“It is very difficult to know how to bring about performance change in a professional service firm when either the professionals often think they know best or they don’t like change. This very useful guide demonstrates not only how to do it, but also how to persuade others it’s a good idea. It is easy to read with useful appendices, which you can use to apply to your own situation. So, if you want to bring about performance change, you should definitely give it a go.”
Nick Page, Chairman, Bond Dickinson LLP, UK
“Narrated as a real-world case study, How to Become the Firm of Choice is the practical, step-by-step field guide for the managing partner of any law firm to follow to help get their colleagues to a higher level of market success. Read it from start to finish but pay particular attention to the logical and insightful ‘Key exhibits’ included in the latter part of the text. They make the entire book exemplary.”
Patrick J. McKenna, Internationally recognized advisor to the leaders of premier law firms
The consensus from a number of recent reports is that the majority of law firms will again see flat revenue growth in 2017.
With external spending down, new legal service providers entering the market, and clients demanding more effective and efficient services, probably the only thing we can predict with any certainty is that competition will only get tougher.
So, how do firms break out of the pack and put themselves in a position to enjoy sustained success?
How to Become the Firm of Choice provides the answer: firms have to make an explicit decision to become “the firm of choice” in their chosen markets. And, in doing so, they must move their operations to the next level. This means:
- Analyzing and improving every aspect of the firm’s operations
- Ensuring all of the firm’s internal operations and processes are aligned with what the firm needs to do to be successful in its markets
- Maintaining an absolute commitment to being the best and a refusal to accept the status quo; and, crucially
- Being one-step better than the competition
Taking a fictional law firm as an example, the book examines in detail five main drivers of professional service firm performance:
- Financial and
- Underpinning beliefs
Through models, matrices, and examples based on the authors’ extensive experience advising leaders of professional service firms around the world, How to Become the Firm of Choice shows just how this can be achieved in today’s competitive market.
It explains the questions firms need to ask, and the challenges they need to overcome, in each area in order to improve each aspect – and take the firm to the next level.
About the authors
An invitation to a firm’s retreat
Cast of characters
- Where to begin
- Oh no! Not another bloody meeting!
- Cliff’s opening remarks
- Nathan’s story
- Questions from partners
- Mark’s opening comments
- Mark’s findings
- Categorizing the issues
- Let’s get to work
- Market questions
- Client questions
- People questions
- Financial questions
- Underpinning beliefs questions
- What we agreed to agree
- Mark’s closing comments
- Cliff’s closing comments
- Two weeks later
- Mark’s opening comments
- Findings & proposals
- Markets team
- Clients team
- People team
- Finance team
- Underpinning beliefs team
- Making it happen
- Change is tough
- What do we do with the partners who don’t want to join us?
- A picture is worth a thousand words
- Two years later
- A final word
- Exhibits and key concepts