Focus on One Area of Improvement

Kathy Fortin

January 19, 2017

Law firm owners have more to do than time will allow. Between client development, doing the legal work and running the firm there is not enough time to do everything. Often the area that is last on the priority list has to do with managing the firm better. Whether it is improved management of staff or developing time-saving systems, they never get reached.

A week ago I heard a radio report suggesting a different way to accomplish New Year’s Resolutions. Rather than make a list of things to do, the idea is, instead, to set one intention, to develop a “focus” on something that we would like to improve. For example, rather than a laundry list that might include: lose weight, go to the gym three times a week, eat healthy, and so on, the focus, instead, would become: Develop healthier habits.  Having law firm managers in mind, I believe this approach can work. Say there are many things on your mind that you want to do differently in your law firm, the idea may seem daunting. But, if you pick one area, you might simplify the process.  Pick an area important to you. It might be one of the following.

  • Improve my financial reports used to manage the firm
  • Develop ways to incentivize staff
  • Set a firm revenue goal

Whatever you pick, focus on it with a mindset that now is the time to make it a priority.