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Law firms embrace cafe style to keep staff in office

Law firms embrace cafe style to keep staff in office | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it
To impress clients and keep staff happy, some law firms are going hipster.
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7 steps to better eNewsletters

Most professional services firms know the value of a decent eNewsletter.
Done well, an eNewsletter should show off your expertise, raise awareness
of the range of services and even bring in new qualified leads. But finding
the time and energy to actually get them done can be a problem. So, making
them really shine can seem impossible.
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Law partner numbers take a hit

Law partner numbers take a hit | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it
A difficult year for revenue growth has hit law firms of all sizes, with large national and mid-sized firms sharing mixed results for partner appointments in the past six months.
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Law firms - is your firm name "social media" friendly?

Is your law firm name social media friendly? Have you adapted your name for the different social media platforms – especially Twitter? As a former lawyer turned legal marketing consultant I spend a...
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Do You Fear Social Media Marketing For Law Firms? - LawMarketing.com - The Premier Resource For Information on the Business of Law

Do You Fear Social Media Marketing For Law Firms? - LawMarketing.com - The Premier Resource For Information on the Business of Law | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it
Whether you do, or do not fear social media marketing for law firms, you will want to check this video and hear what you can do to 'safely' engage.
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Poor mental health programs failing lawyers

Poor mental health programs failing lawyers | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it
Poorly implemented mental health programs are contributing to the high incidences of depression in law firms, SANE Australia has claimed, following the release of its survey that found most employees who had been mentally unwell were not supported...
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Legal fraternity praises Roxon

Legal fraternity praises Roxon | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it
The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) has commended outgoing Attorney-General Nicola Roxon for her work in introducing tobacco plain packaging laws and establishing the Royal Commission into child sex abuse.
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The Real Problem Solvers (SSIR)

The Real Problem Solvers (SSIR) | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it

How does one apply a business model to social change? While few would argue that one can take an entirely capitalist model to carry out social good, many in the field look to facets of profit-seeking behavior and traditional business models to explain and develop the field of social entrepreneurship.

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8 Ways to Tell Your Company's Story

8 Ways to Tell Your Company's Story | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it

In search of content marketing inspiration, I found the SlideShare production: How to Tell Your Company's Story: 8 Questions to Get You Startedby Ann Handley from Marketing Profs. Did the ...


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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 18, 2012 1:04 PM

I think the questions posed here to help you figure out your business stories are just terrific. There are 8 of them and will really get you thinking about your business, what makes you unique, and the stories you could possibly tell.


Even if your business or organization (for profit or nonprofit), these questions are important to ask. So how would you answer these questions?


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Parker Donat's curator insight, December 18, 2012 2:43 PM

Many companies don't know where to start when it comes to storytelling. Especially, B2B companies. There is a good way to start and that is asking the right questions. And what a better way than to be ask questions geared toward the underutilized marketing tool of storytelling. 

Karen Dietz's comment, January 16, 2013 1:13 PM
I so agree Parker! Many thanks for your comment. My apologies for not responding sooner. There's a glitch in the program here where I am unaware when someone posts a comment. And yes, success is all about asking the right questions!
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Law firms are lagging in the race to diversify

Law firms are lagging in the race to diversify | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it
BEATON | Accounting firms are steadily diversifying their services but law firms are shying away from the challenge and this will cost them in the long term.
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Business Advisory, Tax Planning and Management, Financial Services, Audit and Compliance - It's smooth sailing with Trumans.

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Flexible Work Resource to Help Legal Businesses Retain Talent : Legal Practice Intelligence

Flexible Work Resource to Help Legal Businesses Retain Talent : Legal Practice Intelligence | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it
A new resource released by the Law Society of NSW will help to ensure solicitors and their employers have the necessary tools to implement flexible work arrangements, providing benefits for all.

President of the Law Society of NSW, Justin Dowd said that research has shown that solicitors and practices need help in order to make flexible working a reality.

“Recent Law Society research suggests that solicitors and law practices need practical tools to turn good intentions into effective reality,” Mr Dowd said.

“This newly published resource provides information on different types of flexible working and their value, as well as tips on developing suitable arrangements in the workplace for both male and female solicitors.

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The Five Drivers of Happiness at Work

The Five Drivers of Happiness at Work | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it

The "science of happiness at work" is not soft new age touchy-feely nonsense says the iOpener Institute. Their research shows that it is a key element within successful firms. Take their survey to see how happy you are at work.


