Keeping Good Lawyers: Best Practices to Create Career Satisfaction

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Based on the strong correlation between job satisfaction and lawyer retention, this book explains how firms can continually engage and motivate lawyers. Discussions include why associate retention is an economic necessity for any firm, what it means to clients when lawyers leave, why so many lawyers express interest in pursuing other job fields, and the value of loyalty in today's practices. Provided are methods to establish trust between management and lawyers, common characteristics of the best lawyers, and ...

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Overview

Based on the strong correlation between job satisfaction and lawyer retention, this book explains how firms can continually engage and motivate lawyers. Discussions include why associate retention is an economic necessity for any firm, what it means to clients when lawyers leave, why so many lawyers express interest in pursuing other job fields, and the value of loyalty in today's practices. Provided are methods to establish trust between management and lawyers, common characteristics of the best lawyers, and seven ways to create an engaging environment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570737930
  • Publisher: American Bar Association
  • Publication date: 11/16/2004
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 Intellectual Capital 3
Ch. 2 Law Is a Vocation 7
Ch. 3 Free Agency 11
Ch. 4 General Dissatisfaction and Malaise 15
Ch. 5 The Brain Drain 19
Ch. 6 Culture and Personal Style 25
Ch. 7 Best Practices: How to Attract, Train, and Retain Best Lawyers 31
Ch. 8 Best Lawyers: Career Design and Career Building 37
Ch. 9 Lawyer Engagement 43
Ch. 10 Flow: Optimal Experience for Lawyers 49
Ch. 11 Quality of Life 55
Ch. 12 Personal Responsibility 63
Ch. 13 Flexibility 69
Ch. 14 Innovation 77
Ch. 15 Generation X 83
Ch. 16 Abundance of Graduates 87
Ch. 17 Finders, Binders, Minders, Grinders 91
Ch. 18 Variable Compensation Systems 95
Ch. 19 Recruiting and Delivery of Promises 103
Ch. 20 Make Good Hiring Decisions 107
Ch. 21 Profit Centers 113
Ch. 22 Mentoring to Increase Satisfaction 117
Ch. 23 Understand Practice Goals 121
Ch. 24 Honest Appraisal and Evaluation 127
Ch. 25 Recognize and Eliminate Lawyer Dissatisfaction 131
Ch. 26 Perception Is Reality 135
Ch. 27 Be Proactive 141
Ch. 28 Apply the Platinum Rule 145
Ch. 29 Best Practices Separate Gracefully 153
Ch. 30 Best Lawyers Separate Gracefully 159
Conclusion 163
App. A: Sample Associate Development Plan 165
App. B Drafting an Effective Mission Statement 169
App. C Vision Mapping 173
App. D Clearly Defining a Successful Plan 177
App. E: More Strategies 181
App. F How to Be a Happy Lawyer 187
Afterword 189
About the Authors 191
Bibliography 193
Index 195
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