What are the best practices for business development? How do you build a book of business? Are there any especially great business development tips for women? Reader S, a new partner, wonders: I am starting at a new firm as a partner where there is a great deal of emphasis on client development. Its a … Read More about How to Build a Book of Business: Business Development Tips for Women
Advice on Being a Boss
Getting to the C-suite isn't always as easy as it seems -- being a boss can be trying in new and challenging ways. Whether you need some help getting to be a boss, or now you're a boss and need advice on things like delegating and managing subordinates -- we've got you covered.
2017 Update: We still stand by our advice on how to show authority without wearing a suit, but you may also want to check out The Ultimate Guide to Business Casual for Women. What do you wear when you want to show authority without wearing a suit? We’ve talked about what to wear when a suit … Read More about I Can’t Wear a Suit — But Want to Show Authority
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on holiday tips, but you may also want to check out all of our posts on holiday business etiquette. We’ve talked about what to tip your secretary for the holidays before, but we haven’t talked about the bigger question of other tips and year-end gifts — I’ve been getting … Read More about Holiday Tipping
2017 update: We still stand by this advice on what to tip your secretary for the holidays (but obviously as we note below, know your office!) — but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion of how much money you give for holiday tips (from doormen to assistants), as well as our … Read More about What to Tip Your Secretary for the Holidays
What qualities should you look for when you hire someone? Reader G wonders, particularly with regard to legal assistants: Can you do a post about tips for interviewing and hiring a legal assistant? I’m a newer attorney and I share a legal assistant with two other attorneys. What should I look for in a new … Read More about How to Hire an Assistant
2017 update: We still stand by this advice on how to be a boss (and links have been updated) but you may also want to check out our latest discussions on being a boss. How do you be a boss — if you’ve never been a boss before? What changes do you have to make … Read More about How to Be a Boss
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to step up your working wardrobe (and links have been updated below!), but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion from our Next Step series on the different tiers of professional clothing brands. How do you step up your working wardrobe … Read More about How to Step Up Your Working Wardrobe
Reader L has a great question about how to show her appreciation for a new secretary who’s doing a great job: I’m a young associate at a new firm and a few times recently, my secretary has helped me put together and file huge motions. Of course such filings are always done up against tight … Read More about How to Show Your Secretary You Appreciate Her
How do you get a lazy secretary to work harder for you — or how do you complain about her to the Powers That Be without seeming petty? Reader E, a reader from New Zealand, has this very problem… I share my secretary with my supervising partner, however he hardly uses her and often if … Read More about The Lazy Secretary
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to become a leader (and links have been updated below), but you may also want to check out our latest discussion on online women’s management training. Ladies, what are your best tips on how to become a leader? Reader S has a great question about how to … Read More about How to Become a Leader: Leadership Resources for Female Executives
2016 Update: We still stand by these tips on delegating to your assistant — but you may also want to check out our latest discussion on how to delegate! Reader E wonders what you can and should ask your assistant or secretary to do — and what is off limits. Great question! I have been … Read More about Delegating: Using Your Assistant Well
2019 Update: Administrative Professionals’ Day is April 24, 2019. You can check out our most recent thread on what we’re getting for our assistants on Administrative Professionals’ Day here. As some commenters are noting today, Administrative Assistant’s Day is April 27 — right around the corner. (Most flower places are touting “Administrative Assistant’s Week” as starting … Read More about PSA: Administrative Assistant’s Day is Almost Here!