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A tailored approach to your first 100 days as managing partner

By Julious P. Smith Jr, Chair Emeritus, Williams Mullen

24 March 2015

A regime change presents a new leader with the opportunity to preview the future. At the national government level, the change usually generates a great deal of fanfare and rhetoric. A new president or prime minister faces tremendous pressure to effect change by embracing the platform that elected
him. Often, he uses the first 100 days
to create a momentum that will carry through his term.

The new law firm leader faces a
different and, in some ways, more challenging, situation. The nature of his role often precludes his making an early, dramatic mark. The culture of the firm,
his standing and other factors conspire
to prevent a grand entrance. Nevertheless,
he must use the first 100 days to set a tone for his administration. He will not have the opportunity again, so he must be prepared to take advantage of it.

Unlike the head of state, the new managing partner must tailor his actions to the comfort level of ...

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