Good Choices Equal Good Leadership

Updated: Oct 25

A couple years ago, we posted an article during the Halloween season that was supposed to simply capture the attention of anyone in law firm leadership who may be surfing our blog for meaningful insight.


Well, it’s that time of year again, but rather than highlight a particular scary movie, our team agreed that there is a certain television car insurance commercial that perfectly communicated our Halloween message this year.  So in honor of everyone who loves this fun, dysfunctional holiday, here you go…



This television commercial opens with four young adults frantically running and trying to decide their fate by choosing the wisest path to escape certain calamity.


The narrator voice speaks, “If you’re in a horror movie, you make poor decisions. That’s what you do.”  And the group quickly considers between these options:


A. Hide in the basement of a dilapidated spooky house;

B. Get in a nearby convertible sports car - that is a mere few feet away and running; or

C. Run and hide behind the wall of hanging chainsaws, which is exactly where the masked man with the chainsaw is hiding.


This is, of course, all fun and mockery. But in real life, what if others depend on your leadership and the choices you make?  We can all agree that making good choices is important, but what happens when those in leadership are not aware of their blind spots? “You don’t know what you don’t know,” right? Or worse, what happens when the blind spots of those in leadership appear to be getting larger?


As a side note, there is a part in Halloween II where Dr. Loomis says, “You don’t know what death is,” followed by the theme song that never fails to give us goosebumps.


Fortunately, because of our track record of working closely with top rated partners and law firms, we recognize those pitfalls (blinds spots) when partners and law firms continue to recycle the same decisions time and time again, especially when it comes to managing strategic growth. It can be summed up like this: the strategies of the past weren’t working, so law firms slide another unequipped partner into the same leadership position and expect a different outcome. Do you recognize the wall of hanging chainsaws here?


Our blog is intended to encourage internal reflection based on this truth, “You can’t see what’s in your blind spot.”


Click here if you would enjoy watching the above referenced tv commercial. Trust us, it’s worth the 30 seconds.


Click here if you want to reread that Halloween blog from a couple years ago.


Email us at teamjag@jaglaw.com if you would like to talk confidentially about our proven methods we have identified to assist some of the most prominent law firms in overcoming real life challenges.


Or perhaps you are a seasoned partner and feel it would be prudent to confidentially discuss your options at this stage of your career.



Look for our next blog -

Where Is Your Strategic Plan?


Who can resist gazing upon a beautiful fall day as soft white clouds gently float across the sky.

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