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Getting things done: Bridging the gap between concept and action

By Nick Jarrett-Kerr, Visiting Professor, Nottingham Law School

22 September 2014

Most professionals – lawyers, accountants, doctors and academics – are invariably
quick to pick up and understand concepts. As intellectual workers, we are trained to reason, to analyse, to diagnose and to create solutions. Transferring concept into action, however, is less easy, particularly for lawyers totally subsumed in their legal work. Strategic and business planning can, accordingly, become an abstract piece of work, the perfect and glossy documentation of which may well end
up filed in a drawer, never again to see
the light of day.

There are three main obstacles
to successful implementation of aspirational ideas.

  1. Unrealistic dreams. Because concepts are relatively easy to formulate, it is tempting to create dreams and aspirations that are impossible to fulfil. To aspire to be the leading firm in the world or in your ...

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