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Thursday, August 13, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Going from today’s manager to tomorrow’s leader

Forbes recently reported that more than 10,000 U.S.-based baby boomers are retiring every day. Based on a 10 per cent rule, this would suggest that the number in Canada is about 1,000 retirees a day. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 13, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Eliminating clutter can cut your level of stress as well

Lawyers deal daily with files, briefs, forms, and case notes, and each person has a system for finding information on their desk and their desktop. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Bringing mental illness into the open

A traumatic event a decade ago followed by severe depression left Dante, once one of Ottawa’s top litigators, unable to get out of bed, leave his house and not even remotely close to being able to practise law. “People were coming over to make sure I was still alive,” says Dante, who requested his real name not be used for this story. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 16, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Employee discipline requires discretion

It takes a delicate hand to apply a uniform approach to inappropriate behaviour. During the second hour of an intense examination for discovery, a junior associate asked a series of questions while a more senior partner from his firm looked on with obvious exasperation. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 09, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

The value behind the personal touch

When it comes to building a law practice, the challenge is figuring out how to attract clients. Once the practice is up and running, though, the conundrum is how to keep them. After all, as the old business adage goes, it’s a lot easier to generate business from repeat customers than to troll for new ones. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 02, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Properly planning the exit strategy

There are few things as disruptive to a company as a top employee walking into the corner office and handing in their resignation. It often catches managers completely off guard and can throw a wrench into major pieces of work, potentially costing the firm business or, worse, clients. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 02, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Apple’s Swift response latest round of music industry restructuring

The almost instantaneous capitulation of Apple Inc., one of the world’s most profitable companies, to the objections of pop music star Taylor Swift raises two critical questions. Why did Apple change its business model so quickly, and what does this mean for artists and songwriters moving forward? ... [read more]

Thursday, June 25, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Overcoming the ‘big shock’ of running your own business

Talent is vital for lawyers starting a practice from scratch, but business skills are just as important, say legal industry consultants, specialists, and lawyers who’ve lived through the experience. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

The ‘delicate balance’ of whom to hire

It is a delicate issue that firms across the country are all too familiar with: a position has opened up and an ever-faithful servant is hungry for a promotion. But sometimes a company has outgrown the talent within its ranks, or never really had a certain speciality to begin with. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 11, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Confirmation bias impacts the ways we think and lead

Most of what leaders do to encourage high performance in their organizations likely produces the opposite of what they intend. ... [read more]