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Apply Sam Walton’s Customer Service Commandments To Your Firm

July 31, 2017
Say what you want about Wal-Mart today, when Sam Walton was building this multi-national company, he was fanatical about client service. He was adamant that his leadership team was not only familiar with, but followed 11 Customer Service Commandments. We could all do well by adapting these concepts to our firms. Here they are (replaced “customers” with “clients” and “business” with “firm”): Our clients are the most important people in our firm. Clients are not dependent upon us; we are dependent upon them. Clients are not interruptions of our work; they are the purpose of our wor ..

Your People Are NOT Your Most Valuable Resource

July 05, 2017
Your People Are NOT Your Most Valuable Resource - blog post image What? That’s not what we’ve been told since we became managers. How can this be? It’s true, your people are not your most valuable resource….the RIGHT people are! Ok….Ok….Ok…now we get it. But how do we know if we have the right people? First, how did you hire them? Did you have an intentional process to attempt to fit the person with the position? Did you explain the position, the detailed job description, and the scorecard (how their performance will be judged) to the candidate? Did you have them explain to you why they are the right person fo ..

HOW DO I GET MY TEAM ON THE SAME PAGE?

June 30, 2017
HOW DO I GET MY TEAM ON THE SAME PAGE?  - blog post image To paraphrase Verne Harnish, the author of “Mastering the Rockefeller Habits” and “Scaling Up,” if you want everyone to be on the same page, first there must be a page. Sounds simplistic, but you would be surprised how much impact this small discipline can have at your firm. As leaders (and everyone at the firm is a leader in some capacity), we often expect those around us to read our minds and know exactly what we are trying to accomplish. We are shocked that those around us don't know exactly what we mean. "I told you in that meeting"…"I sent you that email"…"We talked ..

Office Managers, HR Professionals and Trainers-When does your firm need them?

January 22, 2014
Office Managers, HR Professionals and Trainers-When does your firm need them? - blog post image You have an Office Manager, but is it time to also hire a Human Resources Manager? How do you know? Is this a full time or part-time position? Can you move an existing employee into this role? These are some of the basic questions you should ask as the size of the team in your organization grows. 1. Start with an Office Manager. The first administrative position a small firm requires is that of an Office Manager. This person is typically responsible for everything from facilities management to hiring, and just about everything in- between. When a firm is small, (5 – 20 total sta ..

Paul B. Harding
"As our firm grew, it became difficult to track the progress of cases through the various units, along with the customer service provided to our clients. VISTA developed dashboards for all this and more! When viewing our dashboard, I now have all the important data at my fingertips: client contact, file review, the number of demands filed, files placed in suit, and so much more! Our unit managers also use these tools to ensure that attorneys and staff are staying on-track. As Managing Partner, I am pulled in many directions at once and am often out of the office — the dashboard allows me to zero in on issues as they develop, regardless of my location or the time of day. Great solution for us!"
- Paul B. Harding / Managing Partner
Bill Berg
“… They have also worked with us in ways to improve how many new cases we sign-up – they constantly are coaching us in ways we can do things better in that regard. In our weekly meetings we go over our new case sign-ups, our demand times and various other statistics and topics. They hold us accountable to ourselves… I could go on & on – our accounting department was also restructured based much on their recommendations. And, Vista also researched and found a new CPA firm for me which actually keeps up on telling me what needs to be done instead of just keeping things as the status quo.”
- Bill Berg
Jerry Parker
"Vista has been a consultant to our firm for almost 2 years. One of the best business decisions I made was to retain Vista. They know plaintiff personal injury firms A-Z. And that's how they analyze your firm, its efficiencies (or lack thereof or worse), office design/flow, reception procedures, telephone procedures, equipment of all types, etc. If you think your office is running at the top of its game and you don't need them, you're probably wrong. I can't imagine Vista not being able to improve even the best run firms. The payback from what they do is likely to be realized within the 1st 3-6 months."
- Jerry Parker