By Emily Jordan – Guest Contributor On one February morning, every teacher in my school received an “Intent to Return” paper in their mailboxes. When I saw that paper in my own box, my palms immediately started sweating, my throat tightened and my heart started pounding from somewhere deep inside my chest. I was 22 years old and had no intent to return for the following school year. It was my first job after school, and in just 2 months I would be graduating with a Master’s in teaching, which would surely be useless the moment I slipped this notice back into my principal’s box. ..
Tim’s CPA background steers his focus toward numbers and metrics but he concedes that there is a lot more that goes into running a successful practice such as culture and human resources, which allows him to approach firms from a holistic stance. As a client of Vista, Michael shares that he has a personal appreciation for Vista’s value to plaintiff firms, which he also acknowledges has allowed him to sleep better at night knowing the firm runs smoother than ever. Michael explores with Tim his launching point in working with plaintiff firms; and discovers the strategic decision Tim made ..
The final mistake that we see firms make in their intake department is that they don't put anyone in charge of intake. No one has a day-to-day ownership of the intake process and is responsible for quality control. Is there a non-partner point person who owns intake? Is there someone that knows throughout the day the status of every lead, the number of leads received, how many were accepted, or which contracts are out there to be returned? Without one person in charge—one person who owns the process and oversees compliance—you really don't have a shot at running a great int ..
The good news about intake is that if you fix it today, you will see benefits tomorrow. The bad news about intake is that you can't ever let your guard down. It is not one of those things that you can get right and forget about it. You have to constantly be monitoring it, making sure systems and processes are maintaining integrity and making sure that you are up to date with the latest trends in the business. We have looked at the intake departments of small firms and large firms—firms that are processing thousands of leads per month, and firms that are handling a few dozen per ..
“We met with Vista for a strategic planning session as our firm is at the crossroads and we wanted some outside perspective to help us with our planning. Vista provided a very focused environment so that we could develop our “Painted Picture” or 5-year plan. As we were very involved in the process, the conclusions we arrived at were not surprising to us, but having a road map to help us take the next step has been very beneficial to us. We have been working on the required steps and are making progress, and we do always come back to the Painted Picture and the principles we discussed in realizing our objectives. It is very much an ongoing process, and we know Vista is there for us, if and when we need their further input and objective perspective. Vista’s knowledge of the inner working of Plaintiff Personal Injury law firms allowed them to offer their insight and perspective to our unique circumstances. The fact that we are in Canada proved to be no barrier to understanding what our firm is all about.”
- Wendy and David Share
- Wendy and David Share
“… 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
- Bill Berg
"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
- Jim Reed / Owner