The Unpredictable, Rewarding World of Legal Management
Hey ALA! Those of you who attended our Annual Conference & Expo in Grapevine, Texas, last month witnessed a full gamut of weather put on display by Mother Nature. Springtime in Texas definitely involves an element of erratic weather — sudden and strong thunderstorms, dramatic swings in temperature followed by warm sunshine and perfect blue skies. And that’s all in the span of an afternoon!
In many ways, spring weather is like legal management — variable, wonderful, occasionally stormy, subject to change in an instant and never ordinary. I have come to think of what we do as legal management professionals as an adventure full of surprises. As unpredictable as our day-to-day professional lives can be, I am comforted knowing that membership in ALA means I have a dependable, responsive and relevant toolkit to go to in time of crisis or calm.
In this month’s Legal Management, you will find plenty of what you need to prepare your legal organization for whatever the industry or an unforeseen force of nature may throw at it. Our cover story provides insights on the hard and soft skills that personnel throughout your organization need to remain competitive and provide outstanding client service. Communication, collaboration and empathy are the key attributes for everyone from the front desk to the corner office. These are some of the core skills of leadership. That’s where our Association really shines by offering opportunities to further and continuously develop this skill in our members.
Another feature article describes six strategies that you can use to attract top talent in a tough hiring market. With unemployment at the lowest it’s been in 50 years, getting the right people in the door is crucial. These strategies are also excellent for retaining your talented team once you’ve hired them, so you can keep them engaged and evolving — which is key for futureproofing your legal organization during this dynamic time.