Creating the Model Partner – Strategy Question of the Month – July 2012

This month’s strategy question is designed to be a bit of fun – but, in the service of a serious strategic issue.  As  law firm leaders are well aware, lateral movement by partners has increased dramatically over the past decade-plus.  Surveys routinely find that lateral hiring is an important strategy for firm growth.

So, what do we really want in a partner?  Loyalty in this era of lateral movement is certainly welcome.  But, if we take a moment to think about the characteristics and traits that comprise the best partners – the “model partner” so to speak – what is the right mix of business generation, legal acumen, people development and other factors we really want in a partner?  If for no other reason, a firm’s leaders should be able to articulate that to up and coming associates (i.e., what do you expect associates to become?).

The survey below is designed to be quick.  Divide 100 points across the characteristics you want in a “model partner.”  We will tally and publish the results at the end of the month.  Deadline for participation is the end of business on Monday, July 30, 2012.

If for any reason the survey is not visible to you in the window below, simply click this link and you will be taken directly to the survey.  Thank you for your insights, we look forward to publishing the results soon.