August 1, 2006 Practice Tips Practice Tips: Find good people, then train them The scarcest commodity in the law practice today is not clients, technology sophistication, or even capital resources. It’s good people.With a shortage of available skilled talent, it is more important than ever to “hire for attitude — then teach the skills.” The bedrock principle that “The best predictor of future success is past behavior” has never been more applicable. The skills needed to work in a law firm can be taught, but if the underlying work ethic is laziness or untruthfulness you would be better off leaving the position vacant. Thus, training new employees, once the fit is correct, has taken on an even greater importance.Certainly, this is true as it applies to technology usage. Many dollars are wasted by throwing new employees into a “sink or swim” environment with new software. The few dollars invested in training new employees to use the current versions of major law office software will bring an even greater return when the employee has the “right” attitude and motivation. Practice Tips is a service of the Practice Management Advisors Committee of the ABA Law Practice Management Section. It is not intended as legal advice, nor is it an authorized legal ethics opinion binding on any state bar or law society. For additional information about PMA services in Florida contact The Florida Bar’s Law Office Management Assistance Service (LOMAS) at (866) 730-2020. Practice Tips: Find good people, then train them
Guyana’s badminton queen, Priyanna Ramdhani, has secured a badminton scholarship at the Olds College Alberta, Canada. The disclosure was made by the Guyana Badminton Association (GBA) via a recent release. Ramdhani who is the Guyana national as well as the Caribbean junior champion will represent her badminton college team Broncos while pursuing a diploma in Business and Sports Management. “The Guyana Badminton Association is quite pleased that this opportunity came at a time when Priyanna can develop her game further and is only heading in one direction which is playing in the Olympics which we know with all her great performances that her ambition will one day materialize,” the association revealed. Ramdhani most recent outing saw her being crowned triple champion at the CAREBACO International Open Championships held in Barbados. Head Coach of Broncos Mary Smith who drafted her said that she was very pleased to sign the Guyanese. “Priyanna is a force on the courts, winning a triple crown at the Caribbean Games this past year, and ranked one in Guyana. “Priyanna has grown up with badminton since she was a young girl having her father as her coach and her brother as a team mate. Priyanna has a champion’s heart on and off the court. “Her positive attitude, determination, commitment to her studies, and support of her teammates exemplifies what it is to be a Bronco student-athlete.“Priyanna also has her sights on the Olympics and we are here to help her achieve her dream,” he said, noting that Olds College Broncos Badminton team was thrilled to have the Guyanese in their ranks.