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What Does George Clooney Have to Do With Your Messy Office?

November 30, 2011

Filed under: Practice Management,Processes — @ 8:00 am

I saw the new George Clooney movie, “The Descendants” this weekend. It’s good. Clooney does an excellent job playing a man in a tough spot in his life.

So, you say, what does this have to do with law practice management? Well, Clooney’s character, Matt King, is a lawyer. There’s a shot of King in his office, surrounded by Redweld files and stacks of paper. It’s hard to see his desk.

I was struck by the image. So many lawyers have messy desks! And, it costs money. Think about it — how much time to you spend every day looking for stuff? If it’s fifteen minutes and you bill hourly at $300 an hour, that’s $225 a week in billable revenue or $11,700 a year! It’s not a good road to profitability.

Moreover, I think a really messy office is a symptom of a law firm without processes. It probably means there are many other inefficiencies — and lost revenues — in your practice.

To counteract this, I suggest you implement what my good friend and colleague, Steve Riley, calls the “Clean Office Solution.” Set a time for you and your team to clean out your office. Be ruthless. Throw away stuff you don’t need.

But there’s more to it than that, and that’s why you need your team involved. Work with your team to develop systems so the messes don’t happen again. Reward your team for creative solutions to prevent messes. My guess is that you’ll generate so much more revenue that the incentives will be more than worth it.

Please let me know how this helps you!

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