There are hundreds of books devoted to law firm development and practice management. The books here have consistently been rated by my clients as being very valuable.
Amazon link to The Time Trap
This is THE classic from which most modern time management programs derive. It’s specific, clear, and loaded with practical checklists for structuring your approach to planning, managing interruptions, prioritizing, etc.
Amazon Link to First Things First.
This summary makes the case for breaking “the tyranny of the urgent” and attending to matters that will yield the highest returns.
Amazon link to Rainmaking Made Simple
The author delivers highly engaging and accessible advice in a personal, friendly tone for those ready to develop the rainmaking mindset. Its 48 compact chapters present the true heart and soul of rainmaking.
Amazon link to Rainmaking
Still THE classic in the increasingly crowded field of texts on rainmaking.
Amazon link to Value-Based Fees
Though written for consultants, the book provides an excellent framework for thinking about how to identify your highest value to your clients and how to speak with them about that value.
Amazon link to Paralegals, Profitability
The top resource on how to use and leverage paralegals to maximize client service and profitability.
Amazon link to Collection Management Handbook
Specific instructions on how to interact with debtors effectively, ethically, and legally, from the psychology of resistance to actual phone scripts and letters (as well as when and how to turn to a collection agency). The best overall resource available on this key topic.
Amazon link to Winning Alternatives
Covers the entire range of fee structures and how to introduce them to your clients. Includes outstanding collection of model fee agreements for all the approaches presented.
Law Practice Today online articles covering profitability, alternative billing, etc. Link to archived articles
Read this and other articles, which, while not geared to the law firm, are highly instructive on how to effectively (or not) bring new personnel on board.
Amazon link to Customer Service Training 101
Specific, practical, and critically important training for staff on how to engage clients positively.
Amazon link to The Trusted Advisor
An excellent discussion of the importance of trust, how to grow it, and how it operates in a professional services relationship.
ABA Bookstore link to Easy Self Audits
Dozens of helpful checklists to help you assess how you’re doing in key areas such as client service, office management systems and procedures, and support staff management.
Link to ABA LPM tech articles
Excellent collection of Law Practice Today online articles covering hardware, software, web resources, and other technology.
Amazon link to EQ Quickbook
Particularly useful for attorneys, this easy-to-read, high-impact text explains “emotional intelligence,” how to increase it, and how to apply it to foster more effective and satisfying business relationships.
Amazon link to Mastery
A concise and powerful explanation of why it’s so difficult to master a new set of behaviors – and how you can do it successfully.
Amazon link to Transorming Practices
Keeva, a senior editor of the ABA Journal, presents seven different approaches to “integrating heart and mind” into the practice of law. His examples and discussion provide concrete yet transformative ways to deepen personal and professional satisfaction for lawyers.
Amazon link to E-Myth Revisited
An absolute must-read for solos and small firm owners. Lays out the critical distinction between working IN your practice and working ON your practice, and why you need to do both. Also explains the Technician-Manager-Entrepreneur model and how to put it in place effectively.
Amazon link to The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
Another easy-to-read but extremely powerful book by the author of Death By Meeting. Lencioni reveals the root cause of so much organizational distress and then shows how any group of people can learn to build trust, engage in healthy conflict, increase buy-in, hold each other accountable, and focus on results.
ABA Bookstore link to The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
This is the best new book to be published on growing and running a law firm in several years. It’s insightful, comprehensive, and unusually well written.
Amazon link to Master Change
Very practical approach to understanding and executing the process of organizational change. Topics include building buy-in, dealing with resistance, setting timetables, and maintaining effective communication throughout the process.