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Advice for New Lawyers

I’m speaking again this week to University of Alabama law students about career opportunities for lawyers working in government relations.  It’s not an easy time for new lawyers to get started, so I’ve been thinking about what I can say to … Continue reading

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True Professionalism at an Association Management Firm

I’ve just completed David Maister’s True Professionalism.  Originally published in 1997 and still relevant today, it is the single best guide I’ve found so far to managing a professional services firm like Verto Solutions. The most concise part of the … Continue reading

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How Does Nick Saban Do It?

  There’s an interesting article in the September 24, 2012 Fortune magazine, “Leadership Lessons from Nick Saban” by Brian O’Keefe, a former Birmingham resident who spent time earlier this year inside the Saban bubble in Tuscaloosa. I also read a … Continue reading

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How to Make 2013 a Great Year: Your Guide to a More Productive Life

I always enjoy the sense of possibility that comes with an approaching New Year.  Fueled by holiday beverages, and reflected in a roaring fire, I see a more interesting and productive year on the horizon.  Can you see it too? … Continue reading

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The Best Books for Association Executives

It’s the time of year when booksellers tell us what books make good gifts for certain categories of readers.  It made me wonder if there was a list of the best books for association executives?  Somewhat surprisingly, I couldn’t find one.  … Continue reading

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McLean’s Most Generous Resident?

Yesterday’s Washington Post column by Robert McCartney highlighted the charitable contributions of William E. Conway, Jr.  Bill Conway is Co-chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the DC private equity firm, the Carlyle Group. We hear quite a bit about Conway’s … Continue reading

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Discussing Business Success Over a Shrimp Po Boy

I had a nice lunch yesterday with Dr. Bob Sprague.  “Dr. Bob” is a well-known organizational psychologist who has worked with many privately-held firms over the years.  Bob is interested in helping companies and leaders think differently.  Our lunch was … Continue reading

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