Some of the most read posts this year have focused on questions I have been pondering. Most of the questions are about trying to determine what difference, if any, a particular circumstance might make.  For example: 

These are not the only questions I have been pondering. I am actually thinking of writing a blog post on each of these additional thought provoking questions. In the meantime I would appreciate hearing your answers.

  1. What could a lawyer accomplish if he/she had no fear of failing?
  2. Why do most lawyers spend more time planning their vacation than they spend planning their career?
  3. Why are so few young lawyers interested in learning how to attract, retain and expand relationships with clients?
  4. Can law firms apply Ritz Carlton Gold Standard service principles when no client gets up in the morning and says "Oh boy I get to go see my lawyer today?"
  5. How can lawyers and law firms use Seth Godin’s idea of leading Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us (any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea) as an effective business development approach?
  6. What would a law firm be like that focused on Ken Blanchard’s and Sheldon Bowles‘ ideas on creating Raving Fans clients with Gung Ho! lawyers and staff rather than associates billing hours and partners increasing profits?
  7. What will happen to law firms when the baby boomer rainmakers retire and why are so few working to develop the next generation of rainmakers?
  8. How can the current generation of litigators build a trial practice when so few cases are tried?
  9. Why aren’t more firms doing a transactional practice boot camp similar to the NITA programs for litigators?
  10. Why do law firms spend such a small percentage of their revenue (compared to what their clients spend) on developing their people and marketing?
  11. What would law firms be like if they were as innovative as Apple? Take a look at this book review as a place to start.