"This would be a great law firm if I could get my partners to do the right thing."

This is a frequent comment in many law firms, even ones that are otherwise well-managed and successful. It is easy to become frustrated when our colleagues do not perform in ways that are consistent with commitments that they have made.

Competing commitments are a fact of life in any organization. They can be especially subtle and complicated in law firms. They also can be managed, through frank identification and analysis of them.

Click here to download our paper on Competing Commitments, which outlines a practical method to resolve competing priorities and commitments among partners and to reduce these frustrating obstacles to group effectiveness.

Lisa Walker Johnson