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5 Tips for Getting Big Projects to the Finish Line

January 15, 2014
5 Tips for Getting Big Projects to the Finish Line - blog post image At Vista Consulting we have the privilege of working with plaintiff personal firms of many different sizes and in many different markets. We often get asked by our clients what is the most important characteristic of a COO/Office Manager or Managing Partner. There are several important characteristics, but one that is essential is the ability to juggle the day-to-day pressing issues and not lose sight of long term goals. If you are a fan of the late Steven Covey you are familiar with his Four Quadrants of Time Management. The concept of the four quadrants is that all activities can b ..

Get up, Get Ready, and Go to Work

January 03, 2014
Get up, Get Ready, and Go to Work - blog post image A few weeks ago while watching TV, I caught part of an old Charlie Rose show where he interviews interesting guests one on one at a round table. His guest that night was Tom Clancy, who sadly, recently passed away at the age of 66. As you may know, Clancy was the critically acclaimed, enormously successful author of such popular works such as The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and many other literary works. What struck me was how down to earth Clancy seemed for such a successful guy. He was a straight talker, but had an appealing, calm and direct way o ..

Intakes - How Are They Handled In Your Firm?

December 27, 2013
Intakes - How Are They Handled In Your Firm? - blog post image Every law firm receives new client calls from some form of advertising. It could be word of mouth, yellow pages, referrals or television. The big question is: How are Intakes Handled in Your Firm? The Initial Call – Could be the MOST important call your firm receives From the moment the phone in your office is answered your prospective client is forming an opinion about your ability to represent him or her. This is the one chance that your firm has to make an impression on the perspective caller. Often, some of the least paid and least trained employees in a law firm are task ..

Watermelons or Potatoes? What do you expect?

December 27, 2013
Watermelons or Potatoes? What do you expect? - blog post image Farmers are a risk taking bunch. Elements out of their control affect their success or failure. They are at the mercy of the scorching sun, drenching rains, and driving winds. I propose that the most successful farmers don’t pay much attention to the circumstances out of their control however, but are obsessive about the factors within their realm of influence. The farmer prepares the field each season by ridding it of unwanted weeds, fertilizing the soil and providing adequate irrigation. He gathers the right tools and equipment and labor. In a word, he is “ready” to succeed.  ..
Jim Reed
"I have to confess, I was initially skeptical that Vista could significantly improve my firm. Heck, we are a small firm (4 lawyers) in a small city and have been in business for 60+ years. Frankly, we were already doing well and had managed to carve out a successful business handling personal injury and malpractice cases. But I met (and liked) Tim McKey and we were having a good year, so I thought, let’s give them a try to see if they can offer any meaningful improvement. I am happily surprised to say that hiring Vista is one of the best business decisions I ever made. Vista analyzed and made recommendations in a few key areas and helped us implement changes in those areas. In less that one year, we are already reaping substantial dividends from those simple changes. As lawyers, we think we are pretty smart and know our business pretty well, but I can tell you that inviting an outside set of experienced eyes to take a close look at the way your firm operates WILL reveal many things you never saw and many areas for improvement. If you want to REALLY learn about your firm and how to improve it, I HIGHLY recommend a consultation with Vista."
- Jim Reed / Owner
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
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