 27, 2001


Leadership and Accountability in Law FIrms

Question:

What do you see as the primary management problems in law firms?

Response:

We are frequently asked to assist law firms in areas such as management reviews, marketing, compensation, and strategic planning. However, these are often symptoms of another problem – leadership, trust, and accountability. Frequently we find that unless proper leadership is in place we are all wasting time on attempting to treat the symptoms. Without sound firm leadership at the partner level other initatives are never able to get off the ground. Law firm leadership is the top challenge facing the profession today.

John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC

Dec 12, 2000


Law Firm Retreats

Question:

Why are more legal firms using management retreats?

Response: 

Retreats provide management with the method for resolving major concerns quickly and efficiently. You can get solutions to reducing wasteful costs, tips on increasing client satisfaction and, techniques for improving bottom line revenues, an honest exchange of ideas and a lot more. What do you have to invest? A little time, money and some hard work. It's a small price to pay for taking a step toward being on the cutting edge.

Dr. Thomas J. Venardos

Oct 12, 2000


Committment To Higher Standards and Higher Education

Question:

How can we effect change in our law firms?

Response:

Changing professionals and law firms takes a personal commitment on the part of the staff involved. It requires a deep sense of wanting to invest in themselves. This type of investment demands long-term professional commitment with an understanding that time and money must be invested. If you want to yield real results with bottom line gains, the commitment must come from the professionals in the law firm.

Dr. Thomas J. Venardos

Oct 08, 2000


Law Firm Image

Question:

How does image tie into a law firm's marketing program?

Response:

Image is important to every profession. In particular, law firms need to have a good image within the community served. Therefore, today, it is necessary for a law firm to improve upon their image by being viewed by the community as professionals who make a contribution. This contribution can come in several ways: as support to the community, driect involvement in the community or by creating involvement that the community can become a part of.

Dr. Thomas J. Venardos

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