In our consulting engagements, Altman Weil is called upon to help legal organizations in many different areas, and yet it is striking how often we find that the root of the problem is the same – people. The right people in the wrong jobs, the wrong people in the partnership, and a lack of awareness or will to solve the problem.
In 2003, many law firms will attempt to become more competitive through strategic planning, marketing or reorganization, and they will not be wrong to do so. But they will be only half right, unless they also address critical people issues head-on. Having the right people in the firm (and only the right people) is not a luxury. It is a necessity.