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Roger Hayse is a founding Director of Hayse LLC. For 30 years he has closely advised law firm management and legal industry service providers. His career is highlighted by consistently providing the counsel and leadership critical to successful law firm transitions. He is a frequent writer and speaker, and authored the 2002 book "Law Firm Strategy".

The vast majority of law firms are already or in the throes of or are about to experience a marked decrease in revenue, whether to closed courts, stalled transactions, or simply because clients are pulling back and paying more slowly.

For a very small minority of law firms declining cash balances aren’t a problem thanks

These are exceptional times for all of law firms. Staying safe and assuring good health is of paramount concern.  But for all but a few firms, these times also will test leadership as it seeks firm stability in uncharted waters.

In crisis,  leadership must  be seen and heard,  manage cash flow/liquidity prudently, and confront tough

Don’t waste your time trying to control the uncontrollable, or trying to solve the unsolvable, or think about what could have been. Instead, think about what you can control and solve the problem you can solve with the wisdom you have gained from both your victories and your defeats in the past.  – David Mahoney

The global consulting firm, McKinsey and Company, recently released a number of articles related to research they have done on transforming businesses. One in particular, Why your next transformation should be ‘all in’, resonated with me.

In summary, the article presents a persuasive argument suggesting“all in” transformations— initiatives that address both services (or products)

 I don’t know where we should take this company, but I do know that if I start with the right people, ask them the right questions, and engage them in vigorous debate, we will find a way to make this company great. Jim Collins

So many law firms — big and small — continue

Let’s start by defining terms. There are a number of characteristics that might be used to bring definition to   “potential”  – size, profitability, locations, and so on. But, for purposes of this discussion, I define it as achieving the professional goals of the firm’s professionals. If, over the span of a career, the