The empirical research, involving 9,000 people from around the world, reveals some astonishing findings. Employees who report being happiest at work:


  • Stay twice as long in their jobs as their least happy colleagues
  • Spend double their time at work focused on what they are paid to do
  • Take ten times less sick leave
  • Believe they are achieving their potential twice as much


And the “science of happiness at work” has big benefits for individuals too. If you’re really happy at work, you’ll solve problems faster, be more creative, adapt fastest to change, receive better feedback, get promoted quicker and earn more over the long-term.

So how can you get to grips with what it’s all about?


Research shows that there are five important drivers that underpin the science of happiness at work.


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Salary isn’t everything: more lawyers seek flexibility

Salary isn’t everything: more lawyers seek flexibility | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it
Forty per cent of job-seekers will turn down a role that does not meet their flexible working needs, a new study has revealed.
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Lawyers assuming regulator role

Lawyers assuming regulator role | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it
ASIC is increasingly out-sourcing its responsibilities to financial services lawyers, a boutique managing partner has said.
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ABA ethics opinion sparks renewed debate over non-lawyer ownership of law firms

ABA ethics opinion sparks renewed debate over non-lawyer ownership of law firms | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it

An opinion issued recently by the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility could ignite a debate over the concept of nonlawyer ownership of law firms only months after the association’s House of Delegates sidestepped the issue while considering recommendations of the Commission on Ethics 20/20.

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Small firms warned to plan for succession

Small firms warned to plan for succession | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it
The CEO of Swaab Attorneys has urged boutique firms to prepare a succession plan well before their senior partners near retirement.
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Some good advice from Bronwyn here.

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Allens stands by its alliance

Allens stands by its alliance | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it
Large law firms are enduring a rough financial year and have responded with cost cutting, including reducing staff numbers, Allens chief executive partner Michael Rose says.
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Global appointment good news for Oz

Global appointment good news for Oz | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it
The new global chairman of Norton Rose believes his appointment will help propel the Australian operation to the forefront of the firm’s global network.
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Team Building Resources for CEOs

Team Building Resources for CEOs | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it
Team building resources for CEOs focused on attracting, retaining, motivating, and leading effective teams inside their companies.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, February 10, 2013 4:09 AM

A carefully selected list of resources that bring additional perspectives to the topic of team building.

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Ashurst cull carries some big risks

Ashurst cull carries some big risks | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it
The decision to radically reshape the Ashurst Australia partnership will be the biggest test of John Carrington’s leadership. It is a move that could re-energise the firm for the Asian Century or leave blood dripping on the walls.
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When Rudeness Dominates Your Work Culture, Everyone Pays the Price

When Rudeness Dominates Your Work Culture, Everyone Pays the Price | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it

"You’re rude because your boss is rude." 

What happens when you have bad behavior and you do nothing about it from an organizational perspective? When you do not address it in the flick of a switch, this could become your culture.

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If you haven't begun to create "the right" culture in your firm, do it now. The result of a poor culture permeates not only through your staff but also into your relationships with clients.

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To Change the Culture, Stop Trying to "Change the Culture"

To Change the Culture, Stop Trying to "Change the Culture" | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it
Instead, start with a few small successes.

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Getting your firm's culture "right" is something that requires more than just hope....

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Getting Defensive at Work is Holding You Back

Getting Defensive at Work is Holding You Back | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it

“You know that situation where you get an evaluation from your boss, and she tells you 37 things you do really awesome, and one thing – an ‘opportunity for growth?’ And all you can think about is that opportunity for growth, right?” says Brene Brown, professor at University of Houston, says in her TED Talk on The Power of Vulnerability.

 

It’s that kind of obsession with criticism that stands between us and success. Dwelling on negativity – especially when the criticism is meant to be constructive – stunts professional growth and hurts happiness.

 

If you cannot face failure, you will not innovate, says Joseph Grenny, co-author of the New York Times best-sellers Influencer and Change Anything. And, he says, if you cannot embrace criticism, you will shut down feedback that’s essential for furthering your career.


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achievement vs. attitude: what’s driving your career?

achievement vs. attitude: what’s driving your career? | Australian Legal News | Scoop.it

Your experiences on your resume got you the job. Your accomplishments got you promoted. And your credentials have earned you oodles of respect. Or did they?

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