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It is difficult to refute Dr Heidi Gardner’s findings in her recent book SMART Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos.
Increasingly complex client issues, “VUCA problems – volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous”, demand comprehensive solutions that integrate highly specialised, diverse expertise. Most importantly, clients pay more for these solutions and stick with the firms that provide them.
Annual appraisals don't work. On some level, everyone in HR knows this.
Lawyers deserve better. Associates need to learn and grow. Partners need to align their goals with the firm's strategy. Everyone deserves good, timely feedback.
Download our guide to learn why a continuous feedback approach can deliver dramatic improvements. Learn:
- Why annual appraisals are ineffective
- The benefits of continuous feedback
- How to make it work
It's time to re-appraise appraisals and ObjectiveManager's white paper is a great place to start.
At ObjectiveManager, we have developed goal-setting software to help professional services firms and their people define strategy and improve performance through continuous feedback to power growth.
By simplifying the way firms conduct the entirety of their strategic planning from Sector/Client progammes to Partner Remuneration, we help them improve collaboration and optimise conditions for growth. Our innovative software turns individual gains into big business impact by making individual and firm-wide objectives visible, constant and actionable.
At ObjectiveManager we know that while setting objectives can be hard, actually achieving them is the real challenge.
We’ve all worked in law firms and understand that when you’re short on time, doing things right now often trumps doing things right. But if you aren’t heading in the right direction, it doesn’t matter how fast you’re moving.
- First, objectives are a necessity, not a luxury. For a firm to succeed there has to be a clear strategic plan in place, which includes its people achieving their personal objectives.
- Second, working towards your objectives will make you more efficient because objectives are there to keep you focused on the right things and avoid distractions.
‘In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensible.’ – Dwight D. Eisenhower
For a law firm to succeed it needs a good business plan and SMART objectives. Completing a sequence of tasks will get you so far but you have to know what you – and the firm as a whole – are trying to achieve. If you don’t know where you’re going, how do you know when you’ve got there? And, more importantly, how do you know what difference your work has made to the firm?