Wouldn‘t it be great if every law firm had a coaching culture? I don‘t say this as someone whose business involves selling coaching to law firms, I say it as a coach…
It is a universal, albeit ironic, truth that by listening to those who are leaving your firm, you can more actively focus your retention initiatives so as to hold on to people you want to keep.
Lateral partner movement is up, but the jury is still out on how useful laterals are to a firm’s long-term financial health. There is, of course, the role (or lack thereof) of strategic planning and process-design in failed partner acquisitions, but what about the emphasis we put on the value of our employees? So I took a moment to daydream about the perfect firm.
Now that associate retention has firmly established itself again as a management issue at many law firms, upward review programs are not surprisingly back on the agenda. Over the last year or so, the post-recession balance of power has shifted back to the associate body in many law firms. With that shift come renewed calls from associates for the opportunity to evaluate senior colleagues.
It is part of the human condition to assess and evaluate others. As a result, in working with colleagues, we often have an internal dialogue monologue in which our thoughts and comments on their performance surface. And yet, that’s more often than not how we leave things – internal and unspoken. Our inside voice may be loud. But our colleagues can’t hear us.