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Should you light the match for superstars to leave?

Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 8:00 PM | By Geoff Kirbyson

Law firms have long employed a cradle-to-the-grave career path for their top performers, but new U.S. research suggests letting superstar lawyers walk away to pursue other opportunities can not only bring an infusion of youth but also improve the bottom line.

Sydney Finkelstein, a professor of management and leadership at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., spent a decade studying the world’s greatest bosses across 18 industries, including investments, consulting, advertising, fashion and casual restaurants.

Granted, he didn’t examine the business of law specifically but he’s confident...